Diplomats Take Down Alvernia in Tip-Off Opener

Diplomats Take Down Alvernia in Tip-Off Opener


Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's strong second-half surge propelled the Diplomats to a 63-50 win over Alvernia in the second game of the William Marshall Tip Off Tournament. The Diplomats improved to 2-0 and will face HobarTip-Offmorrow's championship game at 7:30 p.m. The Golden Wolves dropped to 2-1 and will face Stevens in the consolation game at 5:30 p.m. 

Hobart defeated Stevens 68-65 in a hard-fought game in the opening contest. 

After a slow start with the game tied at 6-6, F&M went on a 6-3 spurt and went ahead 12-9 with 11:02 left in the first. The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes for a 17-17 score, before the Golden Wolves netted four straight to take a 21-17 edge. F&M countered with four of their own and tied the game at 21-21 and after two points from Alvernia, J.C. McGrath finished off a pass from Watida Mukukula as time expired to send the game into the break tied at 23-23. 

Ignas Slyka had six points and four steals in the opening half and J.C. McGrath had four points and five rebounds. 

The Diplomats opened the second with a 9-0 spurt and took the lead for good. Alvernia came within five, 37-32, at 12:18 and the Diplomats countered with a 12-4 run and went ahead 13 points, 49-36, with 7:21 left to play. Alvernia came within seven down the stretch, but the Diplomats quickly maintained a double-digit lead the last 2:33 of action. 

Ignas Slyka shot 6-for-14 from the floor for a game-high 18 points and four steals. Matt Redhead was 7-for-11 with 15 points and six boards while Watida Mukukula and J.C. McGrath ended with eight points each. McGrath added 12 rebounds.