Shoremen Capture Defensive Struggle Over Diplomats, 55-43

Bunch Notches Career-Best Four Blocks and Becker Ties Career-Best with 15 Points

LANCASTER, Pa. – Visiting Washington College outscored host Franklin & Marshall 37-22 in the second half and allowed its fewest points this season in a 55-43 win on Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game at the Mayser Center.  The Shoremen are now 7-12 overall and 5-7 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats are 7-12 and 3-9 respectively.

Washington College 55 Franklin & Marshall 43

How It Happened
- After allowing the opening two points, Franklin & Marshall scored the next 10 points to take a 10-2 lead just under four minutes into the game on a Justin Kupa layup.
- Washington answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 10-9 with 13:35 on a left corner three-pointer by Dallas Marshall.
- The Diplomats countered with nine straight points of their own to lead 19-9 with 6:59 left on a jumper by Ignas Slyka.
- Washington closed the first half on a 9-2 run to trim the lead to 21-18 at halftime with Marshall knocking down a triple from the right corner with 18 seconds left to cap the first half scoring.
- In the second half, the Shoremen came out strong scoring nine of the first 11 points to take a 27-23 lead on a Daniel Brown layup with 15:25 remaining.  The Brown lay-in capped an 18-4 run by the Shoremen spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.
- Tied at 27-27, Brown would put WC ahead for good on a layup with 13:29 to go, 29-27.  The Brown basket started a 17-3 run that culminated with a Logan Bunch conventional three-point play with 5:04 left.  Dilyn Becker put Washington ahead by double figures for the first time on a three to make it 41-30 with 5:43 left.
- The closest F&M came the rest of the way was eight points at 47-39 on a Kupa conventional three-point play with 1:07 left.

For The Shoremen (7-12, 5-7 CC)
- Becker (15 points to tie career-best and game-high), Brown (12 points), Bunch (six rebounds and career-high four blocks), Brown (personal-topping four steals)
- The Shoremen shot 51% (18-for-35) from the floor, 33% (4-for-12) from three-point range and 60% (15-for-25) from the foul line. 
- Washington outscored the Diplomats in 15-9 bench points and 7-4 transition points.
- The Shoremen overcame 23 turnovers in the win.

For Franklin & Marshall (7-12, 3-9 CC)
- Kupa (15 points to tie for tops in game and contest-topping six steals), Slyka (eight rebounds to lead all players)
- The Diplomats shot 29% (17-for-58) from the floor, 0% (0-for-17) from three-point range and 69% (9-for-13) from the free throw stripe.    
- Franklin & Marshall outscored WC 7-0 in second chance points and 28-23 in points in the paint.
- The Diplomats had 18 turnovers in the contest.

Notes
- Each team had 16 points off turnovers. 
- Prior to today, the fewest points the Shoremen allowed were 51 against McDaniel on January 15.
- Washington has won five in a row over Franklin & Marshall for the first time in program history.
- It was the third season sweep of the Diplomats as the Shoremen previously swept F&M in 2005-06 and 2018-19.

Up Next
2/6 v. Haverford – 8:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)