Milligan's 22 lift F&M past York (Pa.)
Diplomats shoot 50 percent from floor to move to second round
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Georgio Milligan scored a game-high 22 points to lead No. 9 Franklin & Marshall to a 72-50 victory against York (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday evening. The Diplomats (26-2) will face Western Connecticut, a 94-84 winner against No. 25 Christopher Newport in the Mayser Center.
The opening 10 minutes of the game was a battle as neither team took more than a four-point edge. F&M went up six points at 20-14 at 9:29 on a trey by Hayk Gyokchyan. York (18-11) quickly responded and came within 21-19 on a 3 by Mitch Kemp with 8:41 remaining in the half.
The Diplomats countered with an 18-4 run over a seven and half-minute span to blow the game wide open and take a 40-23 edge at 1:16. Matt Porter scored seven of his 14 points in the run and F&M went into break with a 41-25 lead.
York opened the second half with a 6-2 run to come within 43-31 four minutes in. The teams exchanged baskets over the next minute before Milligan stepped his game up and had a hand in every point of F&M's 7-0 run. Milligan started the run off with a trey, fed Porter for an alley-oop and finished the run with a dunk to put the Diplomats up 52-33 with 13:27 left to play.
F&M extended its lead to 56-35 at 10:41 and never trailed by more than 18 the remainder of the game. The Diplomats took its largest lead of the game 66-39 at 5:11 and cruised to the 72-50 final.
Milligan also collected nine boards and dished out six assists. Gyokchyan finished with 17 points on 7 for 9 shooting and Ed Early tallied 10. Jon Salandra grabbed a game-high 12 boards.
Paul Kouvaris led the way for York with 16 points and no other Spartan reached double-figures.
F&M held a commanding 42-31 edge on the glass and outshot the Spartans 50 percent to 36 percent.