Game 24: Johns Hopkins at No. 15 Franklin & Marshall
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Series Record: F&M leads 56-31
Last Meeting: January 26, 2011 - Baltimore, Md.
Last F&M win: 86-55, January 26, 2011 - Baltimore, Md.
Last JHU win: 46-45, February 17, 2010 - Lancaster, Pa.
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Game 25: Dickinson at No. 15 Franklin & Marshall
Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Series Record : F&M leads 102-65
Last Meeting : January 19, 2011 - Carlise, Pa.
Last F&M win: 69-68, January 19, 2011 - Carlise, Pa.
Last DC win: 60-48, February 23, 2008 - Lancaster, Pa.
Head-to-Head: F&M will face Johns Hopkins for the 88th time since the series began in 1947. The Diplomats hold a 56-31 advantage and won the first meeting this season.
The Diplomats will take on the Red Devils for the 168th time since 1905. F&M has won the previous five meetings.
Last Time Out: Georgio Milligan netted a game-high 21 points as No. 21 Franklin & Marshall defeated Swarthmore 67-57 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action. The Diplomats (19-4, 14-2 CC) earned the right to host CC playoffs with their ninth-straight victory.
F&M started out with a 7-4 advantage four minutes into the contest with five points from Brandon Beckford. The Diplomats went up 10-9 before Swarthmore (6-7, 3-13 CC) went on a 6-0 run to take a 15-10 lead at 10:47. F&M countered outscoring the Garnet 10-5 to tie the contest at 20 with 5:41 remaining in half. James McNally scored six points as the Diplomats went on a 10-2 run to end half and go into the break with a 30-22 lead.
The Diplomats opened up the second half with a 13-7 run to take a 14-point, 43-29, edge just over six minutes into the stanza. The Garnet came within five points at 7:05, but F&M quickly responded with an 11-1 run to go up 15, 60-45, at 4:27. F&M held at least a nine-point cushion the remainder of the contest.
Milligan added a career-high seven steals while finishing with six assists and six rebounds. Mike Baker scored 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting. McNally and Beckford both finished with nine points apiece.
Defense: F&M ranks first in the conference in multiple defensive categories. The Diplomats average 5.0 blocks and 9.83 steals per game. F&M has a + 4.30 turnover margin.
Milligan in CC: Georgio Milligan's 2.52 steals and 5.61 assists per game rank first in the Centennial Conference.
Last Time We Met JHU: Mike Baker scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down 10 boards to lead No. 22 Franklin & Marshall to a 86-55 victory over Johns Hopkins. The double-double was the fifth for Baker this season.
The game started out slow as both team settled in. F&M held a 13-12 lead almost eight minutes into the contest. Georgio Milligan scored four points in a 12-0 Diplomats' run as F&M went up 24-12 at 8:17. Johns Hopkins came within seven points, 30-23, at 3:19 before the Diplomats closed out the half with a 8-4 run to go into the break with a 38-27 edge.
F&M came out of the gates strong in the second stanza outscoring the Blue Jays 11-4 to take a 49-31 edge almost four minutes into the half. The Diplomats maintained at least a 17-point lead the remainder of the game and led by as much as 31.
Milligan netted 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Hayk Gyokchyan finished with 14 points and six boards. Brandon Beckford added 10 while Matt Porter dropped in nine points for the Diplomats.
Last Time We Met DC: Georgio Milligan drained two free throws with four seconds remaining in overtime as Franklin & Marshall defeated Dickinson 69-68. James McNally scored a team-high 17 points and became F&M's all-time scoring leader.
The first two minutes of overtime remained scoreless before Milligan scored at 2:50 to give F&M a 63-61 lead. Dickinson answered on its next possession before Steve Tolliver hit two from the stripe to maintain the Diplomats' advantage. The teams traded buckets down the stretch, but the Red Devils went up a point with 17 ticks on the clock. Milligan was fouled on the next possession, setting up his game-winning shots.
Brandon Beckford's trey at 6:26 gave the Diplomats a 56-51 advantage. Brian Gerney hit a three for the Red Devils to tie the contest at 58 with 1:45 left in the second. Hayk Gyokchyan put F&M up one, before another three-pointer gave Dickinson a one-point, 61-60, lead with 51 seconds on the clock. Milligan hit the back end of his free throws to tie game with 32 second left and a Dickinson miss with a second remaining sent the game into overtime.
Milligan finished with 12 points and four assists. Beckford and Tolliver each netted nine and Gyokchyan ended with eight points. Mike Baker pulled down a team-high 10 boards and added seven points.