Diplomats Win CC Opener at Johns Hopkins
BALTIMORE, Md. - The Franklin & Marshall men's basketball team shot 53.7 percent from the floor and a season-best 82.6 percent from the line to keep an unblemished record with a 79-66 victory over Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference (CC) opener on Wednesday night.
Both teams had four players in double figures, including a game high of 22 points from James McNally on 8-for-13 shooting. Danny Selig scored 13 points and was one rebound shy away from a double-double (9).
Georgio Milligan added 12 points, six assists and four steals, while Steve Tolliver recorded his third straight double figure game with 10 points.
Andrew Farber-Miller led the Blue Jays (3-3, 0-1 CC) with 14 points and eight boards. Adam Baumgartner, Collin Kamm and Scott Weisenfeld each put up 10 points.
The Diplomats (5-0, 1-0 CC) and Johns Hopkins battled closely for the first 13 minutes of the first half, but it was McNally's layup with 7:57 left that ignited a 5-0 run that put F&M ahead for good to record its first win in Baltimore since the 2004-05 season.
Selig followed McNally with two good free throws and Milligan made his layup count for a 26-21 lead at the 5:09 mark. Hopkins got within one on two occasions inside the three-minute mark, however McNally scored seven of the Diplomats final 11 points to make it 37-32 at halftime.
F&M kept a steady lead throughout the next 20 minutes and took a double-digit lead thanks to a triple by Tolliver at the 7:48 mark. In the final 5:42, the Diplomats went 11-for-14 from the line, getting a 5-for-6 performances from Milligan and McNally. F&M used a 6-0 run to end the game on baskets from Selig and Anthony Brooks.
The Diplomats matched a season-low of 13 turnovers, while forcing the Blue Jays to 18 on the night.
F&M takes on Muhlenberg in CC action on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m.