LEBANON, Pa. – Brandon Federici scored a season-high 29 points to lead No. 23 Franklin & Marshall to a 73-67 victory over Lebanon Valley Sunday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 3-1 while the Dutchmen fell to 2-3.
F&M took an early 9-2 lead three minutes into the game and the Dutchmen countered with a 10-4 spurt to come within one, 13-12, with 13:08 left in the first. The Diplomats answered with eight straight before LVC slowly chipped away and eventually took a four-point, 35-31, lead with a little under two minutes left in the half. Hunter Eggers netted five in the final minute to put the Diplomats back on top with a 38-37 lead at the break.
After an early point by LVC, F&M scored six straight to go up 44-38 and a layup from Lior Levy at 14:39 gave the Diplomats a 50-41 lead. A triple by Ignas Slyka put F&M up double-digits, 56-45, and F&M held a 65-55 lead with 8:11 left to play. The Dutchmen stayed close and came within five with 3:32 on the clock.
LVC made it a one possession game with a jumper at 1:28, before J.C. McGrath made it a two-score game on the Diplomats next possessions. The Dutchmen came within four, 71-67, with 41 seconds left, but the Diplomats were able secure win with two free throws from Matthew Tate.
Federici shot 10-for-13 from the floor, including 7-for-10 from behind the arc for his game-high 29 points. Julius Stoma netted 10 with Lionel Owona chipping in seven with six rebounds. Eggers netted seven while Tate ended the game with six points and eight assists.
Sam Light led the Dutchmen with 25 points and Andy Orr chipped in 15.
F&M outshot LVC 51-46 percent, held a 33-28 edge on the glass and scored 26 points from 18 turnovers.
The Diplomats return to action on Thursday when F&M hosts Ursinus at 7:00 p.m.