Diplomats Down Devils

Diplomats Down Devils

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall defeated Dickinson 64-53 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action Wednesday evening. The Diplomats improved to 9-13, 5-10 CC, and the Red Devils fell to 3-19, 3-12 CC. 

The Diplomats jumped out to an early lead with threes by Les Thomas and Justin Kupa and an Ignas Slyka bucket at 18:17 make it 8-0. Scoring slowed over the next five minutes with just four points score by Dickinson to make it 8-0, but F&M answered with a 14-0 run over the next six minutes and took an 18-point, 22-4, at 7:29. The Red Devils responded by outscoring F&M 21-8 the remainder with F&M lead by five, 30-25, at the break. 

Slyka and Kupa both netted eight in the first for the Diplomats. 

Seven points from Solomon Mathis put the Diplomats ahead by 10, 39-29, three minutes into the second and two free throws by Matt Redhead at 14:29 made 43-31. Dickinson went on a 13-3 run during the six minutes to come within two, but the Diplomats countered with eight straight for a 54-44 edge with a little less than five to play. The Red Devils came within seven down the stretch, but F&M scored the final four points of the game to secure the win. 

Solomon Mathis ended with 14 points, Justin Kupa netted 13 and Ignas Slyka finished with 13 for the Diplomats. 

F&M outshot Dickinson 45%-32%, but the Red Devils had a 36-31 edge on the glass. 

The Diplomats return to action on Sunday when F&M travels to Muhlenberg for a 3:00 p.m. game.