LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall outscored Albright 43-27 in the second half en route to a 67-58 victory over the Lions in men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center. F&M improved to 5-3, while the Lions dropped to 5-3.
F&M used a 14-3 run to start the second to turn a seven-point, 31-24, deficit into at a 38-34 lead six minutes into the final frame. Lionel Owona had six points in the run that put the Diplomats up for good. F&M extended its lead to eight, 46-38, on a jumper from Julius Stoma before the Lions went on an 8-1 spurt to pull within a point, 47-46.
The Lions stayed within a possession with F&M leading 55-53, but the Diplomats outscored Albright 10-2 over the next three minutes to put the game out of reach and took a 65-55 lead with just 32 ticks on the clock. Albright hit a three on its next possession, but two buckets from the line by Brandon Federici helped to seal the victory.
The Diplomats were sluggish in the first half, but took an early 5-2 edge at 17:21 and F&M increased its lead to four, 12-8, five minutes later. The Lions countered with a 15-2 run to take a 23-24 lead, but F&M battled back with five straight points to come within four, 23-19, with 4:19 left in the first. Albright stayed out front and went into the break with a 31-24 advantage.
Stoma paced the Diplomats with 15 points and 12 boards while Owona ended the day with 15 points and nine rebounds. Hunter Eggers netted 12 and Federici finished the game with 11 points. Jared Wright hauled in six boards, scored five points and handed out three assists for the Diplomats.
Brandon Lindsay was the only Lion in double figures with 12 points.
F&M held a 44-36 edge on the glass and converted 15 turnovers into 22 points.
The Diplomats return to action in two weeks when F&M hosts Carnegie Mellon on Dec. 30 at 5:00 p.m.