Diplomats Dodge the Bullets for 20th Victory

Diplomats Dodge the Bullets for 20th Victory

LANCASTER, Pa. – Brandon Federici and Cedric Moune combined for 35 points to lead No. 22 Franklin & Marshall to a 71-60 win over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) action Wednesday evening.  F&M improved to 20-4, 15-2 CC, making it the 27th year F&M has won 20 or more games under Glenn Robinson. 

F&M started out hot and jumped out to a 10-0 lead three minutes into the game with eight points from Moune. A Federici triple two minutes later made it 15-2 and the Diplomats held a comfortable 19-5 lead at 12:13. Gettysburg (15-8, 10-6 CC) answered with five straight before the Diplomats countered with an 8-0 run and took a 27-10 lead on a Jordan Phelps jumper at 8:53. 

The Diplomats took their largest lead, 33-11, with a little under six minutes left in the first and the Bullets responded with seven straight to come within 15, 33-18, at 4:10. Shawn Hines put F&M up 35-18, but Bullets outscored F&M 9-2 during final four minutes of the half to make it 38-27 at the break. 

Moune had 14 points in the first and Federici chipped in 10 for the Diplomats. 

F&M took a 42-28 edge early in the second before Gettysburg went on an 8-2 spurt to come within eight. The Diplomats held at least a five-point edge over the next few minutes of action and clung to a 53-48 lead at 7:45. F&M quickly went up 10, 58-48, at 6:52 and held a seven-point edge with just 2:27 left to play. The Diplomats went on a 7-0 run in the final 2:30 to go up 71-57 with 27 ticks on the clock to secure the win. 

Moune shot 8-for-11 from the floor and finished with a game-high 18 points. He hauled in nine rebounds, picked up four blocks and had two steals for F&M. Federici had 17 points and two steals and Matthew Tate knocked in 13 and handed out nine assists. Shawn Hines added eight and Kevin Beins tallied seven for F&M. 

Matt England led the way for Gettysburg with 15 while Kevin Gladstone and Tanner Kirkpatrick both finished with 11. Alex Kaslander ended the game with 12 points. 

F&M outshot the Bullets 48-39-percent and held a 40-30 edge on the glass. 

The Diplomats returns to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Dickinson in the regular-season finale.