January 7, 2009

Diplomats Drop Swarthmore, 92-67

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall continues its sharp shooting to stay out of the loss column and post its 10th straight win with a 92-67 victory over Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night.

James McNally and Georgio Milligan hit double figures in the first-half surge with McNally pacing the Diplomats (10-0, 3-0 CC) with 22 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Steve Tolliver had a career night, draining five three-pointers to help him match a career-best 17 points.

Raul Ordodnez led the Garnet (1-8, 0-3 CC) with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Sam Lacy also scored 17 points and Danny Walker made it three players in double digits with 16.

The Diplomats posted its largest first-half margin, scoring 53 points behind 61.3 percent shooting to sail to their best start in program history since the 2001-02 season where they started 12-0 and finished 24-5.

F&M went 5-for-5 from the field in the first 2:43 of the game to jump out to a quick 12-0 lead. Ordonez managed to get Swarthmore on the board, sandwiching a good layup in between two triples by Tolliver. Clay Scovill followed that with a three-point play to push the lead to 21-5 at the 15:33 mark.

With 8:35 left in the half, the Diplomats had only missed three shots enroute to a 36-17 lead (14-for-17). McNally helped F&M take a 25-point lead at halftime, scoring the final 11 of 15 points to give him 16 points in 20 minutes of work.

The second half was much of the same as the first half, with the Diplomats holding onto a 20-point lead and even reaching 30 with 5:37 remaining. Mike Baker scored the first nine points of the half, keeping Swarthmore out of reach after hitting two three-pointers and getting a three-point play from Ordonez out of the gate.

F&M shot 56.7 percent on the night from the floor, while holding the Garnet to 30.4 percent. Baker went 7-for-9 from the field for 16 points and Milligan added 13 to go with seven assists. Scovill dished out eight helpers to reach a new career high.

The win marks the third time this season F&M has scored over 90 points.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday at Washington. Game time is 4 p.m.