LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall defeated Randolph 78-53 in the second game of the Sponaugle New Year's Tournament Friday evening. F&M will face Delaware Valley – a 75-72 winner over Hartwick – in tomorrow's championship game at 4:00 p.m. Hartwick takes on Randolph at 2:00 p.m. in the consolation game.
After a slow start, F&M trailed 11-8 at 11:41, but the Diplomats went on an 18-3 run led by Brandon Federici to go up 26-14 with a little less than five minutes to play. Federici scored 13 points in the run, including three triples. The Wildcats answered and came within seven, 28-21, at 2:11, but F&M closed out the half with five unanswered and went into the break with a 33-21 advantage.
Federici led all scorers in the opening frame with 14 points and Justin Kupa chipped in five off the bench.
Matt Redhead netted eight straight to start the second. After a three by Randolph, F&M went on a 14-3 run over the next six minutes to take a 55-27 lead at 12:49. Matthew Tate put F&M up 31, 62-31, at 10:41, but the Wildcats answered and came within 23, 65-42, at 6:37. The Diplomats countered with a 12-2 spurt and took their largest lead of the game, 77-45, at 2:03 and cruised to the victory.
Sammy Hooper led Randolph with 14 points.