LANCASTER, Pa. – Johns Hopkins defeated Franklin & Marshall 79-61 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Tuesday evening at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats dropped to 2-3, 1-1 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 3-2, 2-0 CC on the year.
F&M jumped out to an early 7-0 lead three minutes into the contest and increased its edge to 12, 17-5, at 11:59. Hopkins responded with an 18-6 run to tie the contest at 23 with 5:47 left to play in the first. The teams traded buckets over the final few minutes of action with the Blue Jays taking a 34-32 edge into the break.
F&M tied the game at 34 on a layup by Terrel Phelps at 18:51 in the second before Hopkins answered with an 11-1 run to go up 45-35 at 16:17. The Diplomats countered by outscoring Hopkins 7-2 over the next two minutes to come within five, 47-42,at 14:36.
The Blue Jays took control from there and put the game out of reach with a 19-5 run over the next seven minutes to make it 66-47 with 7:37 left to play. Hopkins maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the contest with F&M coming as close as 13, 74-61, at 2:59.
Four players scored in double-figures with three of them finishing with 14 apiece. Cedric Moune shot 4-for-5 from the floor to finish with 14 and pulled down a game-high eight boards, Jon Salandra also had 14 with six boards and Matt Porter went 5-for-7 for 14 point. Morgan Lee added 10 points for the Diplomats.
George Bugarinovic paced the Blue Jays with 18 points while Jimmy Hammer finished 11 and Matt Billups netted 10 for Hopkins.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host No. 10 St. Mary's at 3:00 p.m.