LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 23 Franklin & Marshall edged Lancaster Bible 94-91 in the nightcap of the 2016 William Marshall Tip Off Tournament on Friday evening. F&M will face York, a 59-52 winner over St. Vincent, in tomorrow's championship game at 7:30 p.m. LBC will take on St. Vincent in the 5:30 p.m. consolation game.
Brandon Federici finished the game with 20 points and became the 35th player in program history to reach the 1,000 –point plateau.
The Diplomats looked to be in control early and took a 45-33 lead into the break. LBC answered in the second half by outscoring F&M 33-6 during the first 10 minutes of the second half and took a 68-51 advantage with under 10 minutes left in the game. F&M answered with a 10-2 spurt over the next five minutes to come within nine, 70-61, with 4:58 on the clock.
LBC countered with a 7-2 spurt to go up 14, 77-63, and the Diplomats switched to a full court press on defense and kept the Chargers off the board during the final 3:33 of action. Six different players tallied points as the Diplomats closed out the half with 14 unanswered to send the game into overtime.
Both teams exchanged points in the opening minutes of the overtime period for an 81-81 tie. Federici hit two from the line and a Julius Stoma layup at 2:44 gave F&M a four-point, 85-81, edge. The teams again exchanged buckets with the Diplomats coming out in front 92-88, with just 13 ticks on the clock. LBC hit a triple with more than three seconds on the clock to come within one, but the Chargers were called for a foul on the inbound pass and Stoma hit two from line to secure the win.
Matthew Tate had a team-high 23 points to go along with four rebounds for the Diplomats. Stoma finished with 21, shooting 7-for-11 from the floor and Federici added six boards and five assists to his stat line.
Micah Brown led all scorers with 28 and Herbie Brown netted 23 for the Chargers.
F&M turned 30 turnovers into 23 points and held a 45-35 edge on the glass.