Hopkins Defeats Diplomats

Hopkins Defeats Diplomats

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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. 

Solomon Mathis led the Diplomats with 18 points while Justin Kupa and J.C. McGrath both netted nine with McGrath coming away with nine boards. 

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M travels to Ursinus for a 1:00 p.m. game.