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Colonels snap three-game skid, defeat Franklin, 66-55

Colonels snap three-game skid, defeat Franklin, 66-55

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Centre men's basketball snapped its three-game skid with a 66-55 victory Tuesday evening at Franklin College.

The Colonels improve to 2-3 overall with the win – their first since the season-opener – while dropping the host Grizzlies to 1-4.

Sophomore Jacob Bates (LaGrange, Ky.) recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the visitors, and classmates Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) and Perry Ayers (Bowling Green, Ky.) added 10 points apiece.

Centre trailed Franklin during the early stages of Tuesday's contest, but flipped a switch midway through the first half to rip off a game-changing 20-2 run.

Down 13-6 near the 13-minute mark, the Colonels spent the better part of six minutes excelling on both ends of the court, and came away leading 26-15 with 7:38 on the clock. Six different Colonels scored during the stretch.

Centre carried a 33-23 lead into the half, holding the Grizzlies to just 9 for 27 (33.3%) overall from the field. The Colonels hit 13 of 23 (56.5%) of their shots inside the arc in the first period.

The Colonels never trailed in the second half, and at one point led by as many as 17 at 64-47.

Both sides shot around 40 percent for the game, but Centre had half as many turnovers as Franklin, which resulted in a 17-6 edge in points-off-turnovers.

Senior Zach Schmucker (Cincinnati) and sophomore Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) were part of a Centre bench that finished with 31 of the teams' 66 points, totaling nine apiece.

Bates' 12 boards marked a career-high, and Ayers tied his personal-best with seven rebounds.

The Colonels continue their stretch of six consecutive games away from home this Saturday, opening Southern Athletic Association play at Sewanee. Tip-off from Tennessee is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.