Franklin and Marshall finishes the season in style to close their 2021-22 Campaign
On Senior Day and the Diplomats final game of the season, they closed out in style with a 77-55 takedown of Mcdaniel College. One of only four seniors introduced pregame Solomon Mathis had a game high 23 points, Mathis was thankful he could share one last moment with his team together “I mean the whole team is family, I was just happy to end the season on a 2 game winning streak, that is something we haven't done all year”.
It was my first time covering F&M this season as they are still transitioning from the Glenn Robinson era and have had to take their lumps. Coming into this match up with Mcdaniel the Dips were 9-15 overall and as Mathis said, had not won back to back games all season. Coach Nichay has a very young squad that appears to be heading in the right direction from the way they finished this year.
Mathis was a one man wrecking crew in the first half from penetrating the Terror’s defense inside to knocking down several three pointers. He had 14 points at the half as the Diplomats led 36-44 to head into the break.
Mcdaniel (11-14, 5-13) could not close their margin any closer in the second half, Mathis was still in rhythm and Sophomore Omari Nichols (20 points) started to catch fire as well. The lead would never get closer than 12 when Mathis hit another three pointer with 7:57 to play and Mcdaniel called a timeout.
Franklin & Marshall (10-15, 7-11) was hitting on all cylinders the last 7 minutes of play, stretching their lead out to 20 points. Unfortunately for the Terror there was nothing other than watching the clock run out that they could do. Mcdaniel was paced by Senior Mike Wallace with 17 points and fellow Senior Josh Sproul chipped in with 15.
Judging by their contributions, this writer expects F&M to return back to prominence next season with many key contributors returning. With the likes of Nichols, John Seidman (9 points, 8 Assists) and Freshman Rinny Giir (12 points on 5-5 shooting) do not be surprised if the Diplomats are back to contending sooner rather than later.