November 29, 2012

Gyokchyan Leads No. 11 Diplomats Over Bears

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Hayk Gyokchyan scored a career-high 36 points to lead No. 11 Franklin & Marshall to a 68-63 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Thursday evening. 

F&M (5-0, 2-0 CC) held an eight-point lead, 63-55, with 40 seconds left in the game when the Bears (2-3, 1-1 CC) hit two treys to come within three points, 64-61, with just 25 ticks left on the clock.  Jon Ward put the Bears within two, 65-13, 13 seconds later, but the Diplomats went 3-for-4 from the stripe down the stretch to secure the victory. 

The Diplomats never trailed as the teams traded buckets for the first five minutes of the game. With the score tied at 9-9, F&M put together an 8-0 run to make it 17-9 only to see the Bears answer with eight straight points to tie the game at 17-17 with 6:47 left to the break. The teams continued to trade points throughout the remainder of the half with F&M clinging to a 26-25 edge at the break.

F&M went up 36-29 at 16:51 in the second stanza, but the Bears countered with a 6-2 run to come within three, 38-25, at 14:03. The Diplomats responded with nine unanswered points to take their largest lead of the game, 47-35, at 11:47.  The teams exchanged micro runs over the next few minutes with F&M holding onto a 63-55 edge with just 40 seconds left to play, setting up the dramatic finish. 

Gyokchyan shot 3-for-6 from behind the arc, went 5-for-9 from the stripe and pulled down a game-high seven boards. Matt Porter netted 10 with six assists and Jon Salandra finished with six points. 

Malik Draper scored a team-high 17 points for the Bears while Mark Wonderling ended with 11. 

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to McDaniel for a 4:00 p.m. game. 

 

No. 11 FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 68, URSINUS 63

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (5-0, 2-0 CC)

Hayk Gyokchyan 14-23 5-9 36; Matt Porter 3-7 3-6 10; Jon Salandra 2-5 2-3 6; Brandon Beckford 1-6 4-4 6; Max Brewer 0-3 3-5 3; Devin Figueroa 1-1 0-0 3; Ed Early 1-5 0-0 2; Gordon Rogo 1-2 0-0 2; Morgan Lee 0-2 0-0 0; Cedric Moune 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-55 17-27 68.

URSINUS (2-3, 1-1 CC)

Malik Draper 7-10 2-3 17; Mark Wonderling 5-6 1-3 11; Jon Ward 2-4 4-5 8; Jesse Krasna 3-8 2-2 8; Kevin Janowski 3-9 0-0 7; Pat Vasturia 2-4 0-0 6; Matt Donahue 2-7 1-1 6; Ryan Adams 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 10-14 63.

Franklin & Marshall...........   26   42  -   68

Ursinus.......................   25   38  -   63

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 5-14 (Hayk Gyokchyan 3-6; Matt Porter 1-3; Devin Figueroa 1-1; Max Brewer 0-1; Morgan Lee 0-1; Brandon Beckford 0-2), Ursinus 5-15 (Pat Vasturia 2-4; Matt Donahue 1-5; Malik Draper 1-1; Kevin Janowski 1-2; Ryan Adams 0-1; Jesse Krasna 0-2). 

Fouled out—Franklin & Marshall-Matt Porter, Ursinus-Jesse Krasna; Kevin Janowski. 

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 34 (Hayk Gyokchyan 7), Ursinus 35 (Malik Draper 6). 

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 15 (Matt Porter 6), Ursinus 11 (Jesse Krasna 7). 

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 21, Ursinus 26. T

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, Ursinus-None. 

A-458