F&M Falters Late Against Gettysburg, 73-65

F&M Falters Late Against Gettysburg, 73-65

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall men's basketball surrendered their lead late as the Diplomats fell to Gettysburg 73-65 on Thursday evening in Centennial Conference (CC) action. The Diplomats (5-8, 2-4 CC) held the lead for nearly 29 minutes of play, but a quick 10-0 outburst late in the second half all but sealed it for the Bullets (8-4, 4-2 CC).

High intensity defense paved the way for a quick 6-0 spurt midway through the first half, punctuated by a Travis Cumber swipe sparking a fast break dunk by Riiny Giir for a 15-8 edge with 11:05 left. That continued intensity lifted the Diplomats to another 9-2 run, which pushed their lead to a dozen (24-12) with 8:16 remaining. Gettysburg used the next few minutes to slice the lead to five, but F&M did well to keep the Bullets at arms length behind a pair of timely Josh Parra swats and a steal.

F&M opened the second half in electric fashion, as Parra and Giir slammed home a pair of dunks to start. But Gettysburg battled back with a 10-2 run to snag a 46-45 lead with 10:27 remaining - the first lead for the Bullets since they led 4-2. The teams see-sawed back and forth exchanging the lead and combining for seven ties over the next seven minutes, with the final stalemate seeing them knotted at 59-59 with 3:48 left.
 
After the Bullets got three points the hard way on an and-one to lead 62-61, Josh Parra and Travis Cumber combined for a Parra layup, followed by a Cumber steal and dish to Parra for the finish to give F&M a 63-62 lead with 2:54 remaining.
 
Gettysburg took a timeout, and changed the complexion of the remainder of the game. A late 10-0 run sealed the eight-point advantage with 26 seconds remaining.
 
Overall, three Diplomats scored in double figures - John Seidman with 16, and Josh Parra and Riiny Giir both with 14. Parra had a team-high six rebounds to pair with four blocks. Travis Cumber swiped a career-high five steals in the contest.
 
F&M shot 41.1% from the field (23-56) and again struggled to connect from the charity stripe - shooting 15-28 from the line. Both sides struggled with fouls and turnovers, as F&M finished with 19 turnovers and 26 personal fouls, while Gettysburg finished with 27 turnovers and 25 fouls. The Bullets connected on 28 of their 36 freebies to offset only shotting 1-10 from beyond the arc.
 
The Diplomats were outrebounded 42-26 in the contest, but limited the Bullets to just six second-chance points on 11 offensive boards.
 
 
F&M's next task at hand will be a CC visit to McDaniel's arena this Saturday at 4:00 p.m.