LANCASTER, Pa. – Bo Williams scored a career-high 20 points to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 62-59 victory over Neumann in men's basketball action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats improved to 5-6, while the Knight fell to 6-7.
Neumann took an early 11-4 lead four minutes into the contest before the Diplomats came within five, 13-8, with 12:40 on the clock. The Knights went ahead nine with back-to-back scores for a 19-10 advantage and the Diplomats countered with 15-6 run over a nine-minute span and tied the game at 25-25 with back-to-back triples from Williams. Neumann netted the last points of the half to take a slight 27-25 edge into the break.
Brian Hines and Williams both chipped in six points to lead the Diplomats in the opening frame.
F&M opened the second with a 10-4 run and took a four-point, 35-31, lead five minutes into the half. The Knights countered with a 14-2 spurt over the next five minutes and went ahead eight, 45-37, with 9:45 on the clock. Eight points by Williams over the next seven minutes had F&M outscoring the Knight 13-8 and brought the Diplomats within three, 53-50, at 3:23.
The Knights went up five, 55-50, on their next possession, but the Diplomats responded with a 9-1 spurt over two minutes and went ahead three, 59-56, with a little more than a minute left to play. Neumann tied the game at 59-59 with just 18 ticks on the clock and Williams was fouled shooting a three with 1.1 on the clock sending him to the line. The junior hit all three shots to secure the 62-59 win for the Diplomats.
Bo Williams hit 5-of-9 from behind the arc and netted 3-of-3 from the stripe for his career-high 20 points. Brian Hines was 6-of-9 from the floor and ended with 14 points and Ignas Slyka pulled down nine boards to go along with eight points. Mike Rice ended with seven assists and seven points for the Diplomats.
The Knights outshot F&M 52%-35%, but the Diplomats held a 34-29 edge on the glass, and hit 13-of-15 from the line.
The Diplomats resume Centennial Conference action on Thursday when F&M hosts McDaniel at 8:00 p.m.