Diplomat Fall in Last Seconds to Bears

Diplomat Fall in Last Seconds to Bears

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall suffered its second last-second defeat this week in a 62-60 setback to Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats fell 9-6, 3-5 CC, while the Bears improved to 8-7, 5-3 CC.

F&M control the game early and jumped out to a 12-0 lead six minutes into game. Ursinus battled back with a 19-4 run over the next six minutes and went ahead 19-16 with 8:06 left in the first. The Diplomats countered with a Matt Redhead led 15-2 run for a 10-point, 31-21, lead at the five-minute mark. Redhead had six points in the run.  The Bears came within five late in the half, before the Diplomats took a 35-28 lead into the break.

Redhead shot 5-of-6, hitting 4-for-4 from the stripe for 14 points in the opening frame.

The Bears came out the break strong with a 22-7 run over the opening 10 minutes of the second and took an eight-point, 50-42, lead. The Diplomats countered with a 13-2 run, led by Mike Rice with eight points, for a 55-52 lead at 6:50.

Neither team scored during the next four minutes and Ursinus erased a six-point F&M lead with 2:42 left with an 8-2 run to tie the game at 60-60 with 26 seconds on the clock. The Bears forced a turnover on the ensuing possession and were able to hit two the stripe with two seconds left to secure the win.

Matt Redhead ended with 16 points and Les Thomas netted 15 for F&M. Mike Rice had 11 points and J.C. McGrath came away with nine boards.

Ursinus outshot F&M 49-39 percent, while the Diplomats owned the glass with a 36-26 advantage.

The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M travels to McDaniel for an 8:00 p.m. game.