Diplomats Down Spartans to Win Tip-Off Tournament

Diplomats Down Spartans to Win Tip-Off Tournament

LANCASTER, Pa. – Matthew Tate recorded a double-double to lead No. 23 Franklin & Marshall to a 91-71 win over York and win the 2016 William Marshall Tip-Off Tournament Saturday evening. The Diplomats improved to 2-0 while the Spartans dropped to 2-1. 

F&M led from the opening jump and took an early 8-0 lead two minutes into the contest. The Diplomats increased their lead to 14, 20-6, on two foul shots from Jared Wright, before the Spartans went on a 13-4 run to come within five, 24-19, with 7:43 left in the half. 

Brandon Federici led 10-0 run with eight points of his own to put F&M back up in double-figures, 34-19, with more than six left to play. York came within seven, 40-33, at 2:12, before the Diplomats outscored York 6-2 down the stretch to take a 46-35 lead into the break. 

The Diplomats started the second frame with a 15-4 run and went up 22 points on a Federici triple at 13:37. York slowly chipped away and came within 15, 71-56, but the Diplomats quickly countered and took a 79-58 lead with more than five minutes left in the game.  F&M maintained a double-digit edge the remainder of the contest and led by as many as 23 down the stretch. 

Tate finished with a career-high 13 helpers to go along with 13 points to earn the Most Valuable Player award. Federici landed on the All-Tournament team with a game-high 27 points, hitting 7-for-11 from behind the arc and handing out five assists. 

Ignas Slyka netted 14 and Jordan Phelps ended with 10 points. J.C. McGrath ended the day with eight boards and six points and Hunter Eggers tallied six for F&M as well. 

F&M outshot the Spartans 57-47 percent, held a 41-20 edge on the glass and converted 17 turnovers into 25 points. 

The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday when F&M hosts Gettysburg at 8:00 p.m.