GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Gettysburg men's basketball team shot 55.8 percent from the floor and went 21-for-23 from the free-throw line to upset No. 13 Franklin & Marshall 72-60 in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday.
The Bullets (15-8, 10-7 CC) came into tonight's game needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive and proved they deserved it to snap a three-game losing streak and post their fifth straight win over the Diplomats (21-3, 14-3 CC).
Andrew Powers was the key ingredient to Gettysburg's recipe, going 7-for-10 from the floor to score a team-high 22 points to go along with 13 boards for the double-double. Corey Dorsey recorded six straight points from the line in the final 47 seconds to finish 10-for-10 from the charity stripe for 14 points.
James McNally led F&M with a career and game-high 25 points. Georgio Milligan and Anthony Brooks added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
McNally and Milligan got the Diplomats an early 8-2 lead with two baskets each, while Brooks gave F&M its biggest lead at 16-9 with 12:53 left in the first half. The Bullets came back with a 15-0 run to take a 24-16 advantage at the 8:49 mark.
Dan Capkin scored five points and Chip Naddaff hit a jumper to push the lead to 13 points at 31-18. This lead held throughout the second half and Kevin Kennedy hit a triple to keep pushing F&M out of reach at 50-39.
The Diplomats went on a 9-0 spurt to make it a two-point game at 50-48 with 9:48 remaining, but Gettysburg was able to jump back out to a nine-point lead and went 7-for-8 from the line to seal the much-need win.
The Bullets held F&M below its season average in shooting percentage at 42.6 percent for the night.
The Diplomats can clinch the top seed for the CC tournament with a win at Dickinson on Saturday or a McDaniel loss to Gettysburg.