BALTIMORE – Johns Hopkins outscored Franklin & Marshall 28-7 in the final 10 minutes of action to defeat the Diplomats 70-57 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Wednesday evening. The Blue Jays improved to 3-4, 2-2 CC while the Diplomats dropped to 4-3, 1-3 CC.
F&M held a slight 29-26 edge heading into the second half and slowly increased their lead to 12, 43-31, off a Matthew Tate triple at 14:53. The Blue Jays went on a 7-0 run to come within five, before a Lior Levy three at 10:06 put F&M up eight, 50-42, with 10:06 left to play. Hopkins answered with their game-clinching run, including holding the Diplomats off the board in the final 5:13 of action to secure the victory.
The Diplomats looked strong in the early minutes of the game and took a 9-1 lead off a Julius Stoma layup at 17:09. Levy's layup at 10:21 put F&M 12, 20-8, and a bucket from Tate with a little more than five minutes remaining in the first half gave the Diplomats at 27-13 edge. Hopkins netted nine straight to come within five, but F&M stayed out front and took a 29-26 lead into the break.
Hopkins used a strong bench performance as all three players in double-figures came off the bench for the Blue Jays. Michael Gardner led with 15, Nikhil Panu had 11 and Daniel Vila finished with 10.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Albright at 3:00 p.m.