LANCASTER, Pa. — Matthew Tate scored a career-high 35 points and Brandon Federici reset the Franklin & Marshall all-time scoring record to lead No. 23 F&M to an 80-77 victory over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Wednesday evening. The Diplomats improved to 17-3, 11-2 CC while the Bears dropped to 13-7, 9-4 CC.
Federici ended with 14 points — bringing his career total to 1,935 — which breaks the F&M all-time scoring record held by Georgio Milligan '12. Milligan set the record in 2012 with 1,932 points. Federici is now just 39 points shy of resetting the Centennial Conference mark.
Ursinus went ahead early, 4-0, two minutes into the game and F&M countered by outscoring the Bears 18-7 over the next five minutes to go out front 18-11. The Bears responded with a 13-2 run and retook the lead, 24-20, before two free throws from Matthew Tate tied the game at 24-24 with 7:51 left in the half. The game was tied at 28-28 a few minutes later, and F&M went on top 31-28, with a little more than five minutes left. Ursinus came within a point, 33-32, at 2:43, but F&M closed out the half by outscoring Ursinus 9-4 and took a 42-36 lead into the break.
Matthew Tate netted a career-high 25 points in the first half alone, hitting 7-for-10 from the floor.
F&M outscored Ursinus 8-3 to open the half and take a 50-39 lead, before the Bears chipped away and came within two, 50-48, with 14:52 left to play. F&M answered with a 14-4 run over five minutes and went ahead 12, 64-52, with a little less than 10 minutes to play. The Bears came within five, 66-61, but F&M countered with a 6-1 spurt and took a 10-point lead, 72-62, at 3:46. Ursinus made it a three-point game at 1:18, but the Diplomats hit 3-for-4 from the line down the stretch and Tate came up with a steal and bucket for the final point to secure the win.
Tate shot 9-for-15 for his career-high of 35 points and ended with five steals. Federici had 14 and J.C. McGrath chipped in 13 with eight boards. Justin Kupa netted a career-high 11, Lionel Owona had 10 boards and Ignas Slyka finished with seven steals.
F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host Muhlenberg at 3:00 p.m.