Series History: F&M travels to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to take on Carnegie Mellon for the sixth time. The Tartans lead the all-time series 3-2, but F&M won the last two meetings back in the 1940's. The Diplomats welcome Misericordia on Saturday for just the third time. F&M owns a 2-0 series record with its last victory occurring on Jan. 2, 2012.
D3hoops.com: Franklin & Marshall moved up three spots in the D3hoops.com Top 25 and the Diplomats are currently ranked 13th.
The March to 900: Legendary head coach Glenn Robinson is three victories away from becoming just the fourth coach to reach 900 NCAA wins. Already the most victorious coach in NCAA Division III history, Robinson enters the week with an 897-328 record. Last season he passed Jim Calhoun (873), Adolph Rupp (876) and Dean Smith (879) in victories after leading the Diplomats to their 26th 20-win season.
Last Time Out: Matthew Tate scored a career-high 19 points to lead No. 16 Franklin & Marshall to a 69-63 victory over Albright on Dec. 9.
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.
Last Time We Met Misericordia: Jon Salandra tallied a career-high 18 points and pulled down nine boards to lead No. 9 Franklin & Marshall to a 68-55 over Misericordia in the first round of the 45th Annual Sponaugle New Years Tournament. The Diplomats remain unbeaten on the season and improved to 10-0 while the Cougars fell to 8-4.
Down 5-2 just over three minutes into the contest, F&M went on an 11-0 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 13-5 lead at 6:50. The teams traded buckets over the next minute before F&M put together run to blow the game wide open. The Diplomats scored eight unanswered in a two-minute span to go up 23-8 with 3:20 remaining the half.
Misericordia outscored F&M 6-2 throughout the final three minutes of action to make it 25-14 at the break.
F&M opened the second stanza with a 9-2 run, and added another 8-0 run minutes later, to go up 36-26 with 13:19 left to play. The Diplomats maintained a double-digit advantage during the next eight minutes of action and led by as much 14 before the Cougars edged closer.
Misericordia came within eight points, 55-47, at 4:51 before the Diplomats tallied seven straight to go up 15 points, 62-47, with 2:53 remaining.
Georgio Milligan netted 16 points and dished out nine assists. Hayk Gyokchyan and Austin Alecxih both tallied nine points and Brandon Beckford ended with eight.
F&M forced 23 turnovers which resulted in 31 points and pulled down 31 rebounds to the Cougars' 17.