CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Omar Nichols tied the Franklin & Marshall record with eight three-pointers in a dominant 85-66 victory over Washington College in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Tuesday evening. The Diplomats (5-7, 2-3 CC) led by 22 at halftime and ultimately coasted to victory over the Shoremen (3-8, 0-4 CC) on the road.
Nichols hit four of his triples less than six minutes into the contest, giving F&M a healthy 19-11 lead with 14:03 remaining in the half. Washington kept things close, as the Diplomat lead never ballooned to more than a dozen over the next eight minutes of play. F&M closed out the half on an 18-6 run, which included an 11-0 spurt that saw yet another three-pointer from Nichols and a gym-rattling dunk from Riiny Giir.
F&M continued to pull away in the second half behind solid play both down low and from beyond. The Diplomats saw its lead swell to 28 on a quick 6-0 spurt that saw Giir rock the rim and Jake Perry drain one from deep for a 62-34 advantage with 13:14 to play. The Shoremen narrowed the gap to 20 with 11:18 to play, but another Nichols long-range bomb a few seconds later shut down the run. Another 7-2 run by the Diplomats gave them their largest lead of the game at 76-47 with 6:44 left, as Travis Cumber sliced into the lane for two of his career-high 15. Washington cut the lead down to 19 by game end for the 85-66 final.
Omar Nichols became just the third F&M player to hit eight triples in a game, matching Brandon Federici's mark against Haverford on Jan. 30, 2016 and Tom Nicholson who accomplished the feat twice during the 1990-91 season. Nichols's .800 3-point percentage ranks fourth all-time in Diplomat history, behind two efforts from Federici (7-7 vs. Ursinus on Feb. 11, 2015 and 8-9 against Haverford on Jan. 30, 2016) and another from Jerome Maiatico (7-7 vs. Haverford on Feb. 12, 2000).
Nichols led the way with 24 points, ultimately finishing 8-11 from the field. Riiny Giir and Travis Cumber both netted new career-highs with 18 and 15, respectively. Both players also filled the stat sheet, with Giir tacking on four rebounds, an assist, three steals and two blocks, while Cumber had a game-high six assists.
F&M shot a blistering 57.4% (31-54) from the field, hitting on 11-18 from deep. The Diplomats dished the ball well, passing out 23 assists on their 31 field goals, compared to Washington's nine on 24 made buckets.
The Diplomats will look to keep the momentum going against Gettysburg on Thursday evening, with an 8:00 p.m. tipoff at the Mayser Center.