Diplomats Start Title Defense - Week 12 Game Notes

Diplomats Start Title Defense - Week 12 Game Notes
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Game 26  
Friday, Feb. 24, 2016 - Centennial Conference Semifinal
Franklin & Marshall vs. Dickinson | Swarthmore, Pa. | 6:00 p.m. 
Video (HD) | Live Stats 
Series Record: F&M leads 112-71
In CC Action: F&M leads 37-12
Streak: F&M +2
First Meeting: Jan. 21, 1905 (F&M 33-21)
Last F&M Victory: 77-75, Feb. 15, 2017 – Carlisle, Pa.
Last DC Victory: 88-86, Feb. 20, 2016 – Lancaster, Pa.
Game 27 – If F&M Advances
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2016 - Centennial Conference Championship
Franklin & Marshall vs. Swarthmore or Ursinus | Swarthmore, Pa. | 7:00 p.m.
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Series Record: F&M leads 76-25
In CC Action: F&M leads 36-4
Streak: F&M +9
First Meeting: March 17, 1904
Last F&M Victory: 93-66, Feb. 18, 2017 - Swarthmore, Pa.
Last SC Victory: 73-63 (OT), Feb. 9, 2013 – Swarthmore, Pa.
Series Record: F&M 89-36
In CC Action: F&M 26-15
Streak: UC + 2
First Meeting: Feb. 6, 1915 (F&M 45-30)
Last F&M Victory:  74-61, Feb. 16, 2016 – Collegeville, Pa.
Last UC Victory: 94-82, Feb. 1, 2017 – Collegeville, Pa.


Series History: F&M takes on Dickinson for the third time this season in the first semifinal game. The meeting marks the 183rd time since the series began in 1905 with the Diplomats leading 112-71 series edge, hodling a 37-12 mark in CC action. F&M won both games earlier this year. 

If the Diplomats advance, they would face the winner of Swarthmore and Ursinus.

The Garnet and Diplomats have squared off on 101 previous occasions, with F&M holding a 76-25 lead, including victories in the last nine meetings. 

F&M would take on Ursinus for the 126th time since 1915 and holds an 89-36 edge in the all-time series with a 26-15 mark in conference play. F&M has won 15 of the last 18 games, but the Bears took both games this season.

In the Tourney: The Diplomats are making their 20th appearance in the CC Tournament over the 24-year history of the conference. F&M has compiled a record of 22-11 in the CC Playoffs and looks to win its ninth CC Championship -- 20th overall -- after winning the tournament last season. 

Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for students (13-18), free for children 12 and under, and students from participating school upon presentation of valid I.D. Tickets can be bought at the door starting at 5:00 p.m.

20-Win Plateau: With two victories, the Diplomats would reach the 20-win plateau for the 28th time in head coach Glenn Robinson's 46 seasons. It would also be the eighth time in the last nine seasons that the Diplomats have reached the plateau.

CC POTW: J.C. McGrath was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week this week.

McGrath averaged 17.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 72.2 percent from the field as F&M locked up the No. 2 seed for the upcoming CC Tournament with a 2-0 week for the Diplomats. 

The sophomore forward scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 77-75 win at Dickinson on Wednesday. McGrath followed up that effort with a perfect 10-of-10 from the floor for a game-high 24 points, to go along with nine rebounds, as the Diplomats downed No. 21 Swarthmore, 93-66 on Saturday. 

Around the Conference: Brandon Federici leads the conference with 20.1 points per game and his 55 steals, along with 83 triples this season, also lead the CC.  Matthew Tate is fifth at 3.3 assists per game and Ignas Slyka is fourth at 41 steals while Jared Wright sits in third with 44 steals. 

Last Week for F&M: F&M finished the regular season with a 2-0 week after taking down Dickinson 77-75 on Wednesday (Recap) before dominating Swarthmore 93-66 (Recap) in the regular season finale. 

Brandon Federici led all scorers with 20 points and pulled down six boards against Dickinson. Ignas Slyka netted 18 on 7-for-9 shooting and Matthew Tate hit 6-of-9 to end the game with 17 points. J.C. McGrath had 10 and Jared Wright recorded four steals and six points.

Justus Melton led Dickinson with 19, Moses Romocki had 13 and Elijah Wright ended the night with 12 points. 

Dickinson outshot F&M 51-48-percent, but the Diplomats held a slight 35-31 edge on the glass.

J.C. McGrath hit 10-for-10 from the floor for his game-high 24 points to go along with nine boards against Swarthmore. Ignas Slyka hit 8-of-13 shots and ended with 21 while Brandon Federici netted 12. Hunter Eggers chipped in 11 and Jared Wright tallied nine for F&M. 

Cam Wiley had 16 and Chris Bourne ended the day with 15 for Swarthmore. 

F&M outshot Swarthmore 62-46-percent, and converted 14 turnovers into 25 points.