SELINGSGROVE, Pa. – The Franciscan men's basketball team dropped the opening game of the 2016 Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament host by Susquehana to King's (Pa.), 85-62, Friday night.
Junior Garrison Holmes converted a layup with 13:25 left in the first half to give the Barons a 12-11 lead, their last of the game before King's scored 16 unanswered points to build a 27-12 lead. Freshman Michael Mendicino halted the run with 7:02 left as he hit a three off a pass from sophomore Juwan Perkins.
The Monarchs built their largest lead of the half behind a three-pointer from Eddie Hall to give King's a 45-22 lead. Junior Keoni Sablan closed out the scoring in the first half with a three-pointer and closed out a trip to the foul line with a good foul shot to cut the lead to 45-26 at the half.
King's took its largest lead of the game with 14:34 to play in the second as Ryan Wasley dropped in a layup to give the Monarchs a 36-point lead at 66-30. Holmes converted a three-point play at 13:42 before freshman Joe Schriner hit a jumped to cut the Monarch lead back to fewer than 30 at 67-38. King's kept the lead around 29 points for most of the second half until Mendicino hit another three at 2:16 to get the Barons within 26, 82-56.
The Barons closed out the game on a 6-2 run to bring the score to its final at 85-62. Schriner scored five of the team's final points including a three-pointer at 1:39.
Four different Barons finished the day in double digits as Sablan led the Barons with 15 points, including four three pointers. Holmes and Mendicino each finished with 11 points and Schriner chipped in 10. Freshman Josh York pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and Schriner added four.
The Barons will face Penn St.-Wilkes Barre tomorrow in the consolation game of the tournament at 1pm.