Diplomats Fight Off Shoremen

Diplomats Fight Off Shoremen

LANCASTER, Pa. — No. 20 Franklin & Marshall escaped with a 65-59 victory in a hard-fought contest over Washington in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 19-4 with a 13-3 mark in CC action while the Shoremen fell to 6-17, 3-13 CC. 

Seniors Daniel Osley, Matthew Tate, Lionel Owona and Brandon Federici were honored in a special senior day ceremony before the game. 

Washington went out front early with a 7-2 lead two minutes into the game. The Diplomats came within two, 9-7, before the Shoremen took an eight-point lead, 15-7, at 14:36. F&M answered with a 9-0 run and took a 16-15 edge. The Diplomats increased their lead to four, 23-19, at 5:48, but the Shoremen countered and closed out the half with a 6-0 run and took a 25-23 lead into the break. 

J.C. McGrath led the Diplomats with six points and Brandon Federici netted five for the Diplomats in the opening frame.

The Shoremen went up five, 32-27, early in the second before Federici netted five straight to tie the game at 32-32 with 16:51 left to play. Four ties ensued over the next 10 minutes with the score set at 41-41 at 7:20. F&M answered with a 9-2 run and went ahead 50-43 at 4:34. Washington came within five on three occasions before F&M led 58-51 with a little less than a minute to play. Washington came within four with under 30 to play and the Diplomats went 5-for-6 from the line to secure the win. 

J.C. McGrath led all scorers with 20 points and seven rebounds while Matthew Tate finished with 13 to along with eight assists and six steals. Federici ended with 12 and Lionel Owona hauled in seven boards for F&M. 

The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M hosts Dickinson at 8:00 p.m.