Men's Basketball Release #14
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Georgio Milligan, Franklin & Marshall
Senior, Guard, Spring Valley, NY / Don Bosco Prep, NJ
FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Franklin & Marshall became the first team to win three straight Conference titles with its 71-55 victory over Muhlenberg in the final. The Diplomats, who host the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA tournament this weekend, are 45-5 at the Mayser Center over the past three seasons.
- F&M is 38-24 all-time in the NCAA tournament and 21-13 as a member of the Centennial Conference. The Blue and White has reached the final four on five occasions – 1979, 1991, 1996, 2000 and 2009, advancing to the national final in 1991. This is the Diplomats' fourth straight trip to the national championship tournament.
- Since 1994, the members of the Centennial Conference are 30-27 overall in the NCAAs. In addition to F&M's five trips to the final four, Ursinus also reached the national semifinals in 2008.
- Franklin & Marshall is 14-13 against ranked opponents since 1999-2000. Christopher Newport, a potential second-round opponent, is ranked 25th this week, while F&M is ranked ninth. Western Connecticut and York are unranked.
- Muhlenberg senior Spencer Liddic and Johns Hopkins senior Tim McCarty were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. Liddic was a second-team selection, while McCarty was tabbed for the third team.
Around the Conference
The Red Devils lost in the Conference semifinals to Muhlenberg, 65-62. Dickinson held a six-point advantage at halftime but could not hold the lead. First-year Gerry Wixted (Moorestown, NJ / Lawrenceville School) led the way with 13 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, while sophomore Adam Honig (Chappaqua, NY / Horace Greeley) tallied a team-high 14 points. Senior Chris Heine (Spring Lake, NJ / St. Rose) made his 100th three-pointer of his career in the loss.
Franklin & Marshall
Senior Georgio Milligan (Spring Valley, NY / Don Bosco Prep, NJ) became the Diplomats' all-time leading scorer with 1,807 points. He also holds the program mark for free throws made (507) and is second on the assists (590), steals (272) and games played (118) charts. F&M held 18 of their 25 opponents under 60 points. Coach Glenn Robinson now has 828 career victories and is one away from the 10th spot on the NCAA all-time wins list.
The Blue Jays' season came to a close in the Conference first round with a 56-53 home loss to Washington College. It is Hopkins' first postseason loss to the Shoremen in Centennial history. Freshman George Bugarinovic (Overland Park, KS / Blue Valley Northwest) led the Jays with 14 points, while senior Tim McCarty (Warrington, PA / Germantown Academy), a third-team Academic All-America selection, had a double-double with 13 points and 11 caroms
The Mules reached their first Centennial final since 2001 but fell short at Franklin & Marshall, 71-55. Sophomore Austin Curry (Jamison, PA / Germantown Academy) made eight three-pointers in the two tournament games, including five in the final. Senior Spencer Liddic (Clarks Summit, PA / Abington Heights) closed his career with a pair of double-doubles, including 16 points and 13 rebounds vs. Dickinson. Freshman Malique Killing (Philadelphia, PA / Friends Central) set a Conference record for points by a freshman with 446.
The Shoremen advanced to the Conference semifinals with a 56-53 win at Johns Hopkins, but their tournament run was ended in the semifinals at Franklin & Marshall. Senior Kevin Breslin (Hagerstown, MD / St. Maria Goretti) scored 17 points vs. the Blue Jays and 26 vs. the Diplomats, becoming the 20th player in Conference history to surpass 1,500 career points (1,517).