HAVERFORD, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall picked up its second-straight win with a 71-61 win over Haverford in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats evened their season record at 4-4 and improved to 3-1 in the conference while the Fords dropped to 2-5, 0-4 CC.
The contest went back-and-forth during the opening minutes of action with the score tied at 8-8 four minutes into the contest. F&M led 12-8, before the Fords countered with six straight to retake the lead 12-12 at 11:06. The Diplomats responded with a 13-0 run over the next four minutes and went up 11 points, 25-14, with 7:14 left in the first stanza.
Haverford answered with its own run, outscoring F&M 18-5 the remainder of the half and took a 32-30 edge into the break.
The Fords continued their pace in the second and went up six, 36-30, three minutes into the second. F&M came within in a point at 14:50, but Haverford outscored F&M 11-5 over the next six minutes to maintain their lead, 48-41, at 8:57. The Diplomats answered with a 17-2 run during the next 6:35 of action and took the lead for good, 58-50, with 2:22 left to play.
Haverford clawed within four points twice down the stretch, but the Diplomats went 9-for-10 from the line in the final minute to put the game out of reach.
Matt Porter led the way for F&M with 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the floor. Porter also grabbed 10 boards and picked up his first double-double of the season. Cedric Moune netted 18 points with 12 rebounds and Jon Salandra had 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Brett Cohen paced the Fords with 24 points and Louis Ciprinao shot 5-for-7 from the floor to finish with 13 for Haverford.
F&M dominated on the glass, pulling down 47 rebounds while the Fords managed just 25 and the Diplomats outshot Haverford 76-56 percent from the line.
The Diplomats will travel to Albright on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. tipoff for the last contest before winter break. F&M will resume action on Jan. 2 when the Diplomats host the Sponaugle New Years Tournament.