CARLISLE, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall survived a late Dickinson run to escape with a 77-75 victory in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action. The Diplomats improved to 17-7 with an 11-6 mark in CC action while the Red Devils fell to 14-10, 11-6 CC.
The game was tightly contested in the early minutes with Dickinson leading 17-11 midway through the opening frame. F&M went on an 8-2 spurt and tied the game at 19-19, before Dickinson slowly took a five-point edge, 30-25, with two minutes left to play. The Diplomats responded with seven unanswered points and held a 32-30 lead at the break.
Dickinson tied the game at 34-34 early in the second and F&M answered with a 13-4 run to go up nine, 47-38, at 15:13. A Matthew Tate triple put F&M 11, 52-41, at 11:18 and the Diplomats increased their lead to 16, 59-43, on an Ignas Slyka layup with a little less than nine minutes to play. The Red Devils countered and outscored F&M 11-3 over the next three minutes to come within eight.
F&M went back up in double figures, 71-60 with a little more than two minutes left to play. Dickinson answered with a 13-4 run over the next two minutes and made it a two-point game, 75-73, with 18 ticks on the clock. Jared Wright hit two from the line to make a two-score game and after a Dickinson bucket, the Diplomats were able to run out the clock to secure the win.
Brandon Federici led all scorers with 20 points and pulled down six boards. Slyka netted 18 on 7-for-9 shooting and Tate hit 6-of-9 and end the game with 17 points. J.C. McGrath had 10 and Wright recorded four stills and six points.
Justus Melton led Dickinson with 19, Moses Romocki had 13 and Elijah Wright ended the night with 12 points.
Dickinson outshot F&M 51-48-percent, but the Diplomats held a slight 35-31 edge on the glass.
The Diplomats wrap up the regular season on Saturday when F&M hosts Swarthmore at 3:00 p.m.