PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Franciscan men's basketball team fell to host Chatham 74-47 in both teams' opening night, Wednesday night.
The Cougars (1-0) opened the game with a 20-3 lead over the first 9:17, and effectively took control of the game. York hit a jumper at the 11:33 mark to halt a 14-0 run for Chatham. Schriner hit a jumper to cut the lead down to 27-12 with 7:52 to play in the half to get the Barons to within 15, 27-12, the closest they would get to the Cougars for the rest of the contest. The Cougars out-scored the Barons 14-9 over the final seven minutes to take a 41-21 lead into halftime.
Sophomore Matt Trent opened the scoring for the Barons in the second half as he completed the traditional three-point play after making his jumper and hitting the free throw. Schriner hit a jumper a minute later to get the Barons within 20 again, 46-26, but the Cougars scored the game's next six points to take a 50-26 lead. Chatham kept a steady lead on the Barons, though Franciscan outscored the Cougars 7-4 over the last four and half minutes to bring the score to its final, 74-47.
Franciscan shot 38.6% (17-44) for the game and held a 39-28 advantage in rebounds over the Cougars.
The Barons continue their season-opening road trip as they head to Oberlin on Friday for a two-day tournament. The Barons will square off against Oberlin on Friday at 7:30 pm before facing Earlham on Saturday at 3:00 pm.