Road Woes Continue

Road Woes Continue

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- No. 18 Franklin & Marshall fell 71-67 to Muhlenberg Thursday evening in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action. The loss is the second in a row for the Diplomats as they fell to 10-4 (5-2 CC). The Mules improved to 8-6 (4-3 CC).

Muhlenberg scored eight unanswered points to take a seven-point, 66-59, lead with 4:34 remaining in the contest.  F&M countered to come within in three points, 66-63, on two Mike Baker free throws with just under two minutes left in the game.  Austin Curry hit 5-out-6 free throws over the final two minutes to secure the victory for the Mules.

The Diplomats started the game out strong leading by as much as eight, 23-15, midway through the first half.  F&M maintained its lead and went into the break up 39-35. Baker paced the Diplomats with 10 points in the opening stanza.

The Mules took their first lead of the contest at 12:53 in the second half.  Muhlenberg led by four, 52-48, before the Diplomats regained the lead at 55-53 with 6:52 remaining in the game. The teams traded buckets over the ensuing minutes, before the Mules put together their decisive run.

James McNally netted a team-high 17 points for the Diplomats. McNally is 10 points away from becoming F&M's all-time scoring leader. The record, held by Donnie Marsh 79' , has stood for 32 years. Marsh accumulated 1,695 points in his four years at F&M.

Georgio Milligan and Baker finished with 14 points apiece while Brandon Beckford added 11. Baker pulled down a game-high 10 boards for his third double-double of the year.

Curry scored a game-high 22 points for the Mules. Spencer Liddic finished with 21, including his 1,000th career point. Rob Berish ended with 12.

The Diplomats continue their four-game road swing against Washington on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

MUHLENBERG 71, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 67

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (10-4 (5-2 CC))

James McNally 8-17 1-6 17; Mike Baker 6-9 2-2 14; Georgio Milligan 5-17 4-4 14; Brandon Beckford 5-16 0-0 11; Steve Tolliver 2-5 0-0 5; Hayk Gyokchyan 0-2 3-4 3; Max Brewer 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 27-68 10-16 67.

MUHLENBERG (8-6 (4-3 CC))

Austin Curry 6-12 5-8 22; Spencer Liddic 7-17 7-8 21; Rob Berish 5-7 0-0 12; Evan Tozer 3-3 0-0 8; Matt O'Hara 1-2 0-0 3; James Albano 1-1 1-1 3; Kevin Hargrove 1-5 0-0 2; Brandon Bovino 0-2 0-0 0; Steve Cavanaugh 0-0 0-0 0; Kevin O'Hara 0-0 0-0 0; David Gwyn 0-2 0-0 0; Timmy Harwood 0-0 0-0 0; Justin Greenstone 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 13-17 71.

Franklin & Marshall...........   39   28  -   67
Muhlenberg....................   35   36  -   71

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 3-16 (Steve Tolliver 1-3; Brandon Beckford 1-8; Max Brewer 1-1; Hayk Gyokchyan 0-1; Georgio Milligan 0-3), Muhlenberg 10-16 (Austin Curry 5-8; Evan Tozer 2-2; Rob Berish 2-2; Matt O'Hara 1-2; David Gwyn 0-1; Spencer Liddic 0-1).

Fouled out--Franklin & Marshall-None, Muhlenberg-None.

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 39 (Mike Baker 10), Muhlenberg 33 (Spencer Liddic 8).

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 18 Georgio Milligan 6), Muhlenberg 11 (Matt O'Hara 3).

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 15, Muhlenberg 13.

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, Muhlenberg-None.

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