LANCASTER, Pa. — Franklin & Marshall picked up the season sweep over McDaniel with a 62-51 victory Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action. The Diplomats improved to 16-3, 10-2 CC while the Green Terror dropped to 4-15, 1-11 CC.
F&M took an early 8-3 lead off a triple from Ignas Slyka, before the Green Terror went on an 11-4 run and took a 14-12 edge at 11:51. F&M outscored McDaniel 9-4 over the next five minutes and went out front 21-18, but the Green Terror countered with an 11-0 run and went ahead 29-21 with a little less than four minutes to go in the half. McDaniel stayed out front the remainder of the half and took a 35-25 lead into the break.
The Diplomats started out the second with a 13-5 run to come within two, 40-38, at 13:06, but McDaniel netted six straight to hold an eight-point lead at 11:33. F&M answered with an 11-0 run and went out front with a 49-46 lead at 6:48. A layup from Lionel Owona put F&M ahead for good at 4:49 and a bucket from Brandon Federici gave F&M a four-point cushion, 55-51, with 3:05 left to play. F&M went 5-for-6 from the stripe down the stretch to secure the win.
Federici is now just 12 points away from resetting the school record of 1,932 career points set by Georgio Milligan '12.
F&M held a slight 45-43-percent edge in shooting and had a 32-21 advantage on the boards.
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M hosts Ursinus at 7:00 p.m.