LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall, with the same five starters who took it to the Division III national championship game last year, used a late 19-0 spurt to rout Johns Hopkins, 83-62, in an interdivisional contest between Middle Atlantic Conference powers.
The starters for No. 12 Franklin & Marshall (17-2), which lost in last year's championship, accounted for 73 points. Chris Finch and Will Lasky scored a total of 45, including eight apiece in the final burst.
"The only other game we lost was at Washington University, and we did it the same way," said Bill Nelson, coach of No. 13 Johns Hopkins (15-2). "We got behind early, battled back, then had nothing left. Tonight [last night], we just ran out of gas.
"Lasky and Finch proved just what they are -- All-Americans. They probably had their game of the year together. They really hurt us."
The Diplomats went ahead 22-13 in the first eight minutes, then used a late run to build a 46-30 halftime lead.
Hopkins drew within 61-55 with 7:02 to go. Then the roof fell in. F&M got four steals, two other turnovers, and blocked a shot, and Hopkins missed three shots.
ST. FRANCIS (N.Y.) 97 MOUNT ST. MARY'S 83
* Lester James and Louis Myers sparked a late first-half run, as St. Francis, N.Y., broke open the game and went on to defeat Mount St. Mary's in a Northeast Conference matchup.
The loss was the 15th straight on the road for the Mountaineers (5-15, 2-7).
CATHOLIC U. 64, GOUCHER 55
* Goucher went ahead 16-4 in the first 9:35, then Catholic University went on a 23-7 run to gain a halftime lead in the Capital Athletic Conference meeting at the Sports and Recreation Center. After the first minute of the second half, the closest Goucher got to the Cardinals was 52-47 with 6:10 to go. Jay Franklin had 18 points for the winners; David Clark had 21 for Goucher.