LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 23 Franklin & Marshall dropped a hard-fought 57-54 game to Gettysburg in the Centennial Conference (CC) opener for both teams. The loss is the first for F&M this season as the Diplomats dropped to 2-1, 0-1 CC while the Bullets improved to 1-3, 1-0 CC.
Gettysburg controlled the opening half and jumped out to an early 19-5 lead 10 minutes into the half. F&M outscored Gettysburg 9-5 during the next five minutes to come within 10, 24-14, and a Matthew Tate triple at 4:21 made it an eight-point game. The Bullets responded with an 8-2 run to close out the half and took a 35-21 lead into the locker room at the break.
F&M netted seven straight to start the second and came within seven, 35-28, before the Bullets went back up in double-digits with an 11-point edge with just under 13 minutes left in the half. Stoma scored seven to lead F&M on a 13-4 run that brought the Diplomats within two, 47-45, with 5:01 left in the game.
The Bullets went up five two possessions later and F&M answered with a 7-2 spurt to tie the game at 54-54 with 33 seconds on the clock. Pete Christ hit a triple on Gettysburg's next possession to put the Bullets up three and F&M had one final chance, but turned the ball over.
Stoma had a game-high 18 points with six boards and Tate finished the night with 16 on 6-for-11 shooting. Federici had nine and Eggers ended with seven.
Tanner Kirkpatrick, Danny Duffey and Mlynue Reeves all had 10 points for the Bullets.
F&M returns to action on Sunday when the Diplomats travel to Lebanon Valley for a 4:00 p.m. game.