Murray-Kemp scores 13
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Franklin & Marshall opened up a 10-1 advantage before using an 18-0 run later in the first half to key a 70-46 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory over McDaniel on Saturday.
Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) paced the Green Terror (5-11, 2-7 CC) with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Matt Porter scored 15 points to lead the 13th-ranked Diplomats (16-1, 9-1), who won at the Gill Center for the first time in six seasons. Brandon Beckford and Georgio Milligan also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Bookended by a Porter 3-pointer and a Milligan conventional three-point play, Franklin & Marshall jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the game's first 4:28.
James Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) converted baskets 26 seconds apart to close the deficit to 10-5.
An Austin Alecxih layup pushed the lead to 10 for the first time before Christopher Cowles (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) responded to make it a 15-7 game with 10:41 on the clock.
With 9:55 to play, Ed Early's rebound and basket sparked a 4-minute, 52-second span in which the Diplomats scored 18 straight points to open up a 33-7 advantage.
A pair of buckets from Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) closed the deficit to 33-11 at the break, snapping a scoring drought of 7:28.
Jon Salandra snapped a 6-minute, 43-second Franklin & Marshall drought that spanned both halves and Milligan added a layup to stretch the lead to 37-11 with 16:52 to play in the second half.
A Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) layup and Merlo 3-pointer closed the deficit to 21 with 15:50 showing.
Four straight points from Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown) pulled the hosts within 45-28 with 11:00 on the clock but that's as close as McDaniel could get.
A Hayk Gyokchyan 3-pointer stretched the lead back 27 at 64-37 with 4:16 to play before the Green Terror twice closed within 20 down the stretch.
Butler finished with nine points while Merlo added seven.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Johns Hopkins on Monday. Game time is 7 p.m.