January 16, 2013

F&M Wins in Double OT

BALTIMORE – Morgan Lee scored 13 points in two overtime periods to help lift Franklin & Marshall to a 76-71 victory over Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action. F&M improved its record to 13-3, 8-1 CC while the Blue Jays fell to 9-7, 5-4 CC.

The game was closely contested throughout the fifty minutes of action with neither team leading by more than six points and 17 ties. Hopkins jumped out to an early 13-10 lead eight minutes into the game and increased it to 16-12 before F&M tallied four straight to tie the game at 16-16 with 6:26 left until the break. The teams traded buckets and F&M finished the half by outscoring Hopkins 8-4 and went into halftime with a 26-22 edge.

Hopkins went on an 8-2 scoring spurt to start the second and led 30-28, but F&M answered with eight straight to go up 36-30 at 15:31. The Blue Jays slowly chipped away and used a 7-2 run to take a 47-45 lead with 5:39 left in regulation. The teams exchanged points through the final five minutes of action that led to a 53-53 tie at the end of the first 40 minutes.

The Blue Jays netted the first three points of the first overtime to go up 56-53 before Matt Porter and Lee scored five straight for the Diplomats which gave F&M a 58-56 advantage with 2:44 remaining. Lee made it 60-58 at 2:03 and Adam Spengler scored four for Hopkins to put the Blue Jays up 62-60. Lee hit a jumper with 38 seconds left and Hopkins came up empty on its next possession and F&M's final shot went long, sending the game into the second overtime.

F&M scored four unanswered at the start of period to go up 66-62, but the Jays quickly answered with five straight and went up one, 69-68, at 2:13. Ed Early's layup at 1:57 put F&M on top for good and Brandon Beckford hit two from the line to put F&M up 72-69 at 1:09. Jimmy Hammer got Hopkins within a point before Lee hit a jumper and Gyokchyan hit both his shots from the line to help seal the victory.

Porter had a game-high 18 points for the Diplomats and Lee shot 5-for-7 from the field and 7-for-7 from the stripe to finish with 17 points. Early tallied 14 points with nine rebounds while Gyokchyan finished with 13 and six boards. Jon Salandra collected a game-high 11 rebounds.

Hammer netted a game-high 21 points to pace the Blue Jays and Spengler shot 3-for-4 from behind the arc for 15 points.

F&M held a commanding 40-29 advantage on the glass and forced 14 turnovers.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts McDaniel at 3:00 p.m.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 76, JOHNS HOPKINS 71

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (13-3, 8-1 CC)

Matt Porter 8-16 2-2 18; Morgan Lee 5-7 7-7 17; Ed Early 7-9 0-3 14; Hayk Gyokchyan 5-18 3-4 13; Jon Salandra 4-6 0-0 8; Brandon Beckford 1-5 2-2 4; Max Brewer 1-2 0-0 2; Cedric Moune 0-0 0-0 0; Terrel Phelps 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 31-68 14-18 76.

JOHNS HOPKINS (9-7, 5-4 CC)

Jimmy Hammer 7-16 2-2 21; Adam Spengler 6-7 3-4 15; George Bugarinovic 5-6 2-4 12; Connor McIntyre 4-12 0-0 8; Gene Williams 3-5 1-2 8; Matt Chiusano 3-7 0-0 6; Mike Rhoads 0-2 1-2 1; Omar Randall 0-0 0-0 0; Alex Pandrangi 0-1 0-0 0; Austin Vasiliadis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 9-14 71.

Franklin & Marshall...........   26   27    9   14  -   76

Johns Hopkins.................   22   31    9    9  -   71

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 0-11 (Matt Porter 0-1; Ed Early 0-1; Hayk Gyokchyan 0-4; Brandon Beckford 0-1; Terrel Phelps 0-4), Johns Hopkins 6-8 (Jimmy Hammer 5-5; Gene Williams 1-3).

Fouled out--Franklin & Marshall-Max Brewer, Johns Hopkins-Connor McIntyre.

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 40 (Jon Salandra 11), Johns Hopkins 29 (George Bugarinovic 10).

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 13 (Hayk Gyokchyan 3), Johns Hopkins 17 (Adam Spengler 7).

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 14, Johns Hopkins 16.

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-TEAM, Johns Hopkins-None. A-151