Gettysburg Defeats Diplomats

Gettysburg Defeats Diplomats

Box Score 

LANCASTER, Pa. – Gettysburg defeated Franklin & Marshall 67-63 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday evening in the Mayser Center. The Diplomats dropped to 7-11, 3-8 CC, while the Bullets improved to 11-7, 5-6 CC. 

Justin Kupa scored five points in the opening two minutes to give F&M an early 8-4 lead. Gettysburg answered with a 14-5 run to go ahead five, 18-13, with 13:06 on the clock. The Bullets held a 21-16 edge at 12:20 before Brian Hines netted six points to lead F&M on a 15-2 run over the next six minutes to put the Diplomats out front 31-23, at 6:11. 

An Ignas Slyka bucket put the Diplomats up nine, 36-27 with 4:10 left in the half, but the Bullets closed out the first with a 7-3 spurt to make it 39-34 at the break. 

Kupa netted nine in the opening frame to lead F&M and Hines recorded seven for the Diplomats. 

Gettysburg continued their momentum in the second with a 13-6 run during the first six minutes of the second half and took a 47-45 lead at 14:09. A Kupa triple at 12:09 put the Diplomats up a point, but Gettysburg went on a 9-3 run to take the lead for good. 

Another 9-3 spurt by the Bullets increased their to lead to 56-51 before a triple by Kupa brought F&M within a bucket, 58-56, at 6:17. That was as close as the Diplomats would get with the Bullets countering all three times the Diplomats came within three points down the stretch to secure the win. 

Justin Kupa shot 6-for-13 to end with 19 points and five boards. Brian Hines had 15 points to go along with seven rebounds while Les Thomas and Mike Rice both ended with eight. 

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats welcome Washington to Mayser for a 3:00 p.m. game.