Diplomats Win Tip-Off Championship

Diplomats Win Tip-Off Championship

LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 7 Franklin & Marshall opened up with a 9-0 run and never looked back as the Diplomats defeated Elmira 96-52 to win the Lancaster Rotary-F&M Tip-Off Tournament.

Georgio Milligan was named the tournament's MVP for the second consecutive year while the Diplomats won its annual tip-off tournament for the 24th time. Milligan ended the night with 24 points and 10 assists. He shot 9-for-10 from the stripe and 7-for-12 from the floor.

James McNally scored a game-high 25 on 11-for-17 shooting. McNally went 3-for-4 from line with four boards and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Mike Baker chipped in seven points and seven boards. Hayk Gyokchyan finished with 11 points, going 4-for-4 from line.

Elmira had two players score in double-figures. Josh Keys finished with 12 while Kurt Dutcher scored 11.

Franklin & Marshall returns to court on Tuesday when the Diplomats host Washington for a double-header. The women tip off at 6:00 p.m., followed by the men at 8:00 p.m.

All-Tournament Team
Zach Simpson – EC
Will Alton – PSU
Matt Ashcroft – AC
James McNally – F&M

MVP: Georgio Milligan – F&M

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 96, ELMIRA 52
ELMIRA (1-2)
Josh Keys 5-14 0-1 12; Kurt Dutcher 4-11 0-0 11; Zach Simpson 3-8 1-2 7; Noah Zazulia 2-7 2-2 6; Derrick Vogel 2-3 0-0 5; Eric Klinedinst 2-2 0-0 5; Bobby DiPiazza 1-9 1-2 4; Brandon DiPaola 0-0 2-2 2; Patrick Reilly 0-0 0-0 0; T.J. Woitach 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Newell 0-1 0-0 0; Zak Kumor 0-3 0-0 0; Ryan Patterson 0-0 0-0 0; Nick Epley 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 19-61 6-9 52.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (2-0)
James McNally 11-17 3-4 25; Georgio Milligan 7-12 9-10 24; Hayk Gyokchyan 3-6 4-4 11; Steve Tolliver 3-9 0-0 7; Mike Baker 3-9 1-1 7; Kevin Henry 3-3 0-0 6; Max Brewer 2-4 1-2 6; Ed Early 2-2 0-1 4; Brandon Beckford 2-7 0-0 4; Brett McCormick 1-2 0-0 2; Dave Balderston 0-1 0-0 0; Nick Mraz 0-0 0-0 0; Kevin Hines 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-72 18-22 96.

Elmira........................   21   31  -   52
Franklin & Marshall...........   55   41  -   96

3-point goals--Elmira 8-29 (Kurt Dutcher 3-7; Josh Keys 2-6; Derrick Vogel 1-2; Eric Klinedinst 1-1; Bobby DiPiazza 1-5; Matt Newell 0-1; Nick Epley 0-3; Noah Zazulia 0-4), Franklin & Marshall 4-14 (Hayk Gyokchyan 1-2; Georgio Milligan 1-4; Steve Tolliver 1-3; Max Brewer 1-3; Brandon Beckford 0-2).

Fouled out--Elmira-None, Franklin & Marshall-None. Rebounds--Elmira 26 (Zach Simpson 4), Franklin & Marshall 44 (Mike Baker 7; Georgio Milligan 7).

Assists--Elmira 9 (Eric Klinedinst 4), Franklin & Marshall 20 (Georgio Milligan 10).

Total fouls--Elmira 17, Franklin & Marshall 11.

Technical fouls--Elmira-Bobby DiPiazza, Franklin & Marshall-None. A-933

All Tournament Team: James McNally, F&M, Zach Simpson, EC; Will Alton, PSU; Matt Ashcroft, AC MVP: Gerogio Milligan