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Diplomats Top Shoremen, 85-66

Diplomats Top Shoremen, 85-66

Becker Scores 19 to Lead Shoremen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Franklin & Marshall raced out to a 50-28 halftime lead on its way to an 85-66 victory over host Washington College on Tuesday evening in Centennial Conference men's basketball action on Finnegan Court at Penny J. Fall Gymnasium.  The Diplomats improve to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen drop to 3-8 and 0-4 respectively.

Franklin & Marshall 85 Washington College 66

How It Happened
- Dilyn Becker canned a jumper 1:15 into the game to give Washington its lone lead of the game at 3-2.
- Riiny Giir answered with a dunk to put the visiting Diplomats ahead for good, 4-3, with 17:50 to go in the first half. 
- Leading 32-22 with 9:23 left in the first half following two free throws by the Shoremen's Precieux Tshibangu, F&M would close out the first half on an 18-6 run to take a 50-28 lead into halftime.  Sebastien Charles closed the scoring in the opening stanza on a lay-in with 10 ticks left.
- In the second half, Franklin & Marshall would lead by as many as 29, 76-47, with 6:44 to go on a Travis Cumber layup before Washington closed the game on a 19-9 run.

For The Shoremen (3-8, 0-4 CC)
- Becker (19 points, three steals and three assists), Tshibangu (eight rebounds and three blocks)
- The Shoremen shot 41% (24-for-59) from the floor, 46% (5-for-21) from three-point range, a season-best, and a season-best 72% (13-for-18) from the foul line. 
- Washington outscored F&M in bench points, 28-15.
- The Shoremen had 15 turnovers, leading to 19 F&M points.

For Franklin & Marshall (5-7, 2-3 CC)
- Omar Nichols (game-best 24 points), Giir (18 points, three steals and two blocks), Cumber (15 points and game-high six assists), Josh Parra (eight rebounds and two blocks)   
- The Diplomats shot 57% (31-for-54) from the floor, 52% (12-for-23) from three-point range and 61% (11-for-18) from the free throw stripe.    
- F&M outscored WC in transition points, 11-4, and points in the paint, 36-34.
- The Diplomats had 14 turnovers in the contest, contributing to 19 Shoremen points.

Notes
- Becker was named Goose Nation TV Shoreman Player of the Game. 
- Each team netted seven second chance points in the contest.

Quote From Coach Goodman
"We played a much more competitive and sound second half. Having not played a game in over a month and missing a significant amount of experience due to Covid protocols was challenging. However, I was proud of our effort in new and different roles. We continue to grow each day in practice and that will help us as we head into the rest of conference play."

Up Next
1/13 @ #16 Swarthmore – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Game)