January 28, 2009

Diplomats Dominate Dickinson, 81-61

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. - Anthony Brooks led four players in double figures by matching a career-high 19 points, going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe to help Franklin & Marshall over Dickinson 81-61 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.

The Diplomats (16-2, 9-2 CC) picked up their third straight win and first over the Red Devils (8-8, 3-8 CC) since the 2006-07 season by shooting 56 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the line. James McNally tallied his team-leading fifth double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Georgio Milligan made it his 15th game in double-figure scoring with 14 points and Mike Baker chipped in 11.

Tom Leszczynski and Kizmahr Grell each recorded 12 points for Dickinson. Grell added a game-high five assists.

Brooks led the first-half charge with 12 points, going 5-for-7 from the floor. The Diplomats never trailed in the opening stanza, turning a five-point lead into a double-digit lead at 22-11 with 9:57 left. Danny Selig made two layups and a free throw for the 11-point advantage. 

Dickinson fought back with a 14-5 run to cut the lead to 31-27. Brooks gave F&M a 26-13 edge with a jumper at 6:33, before the Red Devils started to inch their way closer to the lead.

It didn't take long for the Diplomats to take their largest lead, going on a 9-0 to end the half. Baker connected on two from the charity stripe and Brooks recorded the next four points, while Milligan got the put-back layup and Tolliver knocked down two from the line to make it 41-27.

F&M did not let up in the second half, extending its lead to 71-46 with 6:57 left after Milligan went 2-for-2 from the line.

The Diplomats went 12-for-15 from the line in each half for a 24-for-30 total.  

F&M will travel to Swarthmore to take on the Garnet on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.