Diplomats Fall to Muhlenberg

Diplomats Fall to Muhlenberg

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg erased an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 22 Franklin & Marshall 82-80 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Tuesday evening. The Diplomats fell to 11-2, 5-1 CC while the Mules improved to 5-7, 3-3 CC. 

F&M took an early 11-4 lead five minutes into the game and three points from Brandon Federici at 12:52 made it 17-6. The Diplomats took their largest lead of the game, 39-21, with 6:30 left in the first. The Mules came within 11, 41-30, at 2:42 and F&M took a 45-34 lead into the break.

Muhlenberg went on a 12-5 run to open the second and came within four, 50-46, at 15:33. The Diplomats responded with nine straight to go up 59-46, before the Mules slowly started to chip away. Muhlenberg came within five with a little less than 10 minutes to play and made it a one-point game, 66-65, at 8:03. The Mule took their first lead at 4:53 and the teams exchanged the lead down the stretch. Clutch foul shooting by both teams made it close in the final minutes and F&M's final shot as time expired missed the mark.

J.C. McGrath paced the Diplomats with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Matthew Tate had 23 with seven rebounds, five steals, and five assists while Brandon Federici ended with 15 points.

F&M returns to action on Thursday when the Diplomats travel to Washington to for a 6:00 p.m. game.