Diplomats Demolish Dickinson; Secure Home Court

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall made a statement with a convincing 64-34 victory over Dickinson in the regular season finale on Saturday in front of near-capacity crowd at the Mayser Center. The victory gives F&M home-court advantage for the Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs for the fifth-straight year.

F&M will face the winner of Muhlenberg and Gettysburg on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Dickinson taking on Johns Hopkins at 6:00 p.m. The Mules and Bears will tip off on Wednesday in Allentown at 7:00 p.m.

The margin-of-victory was largest for F&M this season, 30 points, and the 34 points allowed was the fewest scored on the Diplomats all year. 

The first few minutes was a defensive battle as both struggled to finish. Morgan Lee hit two from the stripe to give F&M a 7-0 lead at 14:12 and the F&M defense kept the Red Devils off the board for the first 6:10 of action.  

Jon Salandra's jumper at 9:53 put F&M up six, 11-5, before Dickinson outscored F&M 5-1 over the next three minutes to come within a point, 12-11, at 6:24. That was as close as the Red Devils would get and F&M finished off the half with 13 unanswered points to go into the break with a 25-11 edge. 

Dickinson attempted a comeback at the start of the second with a 9-5 run to come within 10, 30-20, at 14:18. F&M answered by outscoring the Red Devils 19-7 over the next seven minutes to go up 49-27 with 7:39 left to play. 

Matt Porter tallied three-straight for F&M to give the Diplomats a 60-31 lead with 3:56 left as the Diplomats cruised to the victory. 

Lee led all scorers with 14 points off the bench and Salandra finished 13 with seven rebounds. Porter shot 6-for-8 from the line for 12 points and collected eight rebounds. Hayk Gyokchyan picked up his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and game-high 12 rebounds.  Max Brewer chipped in eight on 2-for-3 shooting.

Gerry Wixted led Dickinson with 11 points and Chris Barsanti finished with 7. 

F&M outshot Dickinson 38.5 percent to 26.5 percent and had a dominant 46-27 advantage on the glass. 

 

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 64, DICKINSON 34

DICKINSON (18-7, 13-5 CC)

Gerry Wixted 5-12 1-3 11; Chris Barsanti 2-4 3-3 7; Tucker Landy 2-8 2-3 6; Ted Hinnenkamp 2-3 0-0 4; Adam Honig 1-8 1-3 3; Vince White 1-2 0-0 2; Saar Ziv 0-0 1-2 1; Steve Collins 0-4 0-0 0; Jimmy Fenerty 0-0 0-0 0; Brandon Angradi 0-3 0-0 0; Gavin Allen 0-0 0-0 0; Chris Cox 0-2 0-0 0; Pete Yingst 0-1 0-0 0; Logan Furr 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-49 8-14 34.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (19-6, 14-4 CC)

Morgan Lee 5-12 2-2 14; Jon Salandra 6-13 1-1 13; Matt Porter 3-8 6-8 12; Hayk Gyokchyan 3-13 4-6 10; Max Brewer 2-3 2-2 8; Gordon Rogo 0-0 2-4 2; Devin Figueroa 0-2 2-2 2; Kaleb Faison 1-1 0-0 2; Cedric Moune 0-0 1-2 1; Shawn Hines 0-0 0-0 0; Terrel Phelps 0-0 0-0 0; Brandon Beckford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 20-27 64.

Dickinson.....................   11   23  -   34

Franklin & Marshall...........   25   39  -   64

3-point goals--Dickinson 0-12 (Gerry Wixted 0-6; Chris Barsanti 0-1; Adam Honig 0-1; Brandon Angradi 0-2; Pete Yingst 0-1; Logan Furr 0-1), Franklin & Marshall 4-16 (Morgan Lee 2-5; Max Brewer 2-3; Matt Porter 0-2; Hayk Gyokchyan 0-4; Devin Figueroa 0-1; Jon Salandra 0-1). 

Fouled out--Dickinson-None, Franklin & Marshall-None. 

Rebounds--Dickinson 27 (Adam Honig 8), Franklin & Marshall 46 (Hayk Gyokchyan 12). 

Assists--Dickinson 2 (Brandon Angradi 1; Gerry Wixted 1), Franklin & Marshall 11 (Hayk Gyokchyan 3). 

Total fouls--Dickinson 21, Franklin & Marshall 18. 

Technical fouls--Dickinson-None, Franklin & Marshall-None. A-3127