LANCASTER, Pa. – Johns Hopkins defeated Franklin & Marshall 69-55 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Wednesday evening. The Blue Jays improved to 16-8, 13-4 CC, while the Diplomats dropped to 14-10, 8-9 CC.
F&M still has a shot at the CC playoffs with a win over Ursinus on Saturday and a loss by Washington, who faces Dickinson, or a loss by Muhlenberg, who faces Gettysburg, in the regular season finale
Hopkins had a 7-2 lead early in the game and led 10-5 at 13:43, before the Diplomats went on a 10-1 run and took a 15-11 lead with 9:25 left to play. The Diplomats held a 22-16 lead on a Solomon Mathis jumper with a little more than five to play in the first, but the Blue Jays closed out the half with a 13-3 run and took a 29-25 lead into the break.
The Diplomats tied the game early in the second at 32-32, but the Blue Jays answered with an 11-0 run for a 45-34 lead at 14:04. Hopkins led by 12, 50-38, at 11:39 and neither team scored over the next five minutes of action. The Blue Jay broke the draught with a three and F&M had one last surge, a 9-4 run to come within nine, 57-48, but the Blue Jays quickly went back out front double-digits and led by at least 12 the remainder of the game.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Ursinus for a 1:00 p.m. game.