Freshman guard Bryant Smith passes the ball to a teammate during Manchester’s 85-64 loss to Transylvania
Freshman guard Bryant Smith passes the ball to a teammate during Manchester’s 85-64 loss to Transylvania
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Manchester University men’s basketball team fell on the road in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Transylvania University by a final score of 85-64 on Wednesday.

The host Pioneers used a 12-3 spurt to close the opening half and a 16-9 run to begin the second period to build a double-digit advantage over the Spartans. Manchester was able to whittle its deficit back to single digits midway through the second frame, however another 16-8 run by the Pioneers would put the game out of reach.

Transylvania was efficient on offense in Wednesday’s contest, shooting 53 percent (35-66) from the field. Transylvania scored 46 points in the paint and got 31 points from its bench. The Pioneers also held a 44-25 rebounding advantage over the Spartans.

Manchester was held to 41.7 percent (25-60) shooting on Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans made 10 three-pointers, finishing 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) from deep.

Brandon Christlieb (Ashley) led Manchester with 20 points. CJ Hampton (Hammond) added 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocked shots. Bryant Smith (West Lafayette) also scored in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

Simon Smith led the Pioneers with 17 points. Jaylan Green added 15 points while Hunter Penn contributed a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Manchester (7-11, 6-5 HCAC) will travel to Franklin College on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup with the Grizzlies.

Transylvania (9-7, 4-5 HCAC) will host Bluffton at 4 p.m. on Saturday.