COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Nationally-ranked Franklin & Marshall
got a game-high 20 points from junior forward James McNally as the
15th-ranked Diplomats (17-3, 11-2 Centennial) handed
Ursinus (13-7, 9-4 Centennial) a 70-62 loss Wednesday night in
men's basketball play.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Bears, while the
Diplomats moved two games up on Ursinus for the top spot in the
league with five games remaining.
Senior guard Anthony Brooks had 19 points, while sophomore guard
Georgian Milligan added in 15 points for the Diplomats.
For Ursinus, senior guard Remy Cousart (Philadelphia,
Pa./Holy Ghost) had a team-high 16 points while junior
guard Matt Hilton (Lewistown, Pa./Lewistown Area)
added in 13. Freshman forward Jon Ward (Allentown,
Pa./Parkland) scored 12 and grabbed a game-best eight
rebounds in the loss.
F&M took advantage of 21 Ursinus turnovers, piling up 14 steals
and 24 points off of turnovers.
F&M darted out to a 10-2 lead with 15:49 to go in the first on
a jumper by McNally. Ursinus would rally to within two at 10-8 at
14:45 on a three-pointer by senior guard Kevin McGarvey
(Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Penn Charter).
The closest Ursinus came to tying the score came with 10:57 left in
the first as Hilton made a layup to make the score 13-12 in favor
of the Diplomats.
Trailing 17-15, Ursinus saw F&M out score them 8-0 to go up ten
at 25-15 on a dunk by Brooks. Ursinus would get to within six at
29-23 at intermission.
In the second half, Ursinus made a late charge but would only get
as close at three points with four minutes to go on a three-pointer
Ursinus trailed 66-62 with 30 seconds left on a three-pointer by
Hilton, but, Brooks made four foul shots down the stretch for the
Ursinus had a slim 34-33 lead on the glass, and will go to
Gettysburg on Saturday.