Diplomats Fall Short of CC Championship
LANCASTER, Pa. - Dan Capkin went 8-for-12 from behind the arc, knocking down six triples in the second half for a game-high 26 points to lead Gettysburg over No. 23 Franklin & Marshall 73-65 to capture its third Centennial Conference (CC) crown on Sunday.
The Bullets (18-8), making their second straight appearance in the CC finale, made it three consecutive wins over the Diplomats this season to capture their first CC title since 2002 and earned the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Capkin set a conference tournament for most three-pointers made in a game with his eight triples. Andrew Powers added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Corey Dorsey went 9-for-11 from the free-throw line for 17 points.
Senior Danny Selig left it all on the court today in his chance for a conference championship, shooting 7-for-9 from the field for a team high and matching his career best with 17 points.
It doesn't feel like a championship game unless it comes down to the final minutes or seconds. Gettysburg was able to hold a tiny lead throughout the last 10 minutes of the contest, making three of its last field goals triples to walk away with the CC title.
F&M used a 10-2 run, starting with Anthony Brooks' three-pointer followed by seven straight points from James McNally to knot the game at 55-all with 6:04 left.
Capkin did not let the Diplomats get a chance to regain the lead they once had at 45-44, hitting another three-pointer to make it 58-55. Powers made two from the line and Selig was there to cut it to 60-58, but this time Chris Nevolo took his turn from three-point range to give the Bullets a five-point lead with 3:37 on the clock.
Brooks responded with another triple to keep F&M close. Capkin came down on the next possession and was left wide open in the right corner to take his time on his eighth and final three for a 66-61 edge.
The Diplomats got within one at 66-65 behind two free throws from Clay Scovill and a jumper from Brooks. The final seven points of the game belonged to the Bullets in the last 1:15 of the game, allowing Gettysburg to start the celebrating with Powers at the line with 13 seconds showing.
The Bullets showed F&M their hot shooting early on in the first half, draining three triples to jump out to an 11-4 lead. A 7-0 run got the game to 11-all, but Gettysburg kept pulling away and regained a six-point lead on a layup from Powers at 22-16. Dorsey's conventional three-point play and Powers layup made it 27-20.
Selig and Tolliver each collected three points in the final 2:23 to make it a three-point game at halftime, 29-26.
The Bullets shot 90 percent from the charity stripe and 50 percent from the field on the afternoon. For the sixth straight game, the Diplomats have been held under 50 percent shooting from the floor.