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Colbert establishes career high with 17 points

Che Colbert (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Che Colbert (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Franklin & Marshall (6-6, 2-3 CC) 63, McDaniel (4-8, 0-5 CC) 50
What: Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball game
When:
Thursday, Jan. 9
Where: Lancaster, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
Franklin & Marshall went on a 23-3 run that spanned both halves to turn a four-point edge late in the first half into a 24-point lead five minutes into the second half en route to a 63-50 win over McDaniel.

THE LEADERS
Che Colbert (Glen Burnie, Md./Broadneck) led the Green Terror with a career-high 17 points.

FOR THE FOES
• Justin Kupa led the Diplomats with 21 points.
• Ignas Slyka added 13 points.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• After a back-and-forth start to the game, Justin Kupa drained a 3-pointer with 16:00 showing in the first half for a 7-6 edge that started a 7-0 run over the next 4:31. Trailing 15-10 with 8:39 remaining, Mike Wallace and Josh Arruda (Morrisville, Pa./Pennsbury) each hit 3-pointers to put McDaniel back in front 16-15 a minute later. Franklin & Marshall pushed the lead back out to seven before a Caleb Johnson (Triangle, Va./Gar-Field) converted a three-point play to trim the deficit to 25-21 with 3:40 on the clock. The Diplomats, however, hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 2:47 to stretch the advantage to 30-21 at the break.
• Ignas Slyka hit a layup to open the second half before Wallace drained a 3-pointer with 19:04 on the clock. Kupa, however, responded with a triple of his own to spark a 16-0 run. A Caleb Johnson free throw with 14:43 showing halted the scoreless run before a Dragan Hornatko (Baltimore, Md./Glenelg Country Day School) layup snapped a 5-minute, 20-second stretch without a field goal. After a Bo Williams 3-pointer, Che Colbert converted a three-point play with 11:44 on the clock to spark a 13-3 run, closing the margin to 54-40 with 6:00 to play. Colbert had seven of his points during that stretch. The margin remained between 13 and 17 points the rest of the way.  

THE INSIDE STORY
Che Colbert netted his second double-digit scoring performance of the season.
Caleb Johnson also reached double figures for the Green Terror with 11 points.
Josh Arruda finished with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at home against Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.