Season in Review: 2019-20 F&M Men's Basketball

Season in Review: 2019-20 F&M Men's Basketball

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Franklin & Marshall finished the 2019-20 season strong, winning three of its final four games but narrowly missed a spot in the Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament. F&M ended the year with an 11-14 record, including going 7-11 in CC action.

To watch a highlight video of the 2019-20 men's basketball team, click here.

The season was the first in since 1971 that legendary coach Glenn Robinson was not on the bench for the Diplomats. Long-time assistant coach Nick Nichay took over the reins shortly before the start of the season.

The Diplomats opened the season by making it to the William Marshall Tip-Off Tournament Championship game, before dropping a hard-fought 74-66 contest to nationally-ranked Christopher Newport. A 63-53 win over Albright had F&M sitting at 2-2 in late November before the Diplomats went on a four-game skid lasting to early December.

F&M took down Dickinson 90-81 in a thrilling double-overtime win over Dickinson led by Solomon Mathis '21 with 24 points off the bench. The Diplomats continued the momentum after the holiday break with a 70-43 thrashing of St. Elizabeth in the opening game of the Sponaugle New Years Tournament but ultimately fell 77-69 to Susquehanna in the Championship game.

Two solid victories to start 2020 had F&M sitting at 6-6, but a string of injuries to key players led to the Diplomats ending the month at 7-11. A 70-58 win over McDaniel in early February gave F&M hope, and back-to-back wins over Dickinson and Muhlenberg had the Diplomats back in playoff contention.

F&M ended the season with a 77-65 Mayser Gym victory over Ursinus led by Ignas Slyka's '20 double-double of 12 points and 10 boards.

Justin Kupa '21 received All-Centennial Conference (CC) Honorable Mention recognition. He led the team and was sixth in the Centennial by averaging 14.5 points per game. His 2.5 steals per contest were second best in the Conference, and he ended the year shooting 78 percent from the line and 41 percent from the field. The junior guard scored in double-figures in 19 games, including four with 20 or more points and had a season-high 31 in a 74-72 win over Muhlenberg. 

Ignas Slyka '20, Brian Hines '21, Jaka Pandza '22, and Justin Peirce '22 were all named to the CC Winter Academic Honor Roll.  Slyka also earned a spot on the CC Sportsmanship Team.