No. 16 Diplomats Sweep Haverford
LANCASTER, Pa. - Anthony Brooks recorded a game-high 15 points and four steals, while the No. 16 Franklin & Marshall men's basketball held every Haverford player to single-digit scoring to post a 74-42 Centennial Conference (CC) win on Saturday.
Brooks went 6-for-9 from the field and tallied three of the Diplomats (21-2, 14-2 CC) seven triples on the day eighth straight win and to sweep the Fords (11-11, 8-8 CC) for the first time since 2004. Georgio Milligan added 13 points and eight assists.
Matthew Stitt came off the bench to score a team-high eight points for Haverford.
After scoring 14 points in the first 10 minutes, F&M scored 27 over the final 10 minutes of the first half to jump out to a 41-19 lead. Brooks scored his first 13 points in the first half, first getting the slam dunk and then scoring three consecutive triples to help the Diplomats take a 33-17 lead.
The second half was much like the first with F&M holding the Fords to just 23 points and putting 33 enroute to the 32-point victory. The Diplomats used 12-2 run to end the second half. Clay Scovill made a layup and then completed a three-point play on the next trip, while Sal Salvati drained a triple and Ty Savastio finished with a layup with seven seconds left.
Steve Tolliver chipped in 11 points and Scovill ended with 10. James McNally recorded a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with nine points.
F&M needs to win one out of its last two games to earn hosting rights to the CC tournament.
The Diplomats travel to Gettysburg on Wednesday night. Game time is 8 p.m.