Garnet Upend Diplomats

Garnet Upend Diplomats

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. -- No. 17 Swarthmore pulled away with a narrow 75-68 victory over Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center. The Garnet improved to 16-3, 9-3 CC, while the Diplomats fell to 11-8, 5-7 CC.

The game was highly contested in the opening half with both teams exchanging leads in first five minutes of action. Swarthmore went ahead five, 12-7, at 13:39 and held a 16-11 advantage at 11:39. Solomon Mathis led F&M on a 14-4 run over the next five minutes with eight points of his own to give F&M a 25-20 lead at 6:41. The Garnet stayed close and went up by one in the last minute of action, but Matt Redhead's jumper with 30 seconds left gave F&M a 32-31 edge at the break.

Solomon Mathis led the way in the first with 10 points and J.C. McGrath netted eight to go along with five boards while Matt Redhead netted six in the opening stanza.

Back-to-back 5-0 runs by both teams gave F&M a 41-36 lead three minutes into the second, before the Garnet went on a 15-5 run over the next seven minutes for a 51-46 lead with 9:21 left to play. F&M came within three, 53-50, a minutes later, but Swarthmore put together a 12-5 spurt for a 10-point lead, 65-55, with a little more than four minutes remaining.

The Diplomats answered with an 11-2 run, with seven points from Kupa, to come within one, 67-66, at 1:28. Two free throws from Mathis made it a three-point game, 71-68 inside 30 seconds, but the Garnet went 4-for-4 line in final seconds to secure the win.

Matt Redhead, J.C. McGrath, and Justin Kupa all score 15 points for F&M and Solomon Mathis ended with 14.

Swarthmore owned both shooting percentage (49%-42%) and rebounds at 29-28.

F&M returns to action on Wednesday when the Diplomats host Gettysburg at 7:00 p.m.