HC Men’s basketball drops to F&M
By biconews On 15 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Mike Newshel

The Haverford men’s basketball team fell 70-52 to Franklin & Marshall in their last home game of the season Saturday.

The Fords faced a tough opponent in the Diplomats, who own the conference’s best record (17-5, 9-2) and are also the top scoring offense in the conference. The Fords 2-3 zone defense did a good job of keeping the Dips out of the lane, but F& M’s outside shooting sustained them. The Fords couldn’t handle senior guard Jerome Maiatico, who came off the bench and shot a flawless 8 for 8 (7 of which were three-pointers) to score a game-high 23 points.

Saturday was Senior Appreciation Day, and a pre-game ceremony honored seniors Mukul Kanabar, Jon Alschuler, Mark Maggiotto, Tim Mulvaney and Gavin McCarthy, as well as their families. The seniors formed the starting line-up minus newly inaugurated player-coach McCarthy who has been sidelined with an injury.

The Diplomats got to work quickly and opened up a seven-point lead in the first three minutes until freshmen Cam Scribner answered with a turn-around jumper to score Haverford’s first points. Then Kanabar led a Ford charge by assisting to Maggiotto, sticking a jumper under pressure, and hitting two foul shots to give the Fords an 8-7 lead. After exchanging points, Mulvaney pushed the lead to four by swishing a three-pointer on the fast break, the 100th three-pointer of his career. Going into the game, Mulvaney fourth in the conference in three point FG percentage at .425 and sixth in three-pointers made.

The Fords held their lead for the next six minutes until Maiatico hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 19, and started a 16-6 run that gave the Dips an eight-point lead with minute to go. But the Fords cut the lead back to five with a foul shot by Mulvaney and a Scribner lay-up from a Maggiono hand-off as time ran out in the half.

The Fords got off to a great start in the second half with a jumper by Scribner followed by another Mulvaney three-pointer to tie the game at 33. It took the Dips four minutes to get their first points of the half when Maiatico hit a three to take the lead back. After F&M hit another bucket, Kanabar answered by scoring on a quick turn-around move to cut the lead back to three. But Maiatico continued his display by hitting another three to spark a 22-6 F&M run that left the Fords with a 19-point deficit with five minutes to go. Haverford wasn’t able to close the gap, however, and F&M held on for the win.

The Fords were led by Mulvaney’s 13 points. Fellow seniors Maggiotto and Kanabar chipped in nine and seven points, respectively. Scribner scored seven as well, and swatted five shots. Sophomore Matt Duffy had six steals.

The Bi-Co salutes and thanks the graduating seniors for all their hard work and excellent play over the past four years.

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