Game 26 Friday, Feb. 27, 2016 - Centennial Conference Semifinal No. 25 Franklin & Marshall vs. Gettysburg | Lancaster, Pa. | 8:00 p.m. Video (HD) | Live Stats
Game 27 – If F&M Advances Saturday, Feb. 28, 2016 - Centennial Conference Championship No. 25 F&M vs. Swarthmore or Dickinson | Lancaster, Pa. | 7:00 p.m. Video (HD) | Live Stats
Series History: Franklin & Marshall hosts Gettysburg on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament. The meeting will be the third this season and the 219th total contest between the institutions. The Bullets hold a slight 113-105 edge in the all-time series, but the Diplomats took the most recent meeting 71-60 on Feb. 17 in Lancaster.
An F&M victory on Friday could pair F&M and Swarthmore in Saturday's final. The Garnet and Diplomats have squared off on 98 previous occasions, with F&M holding a 73-25 lead, including a pair of victories on Jan. 9 and Feb. 6 this year.
If Dickinson defeats Swarthmore in the other semifinal, the Diplomats will face off with the Red Devils on Saturday in the 182nd meeting between the schools. F&M holds a 110-71 advantage in the all-time series and a 35-12 lead in CC action, but Dickinson took the most recent meeting in an 88-86 overtime thriller on Feb. 20.
In the Tourney: The Diplomats are making their 19th appearance in the CC Tournament over the 23-year history of the conference. F&M has compiled a record of 20-11 in the CC Playoffs and looks to win its eighth CC Championship -- 19th overall -- and first since the 2011-12 season. This year's tournament also marks the eighth time that the Diplomats have hosted the tournament in the 13 years since the adoption of the current format in 2004.
Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for students (13-18), free for children 12 and under, and students from participating school upon presentation of valid ID
D3hoops.com Poll: F&M enters the CC Tournament as the conference's only ranked team, coming in at No. 25 in the D3hoops.com national poll.
Amongst the leaders: Brandon Federici and Cedric Moune both rank near the top of the CC scoring charts, filling the second and third positions. Federici's 17.0 points per game average is good for second in the conference, while Moune's mark of 15.6 places him third. Dickinson's Ted Hinnenkamp leads the CC at 17.2.
Moune tops the CC in rebounds per game, pulling in an average of 9.4 boards per contest. His closest competitor, Joe Scibelli of Haverford, averages 7.8 rebounds per game.
20-Win Plateau: This season is the 27th time in head coach Glenn Robinson's 45 seasons that F&M has earned 20 of more wins. It is also the seventh time in eight seasons that the Diplomats have reached the plateau.
Closing in on 1,000: Cedric Moune's 44 points in three games last week increased his career total to 975 as he enters the tournament just 25 points away from being 34th player to reach that milestone. Federici also has the 1,000-point mark in his sights, currently standing at 928 which would be the fastest player in school history reached the 1,000-point plateau.
Last Week for F&M: The Diplomats closed out the regular season with a 2-1 mark on the week, defeating Ursinus on Tuesday and taking down Gettysburg 24 hours later on Wednesday. F&M wrapped up the week with a loss to Dickinson in Saturday's regular-season finale.
Five players scored in double figures to lead F&M to a 74-61 victory on Tuesday.
Terrel Phelps finished with a season and team-high 17 points for the Diplomats. The senior went 4-for-7 from behind the arc and finished 5-for-6 from the stripe. Kevin Beins added 14 off the bench, shooting 6-for-8 from the floor, and Moune ended the game with 11 points and nine boards. Federici and Matthew Tate both netted 10 and Hunter Eggers had eight.
On Wednesday, the Diplomats went on a 7-0 run in the final 2:30 to go up 71-57 and secure the win. Moune shot 8-for-11 from the floor and finished with a game-high 18 points while adding nine rebounds, four blocks, and two steals for F&M. Federici had 17 points and two steals, while Tate knocked in 13 and handed out nine assists.
The Diplomats dropped a thrilling 88-86 contest in overtime against Dickinson on Saturday. A Red Devil bucket with two seconds remaining sent the game into overtime, before a pair of threes from Hinnenkamp early in overtime gave Dickinson a lead that F&M never erased.
Moune had three blocks and finished with a team-high 26 points, pulling down 10 boards for his 10th double-double of the year. Eggers netted 21 points with nine rebounds and three steals, while Shawn Hines recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.