No. 8 F&M Upends Lions

No. 8 F&M Upends Lions

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three players scored in double-figures as No. 8 Franklin & Marshall defeated Mt. St. Joseph 66-63 in the first game on the Don Lane Classic hosted by Transylvania. The Diplomats improved to 8-0 while MSJ fell to 5-4. 

The game had a sluggish start with F&M holding onto an 8-2 lead five minutes into the contest.  The Diplomats increased its lead to nine, 26-17, with 4:41 left until the break, before the Lions put together a strong run. MSJ scored 10 unanswered points to go up 27-26 at 1:17, but F&M tallied the last two points of the half to take a 28-27 edge into the break. 

F&M opened up the second half with a commanding 12-5 run over the first 6:36 to take a 40-33 lead.  The Lions countered with a 14-5 scoring streak and took a 47-45 edge with 8:12 left in the game.  Hayk Gyokchyan hit a three to put the Diplomats back on top only to be matched by David Mann's trey, which tied the game a 50-50 at 5:53. 

Max Brewer drained a three at 5:37 to jump start a 13-2 run that spanned four minutes and gave the Diplomats a 63-52 lead with 1:37 left to play.  Mann hit three from behind the arc down stretch, but time ran out on the Lions attempted comeback. 

Ed Early had a season-high 15 points to pace F&M and was one board shy of a double-double with a career-high nine rebounds. Gyokchyan tallied 14, all in the second half, and finished with six rebounds. Devin Figueroa finished with a career-high 13 points, shooting 3-for-6 from behind the arc and 5-for-9 from the floor. Matt Porter and Brewer both finished with eight points for the Diplomats. 

Mann led the Lions with a game-high 31 while Andy Countryman was the only other player from MSJ in double-figures with 16 points. 

F&M returns to action tomorrow when the Diplomats play host Transylvania at 5:00 p.m.  

 

MT. ST. JOSEPH vs No. 9 Franklin & Marshall

12/18/12 7:30 p.m. at Lexington, Ky./Beck Center

At Lexington, Ky./Beck Center

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 66, MT. ST. JOSEPH 63

MT. ST. JOSEPH (5-4)

Mann, David 12-15 0-0 31; Countryman, Andy 5-13 4-6 16; Scudder, Joel 2-9 0-0 6; Combs, Travis 2-4 0-1 4; Kunkel, Ken 1-3 0-0 3; Rennekamp, Jake 1-2 0-0 2; Daniels, Jacob 0-2 1-7 1; Payne, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 5-14 63.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (8-0)

Ed Early 6-10 3-5 15; Hayk Gyokchyan 5-14 2-2 14; Devin Figueroa 5-9 0-0 13; Max Brewer 3-6 1-3 8; Matt Porter 4-7 0-0 8; Jon Salandra 3-4 0-1 6; Brandon Beckford 1-2 0-0 2; Morgan Lee 0-3 0-0 0; Kaleb Faison 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-56 6-11 66.

MT. ST. JOSEPH................   27   36  -   63

Franklin & Marshall...........   28   38  -   66

3-point goals--MT. ST. JOSEPH 12-23 (Mann, David 7-8; Countryman, Andy 2-6; Scudder, Joel 2-6; Kunkel, Ken 1-2; Combs, Travis 0-1), Franklin & Marshall 6-15 (Devin Figueroa 3-6; Hayk Gyokchyan 2-4; Max Brewer 1-2; Morgan Lee 0-1; Kaleb Faison 0-1; Matt Porter 0-1). 

Fouled out--MT. ST. JOSEPH-None, Franklin & Marshall-None. 

Rebounds--MT. ST. JOSEPH 25 (Daniels, Jacob 10), Franklin & Marshall 36 (Ed Early 9). 

Assists--MT. ST. JOSEPH 11 (Combs, Travis 3; Scudder, Joel 3), Franklin & Marshall 15 (Max Brewer 6). 

Total fouls--MT. ST. JOSEPH 14, Franklin & Marshall 15. T

Technical fouls--MT. ST. JOSEPH-Team, Franklin & Marshall-None. 

A-540