Franklin & Marshall tops Ursinus
Milligan pours in 19 points, seven assists for Diplomats
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. -- No. 8 Franklin & Marshall used a 14-0 run to erase an eight-point deficit in a 63-54 victory against Ursinus. The Diplomats improved to 19-1, 12-1 CC play while the Bears fell to 7-13, 6-7 CC.
Trailing 39-31, almost four minutes into the second half, F&M strung together the game-changing run that spanned over five minutes. Five players scored in the run with Georgio Milligan hitting two from the stripe to start it and Matt Porter's connection on a jumper at 9:14 put F&M up 45-39.
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F&M extended its lead to 10, 53-43 with 6:23 remaining courtesy of two Morgan Lee jumpers and a Milligan bucket. Pat Vasturia hit a trey to bring the Bears within seven, but that was as close as they would get as F&M matched each bucket down the stretch to come away with the victory.
The Diplomats jumped out to an early 10-2 lead five minutes into the contest before the Bears came battling back. Ursinus used a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to come within two, 14-12 at 11:48. F&M countered with five unanswered points to go up seven, but Ursinus would not back down.
The Bears rattled off eight consecutive points to take their first lead of the game, 20-19 with 6:33 remaining in the opening half. Five ties and five lead changes ensued over the final six minutes of the half with Ursinus taking 34-31 lead into the break.
The Bears scored four in a row during the first four minutes of the second half to go up 39-31, setting up F&M's run.
Milligan scored a game-high 19 points and dished out seven assists. Milligan has 1,706 career points and is 91 points shy of overtaking James McNally as Franklin & Marshalls all-time scoring leader.
Jon Salandra added 17 points and seven boards while Lee finished with eight. Ed Early and Hayk Gyokchyan both tallied six points.
Jon Ward scored a team-high 17 points for Ursinus and Vasturia finished with 11.