LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 24 Franklin & Marshall survived a late Dickinson surge to defeat the Red Devils 64-57 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball Wednesday evening at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats improved to 20-4, 14-3 CC while the Red Devils fell to 14-10, 10-7. The 20 wins mark the 28th time in Glenn Robinson's career the Diplomats have amassed 20 or more wins. The victory is the 950th in Coach Robinson's 47-year career.
It was a low scoring affair in the first half as both teams struggled to hold onto the ball with 21 turnovers in the opening frame. F&M led the entire half and took a 10-2 lead four minutes into the game, but the Red Devils answered and came within a point, 12-11, at 11:48.
The Diplomats countered with a 7-1 run for a 19-12 lead before Dickinson came within five, 19-14, at 5:04. The Diplomats responded with a 9-0 spurt and took a double-digit, 28-14, lead at 3:24 and went into the break leading 32-14.
F&M led 36-24 at 15:44 and slowly increased their lead to 21 points, 57-36, with 6:48 left to play. Dickinson hit another gear and went on a 21-2 run over the next five minutes to come within two, 59-57, at 1:39. Brandon Federici hit a triple to put F&M up five and two possessions Matt Groll scored on a fast-break layup to secure the win.
Matthew Tate finished with a game-high 27 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Ignas Slyka netted 13 while McGrath ended with seven. Federici was held to just three points and is now four points shy of 2,000.
F&M takes on Swarthmore on Saturday and a victory over the Garnet would secure the top seed in next weekend's playoffs for the Diplomats.