Diplomats Take Down Delaware Valley in New Year’s Tournament

Diplomats Take Down Delaware Valley in New Year’s Tournament

Box Score

 LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall defeated Delaware Valley 72-60 in the second game of the Sponaugle New Year's Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats will face

Rowan, an 87-79 winner over Keene State in the opening game, in tomorrow's championship game at 3:00 p.m. Keene State and Delaware Valley will play at 1:00 p.m. in the consolation game.

F&M (7-3) opened the game with an 8-3 run and led 13-9 at 12:11, before going on a 6-1 spurt for a nine-point, 19-10, edge with 9:40 left in the first. The Aggies (6-5) slowly chipped away and came within a point, 20-19, at 6:33. 

The Diplomats quickly went up five, but Delaware Valley stayed close and tied the game at 28-28, with 51 ticks on the clock. The teams traded buckets and Mike Rice finished off a Les Thomas pass with three-pointer to give F&M a 33-30 lead at the break.

Matt Redhead and J.C. McGrath paced the Diplomats in the opening frame with eight points each, and Ignas Slyka recorded four points, four rebounds and three assists in the first.

Five straight from F&M put the Diplomats up 38-30 four minutes into the second half, and a triple by Justin Kupa at 13:15 made it 45-34. After the Aggies came within seven, 45-38, F&M countered with a 9-1 run and took a 54-39 lead with a little less than 10 minutes to play.  

The Diplomats held a double-digit advantage over the next four minutes, and after Delaware Valley came within 10, the Diplomats scored six unanswered for a 16-point, 64-48, lead with five minutes left to play. F&M controlled the final minutes and stayed out front by double-figures the majority of the game.   

J.C. McGrath led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 9-of-12 from the floor. Justin Kupa and Matt Redhead both ended with 17 points, and Redhead added eight boards for the Diplomats.

F&M outshot the Aggies 51-39-percent and had a slight 36-33 edge on the glass.