Men's Basketball Report (Week 3) - Transy Remains Unblemished at 4-0
GREENWOOD, IN - Transylvania University (4-0, 1-0 HCAC) remained perfect on the young season with two wins last week. The Pioneers began the week with an 85-80 road win over Thomas More and capped the week with an 82-67 win over Anderson to open conference play.
Sophomore guard Tate Cox (Hindman, Ky./Knott Co. Central) scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Pioneers over Anderson Saturday. Cox sank seven of his 10 shots from the field, including five of eight from three-point range. The sophomore added four rebounds, two steals, and an assist against the Ravens.
Against Thomas More, Cox netted 17 points to go with two rebounds, while shooting 4-for-8 from the field.
Junior forward Ethan Spurlin (Stanford, Ky./Lincoln Co.) led the Pioneers against Thomas More, pouring in 29 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Transylvania will travel to Earlham and Manchester this week for a pair of conference showdowns.
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Rose-Hulman (5-1, 1-0 HCAC), Franklin (3-3, 1-0 HCAC), and Manchester (3-4, 1-0 HCAC) stand alongside Transylvania with 1-0 marks in league play after the first week of the league schedule.
The Engineers suffered their first loss of the season early last week, falling to Wabash in a non-conference tilt. RHIT bounced back with an impressive 87-70 win at Defiance Saturday.
Sophomore Julian Strickland (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) scored a career-high 21 points with three rebounds and three steals to lead Rose over the Jackets.
The 87 points scored were the most points in a league game for the Engineers in the HCAC era.
Franklin was impressive during the week, defeating Millikin 67-56 and Bluffton 82-79.
Senior center Will Conoley (Franklin, Ind./H.S.) led the Grizzlies in both victories. In FC's win at Bluffton Saturday, Conoley scored a game-high 23 points, including eight points in the game's final 3:20 to hold off a Bluffton rally.
Conoley added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Grizzlies' win over Millikin.
Manchester was victorious in its only contest last week. The defending champion Spartans opened league play with a narrow 60-59 win over Hanover Saturday.
Senior guard Jordan Moss (Columbia City, Ind./H.S.) scored 13 points and dished out nine assists against the Panthers. Moss sank a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining to give Manchester the one-point win.
The black and gold battled back to win the contest after trailing 58-52 with 1:20 left in the game.
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