BALTIMORE – No. 20 Franklin & Marshall dropped a hard-fought battle to Johns Hopkins 89-86 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Wednesday evening. F&M dropped to 18-4, 12-3 CC while the Blue Jays improved to 18-4, 12-3 CC.
Brandon Federici netted a team-high 25 points to bring his career total to 1,981 which reset the Centennial Conference All-Time Scoring mark. The record was previously set in 2008 by Nick Shattuck with 1,973 points from Ursinus
F&M took control early and had an 11-3 lead six minutes into the game. Two free throws from Federici made it 19-6 and with four minutes left the Diplomats held a 31-16 advantage. The Diplomats continued to maintain a double-digit lead the remainder of the half and went into the break with a 37-23 lead.
The Blue Jays started out the second strong with a 9-0 run to make it a five-point game at 16:34. F&M netted four straight to go out front 41-32 and increased their lead to 46-36 at 13:33. Hopkins answered and slowly chipped with an 11-2 run over the next six minutes to come within a point, 48-47, at 8:15.
F&M countered with six straight and held a 62-53 lead with little more than three minutes to play. The Blue Jays scored nine unanswered and tied the game at 62-62 at 1:26 and the teams exchanged buckets down the stretch to send the game in overtime.
F&M took a 70-67 lead two minutes into overtime on a Lionel Owona layup and a free throw from Owona a minute later made it 71-67. Hopkins outscored F&M 6-2 over the next minute and tied the game at 73-73. Free throws from Matthew Tate and Owona put F&M out front 76-73 with 16 ticks on the clock but the Blue Jays hit a triple with just seven seconds on the clock to send the game into the second overtime.
The Diplomats went up 80-76 to start out the final frame and the Blue Jays matched to tie the game at 80-80 with a little less than three minutes to play. Hopkins took an 83-82 lead at 1:10 and held off a late surge from Diplomats with clutch shooting from the foul line to secure the win.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Washington at 3:00 p.m.