LANCASTER, Pa. – Matthew Tate recorded a double-double to lead No. 23 Franklin & Marshall to a 91-71 win over York and win the 2016 William Marshall Tip-Off Tournament Saturday evening. The Diplomats improved to 2-0 while the Spartans dropped to 2-1.
F&M led from the opening jump and took an early 8-0 lead two minutes into the contest. The Diplomats increased their lead to 14, 20-6, on two foul shots from Jared Wright, before the Spartans went on a 13-4 run to come within five, 24-19, with 7:43 left in the half.
Brandon Federici led 10-0 run with eight points of his own to put F&M back up in double-figures, 34-19, with more than six left to play. York came within seven, 40-33, at 2:12, before the Diplomats outscored York 6-2 down the stretch to take a 46-35 lead into the break.
The Diplomats started the second frame with a 15-4 run and went up 22 points on a Federici triple at 13:37. York slowly chipped away and came within 15, 71-56, but the Diplomats quickly countered and took a 79-58 lead with more than five minutes left in the game. F&M maintained a double-digit edge the remainder of the contest and led by as many as 23 down the stretch.
Tate finished with a career-high 13 helpers to go along with 13 points to earn the Most Valuable Player award. Federici landed on the All-Tournament team with a game-high 27 points, hitting 7-for-11 from behind the arc and handing out five assists.
F&M outshot the Spartans 57-47 percent, held a 41-20 edge on the glass and converted 17 turnovers into 25 points.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday when F&M hosts Gettysburg at 8:00 p.m.