January 2, 2012

Diplomats Maul Cougars

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Jon Salandra tallied a career-high 18 points and pulled down nine boards to lead No. 9 Franklin & Marshall to a 68-55 over Misericordia in the first round of the 45th Annual Sponaugle New Years Tournament hosted by F&M Monday evening. The Diplomats remain unbeaten on the season and improved to 10-0 while the Cougars fell to 8-4.

Down 5-2 just over three minutes into the contest, F&M went on an 11-0 run over the next ten minutes to take a 13-5 lead at 6:50.  The teams traded buckets over the next minute before F&M put together run to blow the game wide open. The Diplomats scored eight unanswered in a two-minute span to go up 23-8 with 3:20 remaining the half.

Misericordia outscored F&M 6-2 throughout the final three minutes of action to make it 25-14 at the break.
F&M opened the second stanza with a 9-2 run, and added another 8-0 run minutes later, to go up 36-26 with 13:19 left to play. The Diplomats maintained a double-digit advantage during the next eight minutes of action and led by as much 14 before the Cougars edge closer.
 
Misericordia came within eight points, 55-47, at 4:51 before the Diplomats tallied seven straight to go up 15 points, 62-47, with 2:53 remaining. 
 
Georgio Milligan netted 16 points and dished out nine assists.  Milligan is eight points shy of tying assistant coach Brandon Smith '06 for the sixth spot on the all-time scoring list. Smith finished his career with 1,543 points.  Hayk Gyokchyan and Austin Alecxih both tallied nine points and Brandon Beckford ended with eight.
 
F&M forced 23 turnovers which resulted in 31 points and pulled down 31 rebounds to the Cougars' 17.
 
The Diplomats will face Hobart tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. in the championship game. The Statesmen defeated Drew 91-62 in first game of the tournament. Misericordia will face Drew at 5:00 p.m. in the third place game. 
 

No. 9 FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 68, MISERICORDIA 55

MISERICORDIA (8-4)

Matt Greene 4-7 3-5 15; Joe Busacca 4-7 2-3 11; Ethan Eichhorst 4-8 2-2 11; Jeff Slanovec 1-8 8-8 10; Cael Evans 1-3 0-0 2; Jerry Reilly 0-0 2-2 2; Patrick Widdoss 1-1 0-1 2; Brandon Stone 1-2 0-0 2; Chris Undersinger 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-37 17-21 55.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (10-0)

Jon Salandra 8-11 2-4 18; Georgio Milligan 5-12 6-7 16; Austin Alecxih 4-9 0-0 9; Hayk Gyokchyan 3-8 3-6 9; Brandon Beckford 3-9 0-0 8; Ed Early 2-3 0-0 4; Dave Balderston 0-0 2-2 2; Matt Porter 1-4 0-0 2; Brett McCormick 0-1 0-0 0; Kevin Henry 0-1 0-0 0; Max Brewer 0-1 0-0 0; Ty Savastio 0-0 0-0 0; Morgan Lee 0-0 0-0 0; Xavier Braham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-59 13-19 68.

Misericordia..................   14   41  -   55

Franklin & Marshall...........   25   43  -   68

3-point goals--Misericordia 6-17 (Matt Greene 4-6; Ethan Eichhorst 1-2; Joe Busacca 1-2; Chris Undersinger 0-1; Jeff Slanovec 0-6), Franklin & Marshall 3-12 (Brandon Beckford 2-4; Austin Alecxih 1-3; Matt Porter 0-1; Brett McCormick 0-1; Georgio Milligan 0-3).

Fouled out--Misericordia-Cael Evans; Ethan Eichhorst, Franklin & Marshall-None.

Rebounds--Misericordia 27 (Jeff Slanovec 5), Franklin & Marshall 31 (Jon Salandra 9).

Assists—Misericordia 5 (Matt Greene 2), Franklin & Marshall 17 (Georgio Milligan 9).

Total fouls--Misericordia 17, Franklin & Marshall 16.

Technical fouls--Misericordia-Ethan Eichhorst, Franklin & Marshall Hayk Gyokchyan.

A-872