FRANKLIN, IND. – Manchester University appeared on the verge of a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference road victory Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The Spartans, after overcoming a slow start at Franklin College's Spurlock Center in which they scored only seven of the first 25 points, answered throughout the remainder of the first 20 minutes and into the second stanza. MU carved out a 44-28 stretch to lead 51-46 after sophomore guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) converted a lay-up with just under 11 minutes remaining. However, the host Grizzlies had enough firepower remaining to overtake their guests down the stretch behind a 28-9 run that led to a 74-60 final.
MU, dropping to 6-12 overall and 4-7 in the HCAC which still puts them among the top six, had a balanced scoring attack led by the guard trio of senior Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.), sophomore Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Erik Bell (Evansville, Ind.). Johnson had a sparkling night with 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals; Alexander was also close to a double-double tallying 13 points and eight rebounds; and Bell continued his penchant for dishing the ball for made baskets with a team-leading five assists to go with 10 points.
The Black and Gold close a brief two-game loop road trip Saturday, Jan. 28. They take on Mt. St. Joseph as part of a doubleheader with the Spartans' women's program featuring game times of 3 and 5 p.m. at the Harrington Center on MSJ's campus.