LANCASTER, Pa. – Brandon Federici scored a career-high 34 points to lead No. 19 Franklin & Marshall to an 88-64 victory over Haverford Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center. F&M improved to 16-3, 11-1 CC and the Fords dropped to 3-15, 1-10 CC.
Federici shot 13-for-15 from the floor, 8-for-9 from beyond the arc, for his career-high 34 points. Lionel Owona also had a career day with 13 points, all in the first, on 6-for-6 shooting. He also finished with six rebounds. Cedric Moune netted 17 and hauled in 12 boards to finish with his ninth double-double of the year while Jared Wright went 4-for-4 from the line and ended with 10 points.
F&M led from the opening whistle and jumped out to an early 16-3 lead five minutes into the game. The Fords came with nine, 19-10, and F&M answered with a 6-1 spurt to go up 14 on a Kevin Beins layup. The Diplomats continued to hold a double-digit edge and Federici made it a 16-point game, 36-20, at 4:53. Haverford made it 38-27 before the Diplomats closed out the half with a 10-5 run and went into the break with 50-32 lead.
The Diplomats continued to dominate in the second half as the Fords never seriously threaten a comeback. F&M went up 21 points with a bucket from Wright at 13:35 in the second and the Fords scored seven straight before Federici hit a triple to make it 68-51. Haverford came within 17, 73-56, with 7:21 left, but the Diplomats quickly went up 20 and led by at least 20 points the remainder of the game.
Kahlil Garnes had a team-high 25 points for the Fords and Joe Schibelli chipped in 14.
F&M outshot Haverford 57-38-percent, held a 42-24 edge on the glass, including 30 on the defensive side.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday when F&M hosts Muhlenberg at 8:00 p.m.