Diplomats Win Sponaugle New Year Tournament

Diplomats Win Sponaugle New Year Tournament

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall cruised to an 89-62 victory over Delaware Valley to win the Sponaugle New Year's Tournament Saturday evening at the Mayser Center. The tournament championship is the 28th for F&M as the Diplomats improved to 10-1 while the Aggies fell to 2-9. 

A slow start had the Diplomats trailing by a point, 11-10, nine minutes into the game. Matthew Tate and Brandon Federici stepped up and led F&M on an 18-0 run that put the Diplomats on top 28-11, with 5:52 left to play. Tate netted seven in the run and Federici added six. F&M took its largest lead of the half, 37-15, at the four-minute mark and went into the break with an 18-point edge, 39-21. 

Federici led all scorers in the opening frame with 19 and Tate added 11 for the Diplomats. 

The Aggies had a short spurt to start the second and come within 14, 39-25, but J.C. McGrath netted six straight to put F&M up 20. Delaware Valley again came within 14, but that was as close as the Aggies would get as F&M went on a 17-2 run over the next five minutes for a 62-37 lead. F&M maintained at least a 20-point edge the remainder of the game, and led by as many as 31 points down the stretch. 

Federici ended with a game-high 25 points on 8-for-11 shooting and McGrath finished with 18. Tate chipped in 16 to go along with six rebounds and four assists. 

Federici was named to the All-Tournament Team and Tate garnered Most Valuable Player honors. Delaware Valley's Alex Matsinye joined Randolph's Sammy Hooper and Hartwick's Kevin Townes on the All-Tournament team. 

F&M outshot the Aggies 48-33 percent and held a 42-34 edge on the glass. 

F&M resumes Centennial Conference action next Saturday when the Diplomats host McDaniel at 1:00 p.m.