Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Eighth-ranked and undefeated Franklin & Marshall College grabbed a late second half lead and held off the Lions down the stretch on Tuesday evening, posting a 66-63 win in the first game for both teams at the Don Lane Classic held at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. The Mount, 5-4 on the season, resumes action at the Classic on Dec. 19 when they take on 13-th ranked College of Wooster.
The Lions scored the first points in the game, but found themselves down by eight points, 13-5, just 11:21 into the game. David Mann (Fairfield, OH/Cincinnati Christian) led a late first half charge, connecting on a shot with 4:16 left in the opening half, to cut the Lions' deficit to 26-19. Mann made another basket with 2:17 to play in the first half to give the Mount a 27-26 lead before the Diplomats hit two free throws with 1:04 left to take a 28-27 lead in the first half. The Mount hit 10-of-21 shots in the first half, to Franklin & Marshall's 12-of-28 shooting from the field. The Lions made four, three-point shots while the Diplomats connected on only one shot from behind the three-point arc. Franklin & Marshall won the battle of the boards in the first half, 18-13. Andy Countryman (Peebles, OH/Peebles) and Mann led the Mount with 11 points each in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Diplomats utilized a strong inside game again early in the second half, rolling out to a seven-point lead at one point, only to see the Mount carve into their advantage and re-take the lead, 41-40, after a three-point basket by Joel Scudder (Greendale, IN/South Dearborn), with 11:04 on the second half clock. The game's lead would bounce back-and-forth over the next few minutes until Mann tied the game, on a three-pointer, at 50-all with 5:37 to play. Franklin & Marshall then went on an 11-0 run over the next 3:11, thanks to three, three-pointers,while the Lions went zero-for-three shooting, and held a 61-50 lead with just under 2:30 remaining. The closest the Lions would get the rest of the way was the final margin of three points, when Mann hit his seventh, three-point shot in the game with one second to play.
Mann had a game-high and career-high 31 points, making 12-of-15 shots from the field, including seven-of-eight from long range. Countryman chipped in 16 points while Jacob Daniels (Peebles, OH/Peebles) added a game-high ten rebounds. Both teams shot 48 percent from the field, although the Lions were out-shot in the second half, 54 to 48 percent by the Diplomats. Franklin & Marshall held a 36-25 rebounding edge. The Mount made five-of-14 from the free throw line, to their opponents' six-of-11 from the charity stripe.