LANCASTER, Pa. – A late second-half surge helped to propel Franklin & Marshall over Gettysburg in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Wednesday evening. The Diplomats improved to 12-8, 6-7 CC while the Bullets dropped to 4-16, 3-10 CC.
The Diplomats went out front with a 6-2 lead four minutes into the game. The Bullets answered by outscoring the Diplomats 27-9 over the next 10 minutes for a 14-point lead, 29-15, at 6:49. F&M countered and closed out the half with a 9-3 spurt to come within eight, 32-24, at the break.
Gettysburg had a 38-24 lead four minutes into the second half before the Diplomats went on a 12-4 run to come within four, 42-38, midway through the second. Gettysburg went back up eight, 48-40, and F&M countered with a 14-6 run and tied the game at 54-54 with 90 seconds left to play.
A J.C. McGrath jumper gave F&M the lead with 18 ticks on the clock and after Gettysburg came up empty on their next possession, Solomon Mathis drained two from the line with 2.8 seconds left to secure the win.
J.C. McGrath shot 5-for-8 from the floor for a game-high 17 points and picked up a double-double with 13 boards. Matt Redhead ended with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Justin Kupa had eight and Solomon Mathis ended with seven.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Washington for a 3:00 p.m. game.