F&M Downs Shoremen to Secure Playoff Spot

F&M Downs Shoremen to Secure Playoff Spot
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – J.C. McGrath and Matthew Tate both netted 17 points to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 74-63 victory over Washington in Centennial Conference (CC) action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 15-7, 10-6 CC and secured a spot in the CC Playoffs, while the Shoremen fell to 7-16, 3-13 CC.
Washington went ahead early in the game and held a 13-9 lead at 12:25. F&M scored five straight and went ahead 14-13 and led 19-18, with 7:17 left in the half. The Shoremen answered with an 8-0 run to go out front 26-19. McGrath converted a three-point play with 51 ticks on the clock to bring F&M within a point, but Washington hit the last bucket of the half and took a 34-31 lead at the break.

The Shoremen had a three-point edge, 43-40, at 16:14, but F&M responded with a Matthew Tate led 14-0 run over the next four minutes and took the lead for good. Tate scored 10 points in the game-decisive run. Washington came within seven, 55-48, but the Diplomats increased their lead to 14, 65-51 at 5:04 and held at least a nine-point edge the remainder of the game.

McGrath hit 7-of-12 from the floor to finish with 17 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Tate scored 17 off the bench and Brandon Federici netted 14. Hunter Eggers finished with 11 while Jared Wright handed out eight assists to go along with his six points.

James Drury had a game-high 21 for Washington and was the only Shoremen in double-figures.

Rebounds were even at 33-33 and F&M converted 21 turnovers into 23 points.

The Diplomats travel to Dickinson on Wednesday for an 8:00 p.m. contest before wrapping up the regular season by hosting Swarthmore on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.