LANCASTER, Pa. – Brandon Federici and Julius Stoma combined for 47 points to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 71-61 victory over Carnegie Mellon Friday evening at the Mayser Center. F&M improved to 6-3, while the Tartans fell to 5-5.
Carnegie Mellon controlled the contest early and took an 8-3 lead three minutes into the game and held a 13-7 edge with 13:32 on the clock in the first. The Diplomats answered with a 9-0 run, with five points from Federici, and took a 16-13 edge with a little less than 10 minutes left in the opening half.
Stoma put the Diplomats up 19-15, but the Tartans outscored F&M 7-2 over the next three minutes and took a 22-21 lead at 6:05. The Diplomats countered with six straight to go back on top and increased their advantage to eight, 35-27, before heading into the break with a 35-29 lead.
Federici led all scorers in the opening frame with 15 points, including the first 10 points for the Diplomats. Stoma netted eight and Tate went into the locker room with five.
The Tartans slowly chipped away to start the second and tied the game at 39-39 with 16:10 remaining in the second. CMU went up 44-43 two minutes later and the Diplomats answered with a 10-3 run to take the lead for good. The Diplomats went ahead nine, 59-50, on a layup from Ignas Slyka, before the Tartans came within four, 59-55, with seven minutes left to play. F&M controlled the remainder of the game, limiting CMU's possessions to secure the win.
Federici shot 10-for-15 from the floor and added four steals to his 27 points. Stoma hit 6-for-6 from the line and shot 7-for-14 from the floor. Tate netted seven and Slyka ended with six for the Diplomats.
Jack Serbin paced CMU with 13 points, Chris Shkil had 12 and Ryan Maha recorded 11.
F&M returns to action on Monday when the Diplomats host SUNY-Canton at 7:30 p.m. in the second contest of the 2017 Sponaugle New Year's Tournament.