#20 Diplomats Fend Off Shoremen, 65-59

#20 Diplomats Fend Off Shoremen, 65-59

Allen Tallies First Career Double-Double of 10 Points and 10 Rebounds, Marshall Scores 13 and Has Career-Best Five Steals and Porteous Scores Team-High 17 Points

LANCASTER, Pa. – Host #20 Franklin & Marshall used a 13-4 run late in the second half to turn a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead to get by visiting Washington College, 65-59, at the Mayser Center in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon.  The Diplomats improve to 19-4 overall and 13-3 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen fall to 6-17 and 3-13 respectively.   In the loss, sophomore guard Austin Allen (Silver Spring, Md./Saint Andrew's Episcopal) notched his first all-time double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

#20 Franklin & Marshall 65 Washington College 59

How It Happened
- Washington jumped out to a 15-7 in the opening 5:24 of the first half on a Daniel Brown layup. 
- The Diplomats would respond with a 9-0 run to take a 16-15 lead with 11:07 remaining in the first on a three-pointer by Brandon Federici.
- WC would score 10 of the final 17 points of the opening 20 minutes to take a 25-23 lead into halftime.  Josh Porteous hit a driving layup down the left baseline with 2:53 remaining in the half to cap the scoring.
- After Franklin & Marshall scored the opening basket of the second to tie the game at 25-25, the Shoremen scored seven of the next nine points to take a 32-27 lead with 17:10 left on a Porteous layup.
- The hosts would score eight consecutive points to take a 35-32 lead with 14:13 remaining on a Matthew Tate lay-in.  Porteous would end that with a triple to tie the game at 35-35 with 13:58 to go.
- Tas Dixon gave the Shoremen a 41-39 lead with 7:36 on a layup before the Diplomats went on a 13-4 run to take a 52-45 lead with 4:26 remaining on a Tate jumper.  Justin Kupa put F&M ahead for good on a jumper with 7:17 remaining to give the hosts a 43-41 lead.
- Washington would cut the lead to four at 58-54 with 31 seconds following a Porteous three.  But the Shoremen would draw no closer as the Diplomats hung on for the six-point victory.

For the Shoremen (6-17, 3-13 CC)
- Austin Allen (10 points and 10 rebounds for first career double-double), Dallas Marshall (13 points and career-high five steals), Porteous (team-high 17 points), Dixon (eight boards).
- Washington shot 44% (21-for-48) from the floor, 33% (4-for-12) from beyond the arc and 59% (13-for-22) from the foul line.
- Tallied six blocked shots from six different players.
- The Shoremen scored six of the game's 10 points on the fast break.

For #20 Franklin & Marshall (19-4, 13-3 CC)
- J.C. McGrath (game-high 20 points and seven rebounds), Tate (13 points and contest-bests of eight assists and six steals), Federici (12 points).
- The Diplomats shot 39% (25-for-65) from the field, 24% (5-for-21) from three-point land and 59% (10-for-17) from the free throw stripe.
-F&M had 15 steals and forced 21 WC turnovers, while coughing it up just 14 times.
-Held a 40-38 edge on the boards.
-Outscored WC in points in the paint (40-24), second chance points (16-4), points off turnovers (21-11) and points off of turnovers (29-16).

Notes
- Allen tallied his first career double-double in the game and he also tied his career-best in boards with 10.  He had 10 rebounds at Shenandoah on December 4, 2017.
- With Allen's double-double, the team has four of them now on the season with Marshall having the other three.

Up Next
2/14 v. Johns Hopkins – 6:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Game)