Diplomats Comeback Falls Short

Diplomats Comeback Falls Short

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's second-half comeback bid fell just short as the Diplomats dropped a 67-57 contest to Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Wednesday evening. F&M dropped to 15-7, 9-6 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 15-7, 11-4 CC. 

Hopkins dominated in the early minutes and jumped out to a 14-0 lead a little more than six minutes into the game. Hopkins led 19-5 at 10:21, but the Diplomats went on a 7-2 spurt to come within nine, 21-12, with 7:35 left in the half. The Blue Jays answered and increased their lead to 14, 29-15, with 3:43 remaining, but F&M closed out the half by outscoring Hopkins 13-7 to come within eight, 36-28, at the break. 

Brandon Federici led F&M in the opening frame with 10 points with Hunter Eggers contributing five. 

The Diplomats came within six five minutes into the second, before Hopkins answered and retook a double-digit lead, 51-40, with 11:33 left to play. F&M countered with a 13-1 run over the next five minutes and took their first lead of the game, 53-52, at 6:39. J.C. McGrath had six points in the run and Jared Wright netted five. 

F&M led 55-54 at 5:30 before the Blue Jays went on an 8-0 spurt and retook the lead for good. Hopkins was able to hold the Diplomats to just two points in the final 2:18 of the game to secure the win. 

Federici finished with a game-high 17 points while Wright netted 12 points with four assists. McGrath had 11 points with seven boards for the Diplomats. 

Kyle Doran paced Hopkins with 23 and Michael Gardner ended with 15. 

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Washington for a 4:00 p.m. contest.