READING, Pa. – Matthew Tate scored a career-high 19 points to lead No. 16 Franklin & Marshall to a 69-63 victory over Albright Wednesday evening. The Diplomats improved to 7-1 while the Lions dropped to 2-5.
Glenn Robinson picked up career win 897 and is three victories away from becoming just the fourth coach to reach 900 NCAA wins.
Tied at 9-9 early in the first half Albright quickly went up three points and led for the next six minutes until Nicholas Stern's jumper at 8:21 put F&M up 19-18. Five lead changes ensued over the next five minutes with the Lions clinging to a 30-27 lead with 2:42 remaining in the first. Hunter Eggers hit a three seconds later that kicked off a 9-2 F&M run and the Diplomats went into the break with a 36-32 edge.
Brandon Federici led all scorers at the break with nine while Tate and Hunters both finished with seven. All seven of Eggers points came in the late run for the Diplomats.
Albright opened the second with a 9-0 run and took a 41-36 lead at 16:39 in the second. After a timeout, the Diplomats responded with five straight and tied the game at 41-41 on a Federici triple, and another Eggers three a minute later started a 9-0 spurt for F&M that put the Diplomats up 53-45.
The Lions stayed close and tied the game at 57-57 with 5:04 left to play. Tate connected from long range on F&M's next possession to put F&M up for good and a Federici layup with a little over a minute left made it 66-61 and the Diplomat withstood a final push by the Lions at the end of the game.
Tate shot 7-for-13 and hit 3-of-7 from behind the arc while Federici netted 18 points. Eggers ended with 10 points and seven boards and Cedric Moune netted nine with eight rebounds.
F&M outshot Albright 47-45 percent and converted 24 turnovers into 22 points.
The Diplomat wrap up the 2015 portion of their schedule next Wednesday when F&M travels to Carnegie Mellon for a 3:00 p.m. game.