Franklin & Marshall advances to Sweet 16 after defeating
Western Connecticut, 82-72 in NCAAs Second Round
LANCASTER, PA (Mar. 3) —
Hayk Gyokchyan (Beirut, Lebanon) scored a game-high 34 points to lead host Franklin & Marshall College to an 82-72 victory over Western Connecticut State University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championships at Mayser Center on Saturday night before an announced crowd of 1,272.
F&M, the ninth ranked team in the nation, will move on to its 16th Sweet 16 and face Amherst College, who defeated New York University, 80-56 on Saturday night.
Gyokchyan finished hitting 14-of-21 shots from the field and was second on the team with nine rebounds for the Diplomats, now 27-2.
DaQuan Brooks (Atlanta, GA), Western's all-time scorer, finished with 22 points and a game-high four assists. He connected on just 6-of-22 shots from the field including 3-of-13 from beyond the arc. He was coming off a career-high of 52 points in the first round, against Christopher Newport on Friday night.
Michael Kennedy (Newtown, CT) added 14 points for the Colonials, including three three pointers during a stretch of five minutes in the second half.
After falling behind by 13 points, 57-44, following a lay up by Gyokchyan with 15:26 remaining in the game, Western went on a 17-4 run and tied the game at 61-61 after a lay in by Michael Jensen (Gales Ferry, CT) with 10:51 left.
The Colonials, 21-7, took their first lead of the game, 63-62, when Brooks canned two free throws with 9:15 remaining in the game. It turned out to be Brooks' final points of the game and his star-studded career. He finishes his career with 2,269 career points. He finished with 815 in his final season, a remarkable 29.1 scoring average.
Western's lead grew to as many as four points, on two occasions. The final time came after Gary Robinson (Torrington, CT) followed up from inside to give the visitors a 70-66 advantage.
Gyokchyan scored eight points down the stretch including a convincing dunk with 48 seconds remaining to the enjoyment of the near capacity crowd.
Georgio Milligan, F&M's all-time leading scorer, finished with 14 points in 18 minutes of action after being saddled with foul trouble most of the night.
The Diplomats began their patient ball-control offense in the first half, scoring 26 of their 47 points on lay ups. Gyokchyan dominated in the paint scoring 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting before the teams went into the locker room for intermission.
Brooks led the Colonials in the first half with 13 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field. He made his way to the free-throw line nine times, but converted just five of them in the first stanza. He is an 81% shooter from the charity stripe on the season.
F&M raced out to an 8-0 lead then led by as many as 14 points, on three different occasions in the first half. The last time came with 8:50 remaining before the break, following a Gyokchyan lay in giving the hosts a 30-16 advantage.
Western scored 18 of the period's next 25 points to draw within six points, 40-34 after Brooks hit the front end of two freebies.
The coaches in tonight's game have 1,372 wins between them with Western's Bob Campbell collecting 540 through his 28th season. Franklin & Marshall's Glenn Robinson now has 832 wins, in his 41st season. Robinson is ninth on the all-time, all-divisions coaching victories list.
Newspaper Box Score
Western Connecticut vs Franklin & Marshall
2/3/2012 7:00 p.m. at Lancaster, Pa.
At Lancaster, Pa.
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 82, WESTERN CONNECTICUT 72
WESTERN CONNECTICUT (21-7)
DaQuan Brooks 6-22 7-11 22; Michael Kennedy 4-7 2-2 14; Shawn Mobilio 3-5
3-4 10; Gary Robinson 4-8 0-0 9; Ryan Pelletier 2-6 0-0 6; Mark Redding 2-5
1-1 5; Michael Jensen 2-5 0-2 4; James Barnes 1-1 0-0 2; Luis Bridtter 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 24-60 13-20 72.
FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (27-2)
Hayk Gyokchyan 14-21 6-9 34; Georgio Milligan 5-10 4-5 14; Matt Porter 4-5
1-3 9; Jon Salandra 4-5 0-0 8; Morgan Lee 4-9 0-0 8; Ed Early 1-2 2-4 4; Max
Brewer 1-2 0-0 3; Brandon Beckford 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 34-61 13-21 82.
Western Connecticut........... 36 36 - 72
Franklin & Marshall........... 47 35 - 82
3-point goals--Western Connecticut 11-32 (Michael Kennedy 4-6; DaQuan Brooks
3-13; Ryan Pelletier 2-5; Gary Robinson 1-4; Shawn Mobilio 1-2; Michael
Jensen 0-2), Franklin & Marshall 1-6 (Max Brewer 1-1; Georgio Milligan 0-2;
Matt Porter 0-1; Hayk Gyokchyan 0-2). Fouled out--Western Connecticut-None,
Franklin & Marshall-None. Rebounds--Western Connecticut 30 (Gary Robinson
12), Franklin & Marshall 41 (Jon Salandra 11). Assists--Western Connecticut
9 (DaQuan Brooks 4), Franklin & Marshall 16 (Max Brewer 4). Total
fouls--Western Connecticut 20, Franklin & Marshall 16. Technical
fouls--Western Connecticut-None, Franklin & Marshall-None. A-1272
F&M is ranked No. 9
Second Round of the NCAA Tournament