Bluffton ends regular season at 10-14February 19, 2000
The Bluffton College men's basketball team concluded their regular season schedule Saturday afternoon at Franklin College and finished with the fourth-highest scoring offense in the Heartland Conference. The Beavers will be competing in the HCAC Tournament as the #7 seed, however, as action was to have begun Tuesday night with BC traveling to #2 Hanover College.
The semi-finals and finals of the HCAC tourney will be played at Franklin College on Friday and Saturday.
Bluffton shot 55% from the floor and committed just seven turnovers, but it wasn't enough as HCAC regular season champion Franklin College handed BC a 94-82 defeat Saturday afternoon in Franklin, Indiana.
Jeremy Roberts led the Beavers with 27 points and 10 rebounds as BC closed out the regular season 10-14 overall and 2-10 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Bluffton will travel to Hanover College Tuesday night for the first round of the HCAC Tournament.
Franklin went on a 13-2 run midway through the first half to take control of the game and did not trail at any time in the second half despite a 58% shooting effort from BC in the final 20 minutes of play. Back to back layups from Ben Coole brought the margin to within five points with 4:33 left in the game, but a 9-0 run from the Grizzlies at that point swung the momentum back in favor of the home team.
Travis Elsass scored 21 points for BC, while Coole added 14 and Rod Overmyer netted 10.
Billy Scott led Franklin with 26 points on 13-18 shooting.
Mount St. Joseph
The College of Mount St. Joseph put together an impressive ending to Wednesday night's game against Bluffton College as the Lions ran away with a 107-76 Heartland Conference victory in Founders Hall.
Bluffton took a 62-60 lead with just over 15 minutes left in the game, but the Mount outscored BC 47-14 over the remainder of the game to earn the 31 point victory. The final margin was MSJ's largest lead of the night, which the Lions built on a 24-4 run over a six minute stretch late in the game.
Chad Cramer and Ben Coole led Bluffton with 16 points each, while Travis Elsass added 13 points and Jeremy Roberts chipped in 11.
The game was also Pajama Night in Founders Hall, sponsored the BC athletic department. Over 30 fans walked away from the game with prizes including cash and food.
The Mount landed five players in double figures, led by Joe Toney with 23 points.