Barons Fall to Chatham

Barons Fall to Chatham

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Franciscan men's basketball team fell to host Chatham 74-47 in both teams' opening night, Wednesday night.

The Barons (0-1) were led by sophomore Joe Schriner with 13 points while junior Juwan Perkins and sophomore Josh York each finished the day with nine rebounds. Schriner also dished out three assists.

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.