COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Clay Scovill scored a career-high 20 points and James McNally matched that point total to lead five players in double figures and the No. 16 Franklin & Marshall men's basketball team past Ursinus 87-81 in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday.
Head coach Glenn Robinson notched another win under his belt to reach the 750 career-victory milestone and give him is 21st 20+ win season. It also marks the program's 1,200th victory since it began in 1899. The Diplomats (20-2, 13-2 CC) already clinched a playoff spot in the CC tournament and are one stop closer to earning hosting rights.
Mike Baker posted his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while Georgio Milligan tallied 18 points.
Eric Burnett shot 70 percent from the three-point field-goal range, knocking down seven enroute to a career-high 25 points for the Bears (10-12, 6-9 CC). Keith Page ended with 17 points and six boards.
After F&M took a six-point lead on three consecutive trips to the line, John Noonan was fouled behind the arc and drained all three shots to make it 81-78 with 40.7 seconds remaining. Ursinus began to foul, sending Scovill to the line to make it 83-78, before Anthony Brooks forced a turnover to then send McNally to shoot two.
McNally went 1-for-2 for a six-point lead and on the next possession Remy Cousart hit a triple at 84-81 with 24.1 seconds on the clock. McNally had a repeat performance from the line and Cousart missed the layup in the paint, before Scovill sealed the deal with two from the charity stripe at 87-81.
The Diplomats held a 58-50 lead in the second half, but the Bears used a 14-2 run behind three triples from Burnett to take a 64-60 edge. F&M relied on free throws two minutes for the win.
With the game tied at 22-all at the 8:14 mark, the Diplomats broke loose after a three pointer from Scovill. TJ Jones got the layup, but Milligan pulled up in the paint for two and Steve Tolliver made the steal before the fast-break layup for a 29-24 lead.
Milligan mimicked Tolliver, making the steal and slamming a dunk for F&M's largest lead of the half. Cousart's three-point play cut it to three, but Milligan sandwiched two jumpers between a Baker basket for a 37-31 advantage.
Ursinus managed to get within two points on a three-pointer by Keith Page and free throw by Cousart. The Diplomats got their first two free throws at the 2:03 mark thanks to Milligan and then regained a six-point lead at the end of the half on a Steve Tolliver triple with two seconds on the clock at 44-38.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday against Haverford. Game time is 4 p.m.