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Visiting Franklin & Marshall closed the game on a 10-2 run to secure a 61-52 victory over McDaniel College on Wednesday in Centennial Conference men’s basketball action at Gill Center.

DJ Harper led the Green Terror (5-11, 1-8 Centennial) with 19 points, and Caleb Johnson added 11 points.


Justin Kupa led the Diplomats (10-6, 4-5) with 26 points, and J.C. McGrath chipped in 12.

After a back-and-forth first six minutes that featured two ties and four lead changes, Kupa scored five straight points to give the visitors a 15-10 lead with 12:59 showing. Trailing 18-13, McDaniel scored nine straight points over a 4-minute, 7-second span to take a 22-18 lead on a Harper 3-pointer with 6:05 showing.

Franklin & Marshall, however, countered with seven straight points to take a 25-22 lead before a Harper free throw made it a 25-23 game at the break.

After a Kupa 3-pointer to open the second half, Isaac Ray scored five straight points to tie the game and Johnson hit a layup off a Harper steal-and-pass for a 30-28 lead with 17:46 on the clock. After another four ties and four lead changes over the next seven minutes, Les Thomas drained a triple with 11:09 remaining to tie the game at 39-all and spark a 9-0 Dips run.

Trailing 51-43, Harper hit a layup and converted the ensuing free throw then had a steal-and-slam to cut the margin to three. A Tony Tavares trimmed the deficit to one with 3:29 to play. Franklin & Marshall tallied the next six points to push the lead back out to seven with 1:57 showing.

Mike Wallace hit a layup with 1:46 to play to make it a five-point game, but that's as close as McDaniel could get.

The 19 points for Harper was a career best. He had scored 17 twice before.

Kaelen Kanealey recorded six blocked shots — the most by a Green Terror player since 2008.

McDaniel returns to action at home Saturday against Dickinson. Game time is 3 p.m.