The first of two southernly treks is on the calendar for Manchester University Thursday, Jan. 9. The game at Franklin College had been originally set for Wednesday but was moved back a day due to the recent weather situation.
Game specifics: Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. inside FC's Spurlock Center. Live statistics are accessible at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.
Spartan Shorts: The Spartans stand 1-10 overall and 0-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. They're looking to put the brakes on a six-game losing skein … Junior forward Jon Thompson (Rushville, Ind.) made an immediate impact in his first game this season, tallying 23 points and five rebounds to lead the way in a 78-53 loss at the hands of the College of Mt. St. Joseph of Ohio Jan. 4. It was his third 20-point-plus effort in his last five appearances dating back to the end of 2012-13 … Fellow junior Grant Newlin (Muncie, Ind.) also had a strong afternoon against MSJ with 14 points. His points-per-game average mushroomed almost a full point (4.5 – 5.4) behind the total … Sophomore forward Jared Schrock (Logansport, Ind.) and freshman guard Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) have registered high marks on the current HCAC statistics report. Schrock is fifth in blocked shots (.9 per game), while Brouwer's three-point accuracy (39.5 pct.) is just out of the top 10 at No. 11 … FC turned in wins in both meetings a year ago. However, the Black and Gold has won five of the last eight in the overall series.
Transylvania Trip - MU makes the journey to Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 11, as part of a doubleheader with the women's team. Game times are 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men).