Haverford surprises F&M men and women
Haverford handed Franklin & Marshall a 52-42 defeat in Centennial Conference men's basketball action Saturday afternoon.
The Diplomats fell to 9-3 CC, 14-5 overall while the Fords improved to 4-8, 6-11 with their first win over F&M since 2008.
Haverford took an early 8-4 lead eight minutes into the game before F&M went up 10-8 at 10:15 on a Jon Salandra jumper. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the remainder of the half and the Fords finished the stanza with five unanswered points to go into the break up 21-16.
The Fords extended their lead to 27-20 at 16:10 in the second half, but F&M answered with a 9-4 run to come within two at 31-29, but the Fords quickly answered and went up 38-31 with 9:28 remaining in the contest.
F&M outscored Haverford 11-2 over the next five minutes to take a 42-41 lead at the four-minute mark. But the lead was short lived as the Fords retook the lead and hit key free throws down the stretch to come away with the victory.
Hayk Gyokchyan paced F&M with 13 points and Salandra finished with 10 on 4-for-7 shooting. Morgan Lee chipped in nine points and Brandon Beckford pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Cam Baker led Haverford with a game-high 19 points and Bret Cohen ended with 10. F&M returns to action Thursday when it hosts Ursinus at 7 p.m.
Haverford 50, F&M 33: Franklin & Marshall could not overcome a 17-0 first-half run from Haverford. The loss dropped the Diplomats' record to 4-10 in the Centennial Conference, 7-12 overall, while Haverford improved to 8-5, 11-6.
F&M kept the score close in the opening minutes of the contest and trailed the Fords by four at 10-6 with 14:04 remaining in the first.
From there, the Diplomats were held scoreless for nearly eight minutes as Haverford put the game out of reach with a 17-0 run to pull ahead, 27-6.
The Fords' lead remained idle through the final seven minutes of the half; however F&M was unable to close the gap before intermission and entered the break down by 20 at 33-13.
Haverford pushed the Diplomats' deficit to 23, the largest of the game, at the 15:42 mark of the second when Jacquelyne Pizzuto drained a 3-pointer to make the score 40-17.
The lead was cut to 17 at 46-29 with 6:07 remaining when Alexa Barbush drove the lane for the lay-up, but F&M was unable to bring the score any closer en route to the 17-point setback.
The Diplomats committed 20 turnovers on the afternoon which led to 24 points from the Fords. F&M shot 30 percent from the field, while holding Haverford to 36 percent shooting.
Kristina McCarthy led the Diplomats with her sixth double-double of the season, recording 13 points and 13 rebounds. Barbush scored 12 points, pulled down three boards and dished out two assists during the contest.
Rachel Baskin paced the Fords with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and hauled in seven rebounds on the afternoon.
F&M returns to the court on Tuesday to face off against Washington in CC action. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.n