#9 Diplomats Bounce Shoremen, 76-57, In Centennial Opener
Poarch Scores Game-Best And Career-High 22 Points
LANCASTER, PA – Host #9 Franklin & Marshall got a team-high 18 points from Matt Porter en route to a 76-57 win over visiting Washington College on Tuesday night in Centennial Conference men's basketball action at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Shoremen fall to 0-3 and 0-1 respectively.
The Diplomats scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed in the contest, capping the opening run on a Jon Salandra dunk. Franklin & Marshall would extend the lead to 27-14 with 8:55 remaining in the first half on a layup by Cedric Moune. The guests got the game to 31-25 with 3:28 to go in the first half on a jumper by sophomore guard Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's). F&M would take a 37-29 lead into the locker room.
Washington sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) found senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) for a layup to cut F&M's lead to 49-40 with 13:48 to go, but the Diplomats blew open the game with a 12-2 run to take a 61-42 lead with 8:05 remaining on a Porter three-pointer. The closest the Shoremen would get it the rest of the way 14 points on four occasions.
Along with Porter, Salandra added 11 points for the hosts who shot 52% from the floor. Moune grabbed a game-best nine rebounds, while Salandra passed out four assists to tie for tops in the game. Porter had three steals to tie for most in the contest. F&M shot 40% from three-point land (2-for-5) and 75% from the free throw line (18-for-24). The Diplomats held a 41-26 edge on the boards and a 50-30 edge in points in the paint.
Poarch scored a career-high and game-best 22 points for the Shoremen, while Flanigan scored his career-high with 15 points. McShane added 10 points for the visitors. Poarch and junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) both had a team-high six rebounds. Poarch handed out four assists to tie for tops in the game, while Flanigan had three steals to tie for high in the contest. The Shoremen shot 35% from the field (19-for-54), 22% from three-point range (2-for-9) and 77% from the foul line (17-for-22).
F&M had a 15-4 edge in second-chance points and 25-2 in bench points, while Washington had a 16-13 edge in points off of turnovers.
Washington returns to the court next Thursday night, November 29, when the Shoremen host Haverford. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.