Senior guard Jerome Maiatico scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, including the game-tying three-point shot with 21 seconds left in regulation, to lift Franklin & Marshall to a 75-67 overtime victory over Johns Hopkins in the Centennial Conference men's championship last night.
Sophomore center Alex Kraft added 19 points while sophomore forward Casimer Thomas recorded his second straight double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Diplomats, who won their third conference title in the seven-year history of the Centennial Conference.
It was also Franklin & Marshall's sixth straight victory over the Blue Jays and fourth straight playoff victory since 1991.
Johns Hopkins, the defending conference champions who appeared in the title game for the third straight year and fourth championship appearance in seven years, were led by senior forward Joel Wertman with 13 points.
Sophomore guard Brian Cosgrove and freshman guard Brendan Kamm each added 12 points while sophomore forward Matthew Eisley chipped in 10 points and senior center Jon Olson grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Pub Date: 2/27/00