Shoremen Top Diplomats, 74-69, For First Season Sweep in 13 Years

Shoremen Top Diplomats, 74-69, For First Season Sweep in 13 Years

Marshall Ties Career-Best in Points with 21

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College completed its first season sweep of visiting Franklin & Marshall since the 2005-06 campaign in a 74-69 triumph on Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game at the Cain Athletic Center.  The Shoremen improve to 10-11 overall and 6-8 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats drop to 12-9 and 6-8 respectively.

Washington College 74 Franklin & Marshall 69

How It Happened
- Washington jumped out to a 10-4 lead 4:36 into the game on a layup by Austin Allen
- Franklin & Marshall would answer with an 11-3 run to grab a 15-13 lead on Solomon Mathis lay-in with 12:24 to go in the first half.
- Tied at 34-34 following a jumper by Mathis with 1:23 remaining in the first half, the Shoremen scored the final four points of the half to take a 38-34 lead into halftime following a Barry McCormick jumper with 10 ticks left.  Dallas Marshall put WC ahead for the rest of the game at 36-34 on a layup with exactly 60 seconds to go in the opening stanza.
- Washington opened the second half on a 9-4 run to take its biggest lead of the game of nine at 47-38 with 16:54 left on a Marshall layup.
- The Shoremen led by nine with 13:04 to go, 53-44, on a tip-in by Marshall, before F&M went on an 11-5 run to trim the lead to 58-55 with 7:17 remaining on a J.C. McGrath lay-in.
- After the Shoremen restored the lead back to seven at 62-55 on a Tray Wright layup, the Diplomats would score 12 of the next 19 points to cut the hosts' lead to 69-67 with 46 ticks remaining on a Justin Kupa basket.
- Marshall would answer with a jumper of his own with 20 seconds left to make it 71-67 for WC before Mathis countered with a lay-in with 12.2 left to reduce the lead to 71-69.
- The Diplomats fouled Cole Storm with nine seconds left and he made just one to give Washington a three-point edge at 72-69.  Kupa got a look for a game-tying three with four seconds left from the top of the arc, but his shot hit the heel of the rim and Austin Allen grabbed the rebound with sixth-tenths of a second to go.  Allen canned both to seal the win.

For The Shoremen (10-11, 6-8 CC)
- Marshall (21 points to tie for game-best and tie his career-high), Daniel Brown (career-bests of 12 points and three blocks), Logan Bunch (eight rebounds), Josh Porteous (two steals)   
- The Shoremen shot 42% (24-for-57) from the floor, 33% (3-for-9) from three-point range and 89% (23-for-26) from the foul line. 
- Washington outscored the Diplomats in second chance points (15-10), points in the paint (34-22), fast-break points (4-0) and points off turnovers (19-0), while holding a 36-33 advantage of the glass.
- The Shoremen had 12 turnovers.

For Franklin & Marshall (12-9, 6-8 CC)
- Kupa (21 points to tie for game-best), Mathis (20 points), McGrath (10 points, two blocks and two steals), Matt Redhead (six boards)
- The Diplomats shot 38% (21-for-55) from the floor, 17% (2-for-12) from three-point range and 89% (25-for-28) from the free throw stripe.    
- Franklin & Marshall outscored WC 24-22 in bench points.
- The Diplomats had 14 turnovers in the contest.

- Marshall was named the Chestertown McDonald's Shoremen Player of the Game on the Goose Nation TV webcast of the game.  It was his third career game with 21 points and second in 12 days as he had 21 in a win over Muhlenberg on January 22.
- Washington notched just its second season sweep of F&M, the other coming 13 years ago in the 2005-06 season.
- The Shoremen notched double digit wins for the first time since 2011-12 when they went 14-13.
- It was WC's first home win over F&M since an 81-80 overtime win on February 7, 2015 when the Diplomats were ranked 16th in the country.

Up Next
2/6 @ Ursinus – 7:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)