FRANKLIN, IND. – Adrian Johnson's sparkling first season in a Manchester University uniform kept its frenetic pace intact Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The freshman guard from Indianapolis, Ind., posted MU's first individual 30-points-plus outing since January of 2015 with 30 to go along with team bests in assists (four) and steals (three), helping send the Spartans past Franklin College 88-63. Johnson's credentials, through 12 games, include 10 double-figure scoring totals and three contests of 20-or-more points over his last five appearances.
Hitting on 11-of-19 field attempts and making eight-of-13 charity stripe tosses, he was four Black and Gold players ending in double digits scoring-wise. Sophomore guard Brody Kirby (Frankfort, Ind.) came off the bench personal single-game career high 19 points, while the senior combination of guard Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) and forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) ended with 10 each as well. Brown's night inside the Spurlock Center didn't stop on the points column, as he grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.
MU, moving to 6-6 overall and 3-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, broke away from a back and forth trend in the first 11 minutes that saw six ties and each team holding the lead with a 10-0 run in the latter stages that led them to a 37-34 halftime edge. The Spartans got out of the gates fast in the second frame by tallying the first nine points and didn't look back.
Manchester University resumes a brief two-game road swing Saturday, Jan. 9. They travel to Rose-Hulman's Hulbert Arena in Terre Haute, Ind., for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
NOTES: The win moved the Spartans into a three-way tie for fourth in the conference, just one game out of a three-way tie for first … Registering 85-or-more points for the third time in the last four games, Coach Gerad Good's squad saw its season points per contest improving to 76.4 which is a new high water mark.