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