F&M Falls to Transylvania

LEXINGTON, Ky. –- Transylvania handed No. 8 Franklin & Marshall an 86-73 setback at the Don Lane Classic Wednesday evening. The defeat is the first for F&M this season at they fell to 8-1 while Transy improved to 7-3. 

The Pioneers, who picked up double-digit performances from four players, forged an early 14-7 advantage six minutes into the game and extended their lead to 23-15 at 8:04.  F&M answered with a 14-8 run to come within two, 31-29, before Transy went up five with 3:02 left to the break. 

Devin Figueroa hit a three and Max Brewer went 2-for-2 from the stripe in the Diplomats next two possessions to tie the game at 34-34.  The teams traded buckets and Morgan Lee made it a one-point game, 38-37, with 17 ticks left, but the Pioneers scored from behind the arc to go into the break with a 41-37 lead. 

F&M outscored the Pioneers 9-7 in the opening three minutes of the second half to get within two, 48-46, but Transy quickly answered with five straight. Brewer's three at 8:51 put F&M within striking distance, 60-57, before the Pioneers put together a 9-0 run that spanned 1:42 to go up double-digits, 69-57, with 7:09 left in the contest. 

The Diplomats came within seven points on an Ed Early layup at 5:51 before Transy went back up in double-digits. The Pioneers maintained the double-digit lead the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 17 points, 86-69, with 39 seconds left to play. 

Early paced F&M with a season-high 23 points on 9-for-11 shooting and was named to the All-Classic Team. Morgan Lee tallied a career-high 18 points, going 7-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Brewer had eight while Jon Salandra, Gyokchyan and Figueroa all finished with seven points. 

Barrett Meyer scored a game-high 29 points for the Pioneers. Ethan Spurlin chipped in 22, Parker Stansberry tallied 16 and Brand Rash had 13 points in the victory. 

F&M outshot the Pioneers 63% to 59% and held a slight 24-18 advantage on the glass. 

The Diplomats return to action on Jan. 2 when F&M hosts Plattsburgh State in the Sponaugle New Years Tournament at 8:00 p.m.

TRANSYLVANIA 86, No. 8 FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 73

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (8-1)

Ed Early 9-11 5-8 23; Morgan Lee 7-8 2-4 18; Max Brewer 2-6 2-2 8; Hayk Gyokchyan 2-5 2-3 7; Devin Figueroa 3-8 0-1 7; Jon Salandra 3-3 1-1 7; Matt Porter 1-2 0-0 2; Cedric Moune 0-0 1-2 1; Shawn Hines 0-0 0-0 0; Terrel Phelps 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-43 13-21 73.

TRANSYLVANIA (7-3)

Meyer, Barrett 10-14 4-6 29; Spurlin, Ethan 9-16 4-5 22; Stansberry, Parker 5-8 2-2 16; Rash, Brandon 5-9 3-3 13; Cox, Tate 1-2 3-4 6; Botkin, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0; Taylor, Chris 0-0 0-0 0; Jennings, Joe 0-0 0-0 0; Morrison, Leavitt 0-0 0-0 0; Fudge, Nick 0-0 0-0 0; Clark, Jacob 0-0 0-0 0; Gordon, Lowell 0-0 0-0 0; Beuttel, Trey 0-1 0-0 0; Sirkin, Tommy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-51 16-20 86.

Franklin & Marshall...........   37   36  -   73

TRANSYLVANIA..................   41   45  -   86

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 6-14 (Morgan Lee 2-2; Max Brewer 2-5; Devin Figueroa 1-5; Hayk Gyokchyan 1-1; Matt Porter 0-1), TRANSYLVANIA 10-20 (Meyer, Barrett 5-9; Stansberry, Parker 4-7; Cox, Tate 1-2; Beuttel, Trey 0-1; Spurlin, Ethan 0-1). 

Fouled out--Franklin & Marshall-Matt Porter, TRANSYLVANIA-None. 

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 24 (Hayk Gyokchyan 6), TRANSYLVANIA 19 (Spurlin, Ethan 6). 

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 17 (Max Brewer 7), TRANSYLVANIA 15 (Rash, Brandon 5). 

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 21, TRANSYLVANIA 19. 

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, TRANSYLVANIA-TEAM. 

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