Diplomats Dominant at Juniata
HUNTINGDON, Pa. - Seven different players scored in double digits as Franklin & Marshall cruised to a 97-55 win at Juniata Saturday evening. Clay Scovill led all scorers with 19 points on a perfect night of shooting.
Scovill was 7-of-7 from the floor, hitting three three-pointers. He was also three-of-three at the foul line to lead F&M (4-0) to its largest win since a 90-40 win over Mitchell on January 2, 2006. The Diplomats shot 37-61 (60.7 %) from the field, compared to the Eagles (1-4) 19-of-46 (41.3 %) night.
Juniata got the early jump, opening up a 2-0 lead. It was the Eagles only lead of the night. Scovill got the Diplomats on the scoreboard 2:02 into the game. His shot sparked a 15-2 run that made it 15-4 just past the five minute mark, and F&M was in control the rest of the night.
The Diplomats led by as many as 33 points in the first half, and took a 31-point lead into the locker room break. 15 Diplomats put sneakers on the floor during the win. Seven players saw 20 or more minutes, each scoring in double figures. In addition to Scovill's 19, Steve Tolliver contributed 13 points from the bench. Georgio Milligan and James McNally each scored 12 points, while Anthony Brooks and Mike Baker each threw in 12 to round out the starting five. Daniel Selig scored 10 points, hitting all six of his shots at the charity stripe.
F&M doubled on Juniata in the rebounding department, 38-19. Four different Diplomats had five or more rebounds, with McNally and Baker posting a game-high of six. Milligan dished out six assists and picked up three steals. Brooks posted four steals and a blocked shot.
Franklin & Marshall is 4-0 for the first time since the 2004-2005 season when the Diplomats went 27-3. F&M has not opened the season with five straight wins since the 2001-2002 when Robinson's 24-5 team started the season with a 12-game winning streak. The Diplomats will look to make it five straight when F&M returns to Conference play at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.