LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall suffered its second last-second defeat this week in a 62-60 setback to Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats fell 9-6, 3-5 CC, while the Bears improved to 8-7, 5-3 CC.
F&M control the game early and jumped out to a 12-0 lead six minutes into game. Ursinus battled back with a 19-4 run over the next six minutes and went ahead 19-16 with 8:06 left in the first. The Diplomats countered with a Matt Redhead led 15-2 run for a 10-point, 31-21, lead at the five-minute mark. Redhead had six points in the run. The Bears came within five late in the half, before the Diplomats took a 35-28 lead into the break.
Redhead shot 5-of-6, hitting 4-for-4 from the stripe for 14 points in the opening frame.
The Bears came out the break strong with a 22-7 run over the opening 10 minutes of the second and took an eight-point, 50-42, lead. The Diplomats countered with a 13-2 run, led by Mike Rice with eight points, for a 55-52 lead at 6:50.
Neither team scored during the next four minutes and Ursinus erased a six-point F&M lead with 2:42 left with an 8-2 run to tie the game at 60-60 with 26 seconds on the clock. The Bears forced a turnover on the ensuing possession and were able to hit two the stripe with two seconds left to secure the win.
Ursinus outshot F&M 49-39 percent, while the Diplomats owned the glass with a 36-26 advantage.
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M travels to McDaniel for an 8:00 p.m. game.