Diplomats Roll by Blue Jays in Season Opener

Diplomats Roll by Blue Jays in Season Opener

LANCASTER, Pa. – Brandon Federici scored all of his 24 points in the first half to lead Franklin & Marshall to an 80-49 victory over Elizabethtown in the first round of the 2015 Lancaster Rotary – F&M Tip-Off Tournament. 

The Diplomats will face Oneonta, a 77-69 winner over Manhattanville, in the championship game tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. E-Town will face off with Manhattanville at 2:00 p.m. 

Glenn Robinson picked up career win 891 and is just nine victories away from becoming just the fourth coach to reach 900 NCAA wins. 

F&M jumped out to an early 21-12 lead seven minutes into the game with 13 points from Federici. The Diplomats increased their edge to 20, 36-16, at 7:42 and cruised into the break with a commanding 52-27 advantage. 

The Diplomats continued to dominate in the second and took a 62-33 lead on a Shawn Hines bucket at 12:06. F&M maintained a 20-point lead the remainder of the contest and led by as many as 34 points down the stretch. 

Federici led all scorers with 24 points as the sophomore shot 9-for-17 from the field. Cedric Moune picked up a double-double with 15 points and 16 boards and Hunter Eggers recorded 15 points with seven rebounds.  Shawn Hines netted seven and collected four rebounds for F&M. 

Matt Zeigler was the only Blue Jay in double-figures with 10 points. 

F&M outshot E-Town 48%-33%, held a 41-33 edge on the glass and converted 21 turnovers into 26 points.