LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall dropped a heartbreaking 70-69 contest in overtime to No. 21 Alvernia in the consolation game of the F&M Lancaster Rotary Tip-Off Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats dropped to 0-2 this season while the Crusaders improved to 1-1.
Alvernia erased a nine point, 64-55, F&M lead with a 9-0 run over the final two minutes of action to send the game into overtime. The Crusaders jumped out to an early one-point lead before Morgan Lee's jumper made it 66-65 at the four-minute mark.
Brian Parker hit the second of his two shots from the stripe to tie the game and Harrison Deyo's dunk after two missed foul shots by Lee gave the Crusaders the lead for good. Alvernia took a 70-67 edge with under a minute to play before Terrel Phelps hit two from the line to make it a one-point game, 70-69, with 42 ticks on the clock.
F&M got the ball back, but missed on two opportunities from the floor, giving the ball back to Alvernia and sending them to the line. Deyo missed both his shots from the line, but with .04 seconds left a last effort full-court heave from Matt Porter fell short as the Crusaders came away with the win.
The Crusaders took control early in the contest and jumped out to an early 18-10 lead at 11:48 in the first. Alvernia maintained its lead and increased it to 10, 34-24, with 3:10 left in the half. Lee hit a jumper at 3:02 to make it 34-26, but neither team was able to score the remainder of the stanza.
F&M came out strong in the second and quickly erased Alvernia's lead with 10-0 run over the opening five minutes of action and took a 36-34 lead at 12:12. The Crusaders came within four, 39-35, but F&M countered with an 11-4 spurt to go up 11, 50-39, at 9:10.
The teams traded buckets over the next seven minutes, with the Diplomats clinging onto a 64-55 lead with 2:13 left, which set up Alvernia's game-tying run.
Matt Porter had a team-high 17 points and made his way onto the All-Tournament Team. Jon Salandra chipped in 13 and Phelps shot 4-for-5 from the line to finish with 13 points. Shawn Hines and Cedric Moune both tallied eight apiece.
Brian Parker had a game-high 24 points for Alvernia while Chris Davis and Deyo finished with 16 and 15 points respectively.
F&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Diplomats host Keystone at 7:00 p.m.