LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's basketball team (9-8, 4-6 CC) outlasted Haverford (5-12, 3-7 CC), 71-61, behind a strong second-half effort in its Centennial Conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center. Jaylen Green paced the F&M offense in the final 20 minutes as he shot 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from the field for 16 points in the second half.
Trailing 31-23 coming out of the halftime break, Josh Parra and John Seidman chipped in four quick points for the Diplomats to cut the deficit to four. Franklin & Marshall added a point on a free throw after Haverford knocked down a three-pointer to make the score 34-28 with 16:45 left in the game. F&M capped its 10-3 run with a three-pointer from Mark Suchy and another layup from Parra to force Haverford to take a timeout leading by one with 15:13 remaining on the clock.
Haverford's lead grew to five as it led 48-43 with 11:04 left in the game. Green sparked the Diplomats offense as he drew a shooting foul from beyond the three-point line and knocked down all three of his free throws to get F&M within two. Green then tied the game at 48-all after making a tough layup on the following possession.
The teams once again matched buckets as the score was tied at 55-all with 7:28 left in regulation. From that point, F&M started a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach. Vakaris Grauslys knocked down a pair of free throws, followed by a layup from Green on the next possession. Green and Suchy went on to add F&M's next five points at the charity stripe to give the Diplomats a 64-57 lead with 3:52 remaining in the contest. Grauslys and Seidman each made a layup with Omar Nichols adding a point at the free throw line to give F&M a 69-57 lead for its largest lead of the night.
In addition to leading the game in points, Green also tied for the team-lead in rebounds with seven boards coming off the bench. In his first game back from injury, Parra racked up 13 points with five rebounds in the game. Nichols tallied 11 points with two three-pointers in the win. Grauslys added 10 points and three assists for the Diplomats in the victory.
Franklin & Marshall looks to build upon the win as it hosts Ursinus Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the Mayser Center.