LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall fell 61-56 to Baruch in the first game of the Lancaster Rotary Tip-Off Tournament Friday evening and will face Alvernia in tomorrow's consolation game at 2:00 p.m. The championship will feature Middlebury, an 81-72 winner over Alvernia, and Baruch at 4:00 p.m.
F&M jumped out to an early 9-5 lead five minutes into the contest and increased their advantage to 11, 21-10, at 10:50 with 10 points from Matt Porter. Baruch answered with an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to tie the game at 21-21 with 6:14 left to the break.
The teams traded baskets before Baruch finished off the half by outscoring F&M 7-4 to go into the break with a 30-27 edge.
The Diplomats came out strong in the second with an 11-2 run and took a six point, 38-32, lead at 15:05. The teams went back and forth during the next few possessions before the Bearcats slowly chipped away at the lead and tied game at 45 with nine minutes left to play.
F&M went up four, 49-45, before Baruch put together a decisive 12-1 spurt over seven minute to take a 57-50 lead with 1:40 left to play. The Diplomats came within four, but Baruch hit most of their shots from line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Jon Salandra had a game-high 16 points, shooting 8-for-16 from the field and pulled down nine boards. Porter chipped in 12, 10 in the first half, but was in foul trouble most of the game. Terrel Phelps had eight points with four boards for F&M.
Abraham Akanmu paced the Bearcats with 13 points and Matas Rascius finished with nine.
F&M held a 35-27 advantage on the glass, including 13 on the offensive side, which led to 12-second chance points. The Bearcats however, shot 16-for-22 from the line while F&M finished 6-for-17.