LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall built a 40-21 halftime lead en route to a 71-58 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball victory over McDaniel on Saturday.
Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) led the Green Terror (10-7, 4-6 CC) with 15 points and six rebounds. Nic Martin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) added 10 points and six rebounds in his first start.
Matt Porter paced the Diplomats (14-3, 9-1 CC) with 20 points.
Four points from Brandon Beckford and four from Porter staked Franklin & Marshall to an 8-0 lead in the game's first 2:34 before a Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) steal-and-layup got McDaniel on the scoreboard with 16:50 to play.
Back-to-back buckets from Morgan Lee, who finished with 14 points off the bench, stretched the lead to 16-4 with 13:02 showing in the first half and the lead never dipped below 10 the rest of the way.
A Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) 3-pointer made it a 33-19 game with 2:24 remaining in the opening half but seven straight Diplomat points extended the lead to 21 before Martin hit a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds of the half.
Layups from Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) and Martin in the first 51 seconds of the second half trimmed the deficit to 40-25 but a Porter three-point play extended the lead back to 18 just 16 seconds later.
A Lee jumper with 10:18 to play stretched the lead to as many as 23 at 53-30 before the Green Terror put together a 15-6 burst. Four straight free throws from Rudd – part of his 10-for-11 day from the stripe – capped the 4-mintue, 21-second stretch.
Franklin & Marshall pushed the lead back out to 67-47 before Rudd being fouled on a 3-point attempt and sinking all three free throws sparked an 11-2 burst, closing the margin to 11 before two Cedric Mourne free throws set the final margin with seven seconds left.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.