CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Franklin & Marshall edged Washington 57-54 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon. The win improved F&M's winning steak to seven straight with a 9-4, 5-1 CC record while the Shoremen fell to 3-10, 2-4 CC.
F&M took control early and used an 8-3 spurt to go up 18-11 with 8:40 left in the first half. The Shoremen answered with 10 straight over the next four minutes and went up 21-18 and increased their lead to 26-22 at 2:18. The Diplomats countered by scoring five unanswered to close out the half with a slight 27-26 edge.
The Diplomats maintained a one-point lead, 31-30, three minutes into the second before Washington used a 12-5 run to take its largest lead of game, 42-36, with 12:16 left in the contest. The lead did not last for long as F&M netted the next 10 points of the game and took a 46-42 lead on a Morgan Lee layup with 9:01 remaining.
F&M kept the lead the remainder of the game, but Washington stayed close and came within three, 51-48, with just under 1:30 left to go. The Shoremen turned the ball over on their next possession and F&M went 4-for-7 from the stripe to lead 55-48 before Pat Morgan hit a three to bring Washington within four, 55-51, with 14.1 seconds left.
Jon Salandra hit the backend of two free throws and the Shoremen again hit a trey to make it a two-point game with 13.4 seconds left. Terrel Phelps was fouled on F&M's next possession with four seconds left and he made 1-for-2 shots from the line to give F&M a 57-54 lead before John Weston was called for travelling on Washington's next trip down the court to seal the victory for F&M.
Salandra led the way for F&M with 13 points while Lee and Phelps both contributed 12. Lee added nine boards and Cedric Moune finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.
Weston ended with a game-high 16 points for Washington Morgan added 13 points while junior guard Sean Brooks scored 10 points.
F&M held a 65-50 percent edge from the charity stripe and a 31-25 advantage in defensive rebounds.
The Diplomats continue CC play next week with an away game at Muhlenberg on Tuesday slated for 8:00 p.m. before hosting McDaniel on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. tip.