Men's Basketball Travels to Albright in Non-Conference Action

Men's Basketball Travels to Albright in Non-Conference Action

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Game 7
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
No. 16 Franklin & Marshall at Albright | Reading, Pa. | 7:00 p.m. 
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Series History: F&M takes on Albright for the 101st time since the two teams first faced each other in 1915. The Diplomats hold a 54-46 record, including victories in 14 of the last 16 contests dating back to 1985. The Lions and Diplomats squared off yearly while both were members of the Middle Atlantic Conference, and rekindled the rivalry last season after a 13-year hiatus.  

The March to 900: Legendary head coach Glenn Robinson is four victories away from becoming just the fourth coach to reach 900 NCAA wins. Already the most victorious coach in NCAA Division III history, Robinson enters the week with an 896-328 record. Last season he passed Jim Calhoun (873), Adolph Rupp (876) and Dean Smith (879) in victories after leading the Diplomats to their 26th 20-win season.  

F&M Last Week: F&M went 2-0 last week with victories over CC opponents Ursinus and Washington.  

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The Diplomats started out the week with a 63-57 win over Ursinus on Tuesday.  

Ursinus opened the second with four straight to take a 33-30 edge and the Diplomats countered with a 7-1 spurt to go up 37-34. Six lead changes ensued over the next five minutes, with the Bears clinging to a 45-44 lead, before F&M tallied six straight to take the lead for good. A Levy jumped put F&M up seven, 55-48, and a 5-0 spurt made it a two-point game before Matthew Tate scored five of his own to put the Diplomats back up seven. F&M led by as many seven points down the stretch to secure the win.  

Brandon Federici struggled from the floor, but finished with a team-high 14 points. He added four assists, three blocks and two steals for F&M. Tate tallied 11 and Eggers shot 4-for-9 for 10 points. Cedric Moune hauled in a game-high 12 boards, scored seven points and had four blocks.  

The Diplomats wrapped up their week with a 75-50 win over Washington on Saturday.  

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F&M kept control throughout the second half and led by as many as 31 at 11:58 before Washington answered and came within 19, 61-42, at 8:11. The Diplomats countered with six straight and led by at least 21 down the stretch.  

Eggers shot 8-for-12 from the floor while Moune hit 5-of-9 shots to finish with 14 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Federici, Nicholas Stern and Matthew Tate both netted seven and Lionel Owona finished with six.  

Last Time We Met Albright: Morgan Lee scored a career-high 28 points to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 74-70 victory over Albright on last season on Dec. 13. 

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Josh Marquez brought the Lions within three and Albright sent Cedric Moune to the line with seven seconds left. Moune hit his second shot to make it a two-possession game and the Lions were unable to connect on their next trip down the court.    

Lee shot 11-for-18 for 28 points and added nine boards while Hunter Eggers tallied 10 for the Diplomats. Federici and Figueroa both netted eight.   

Four players scored in double-figures for Albright with Gilberto Benz leading the way with 17. DeJuan Smith had 15 while Josh Marquez and Evan Wards chipped in 13 and 11 points respectively.

F&M outshot Albright 45-37 percent and held a 43-39 edge on the boards, including 16 on the offensive side, which led to 21-second chance points.  

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