(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #10-ranked Dickinson men's basketball team beat the buzzer to advance to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Division III Championship, knocking off #7-ranked Albertus Magnus, 74-72, as Ted Hinnenkamp (York, Pa./York Suburban) grabbed a loose ball and scored as time expired.
Tavon Sledge blocked a three-point attempt by Brandon Angradi (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley) but Chris Cox (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) tip the ball away and into the hands of Hinnenkamp. Hinnenkamp led the way, scoring a game-high 28 points and controlling 13 rebounds.
The game was close right from the start, with neither team building more than a five point lead for the majority of the night. Albertus Magnus went on a 7-0 run to pull in front, 11-6, at the 15:46 mark. The Red Devils countered to pull in front, 15-13, on a three-pointer by Steve Collins (Rydal, Pa./La Salle College).
Dickinson stretched the lead to 19-15 but the Falcons would come back and take a 23-19 lead on a pair of lay-ups by Eian Davis. Cox found Angradi for a three-pointer before Albertus Magnus rebuilt the advantage to five at the midpoint of the half.
Wixted dished off an assist to Hinnenkamp and Angradi sank three free throws to knot the game for the fifth time, 27-27. Hinnenkamp would later score on back-to-back possessions to put the Devils on top, 38-36, with 4:09 remaining in the half.
Robert Picka (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) had a big tip-in and Hinnenkamp added a pair of free throws in the final minutes of the half. Chaunce Dunbar knocked down a three-pointer to help the Falcons to a 44-42 advantage at halftime.
Angradi tied the game with a pair of free throws to start the second half. Wixted found Cox for a nice lay-up but the visitors would rally to pull in front by eight, with 12:40 left to play. Hinnenkamp scored the next three baskets for the Devils, and Wixted tied the game off a great pass from Collins.
It was a dogfight over the final seven minutes of the game. Cox found Hinnenkamp once again to knot the game, 65-65, with 3:51 remaining in regulation. Sledge hit a free throw before Wixted buried back-to-back three-pointers to put Dickinson up, 71-66, at the 2:40 mark.
Sledge scored and Lemar Larsen made a steal and scored to quickly pull the Falcons within one. Hinnenkamp hit a free throw and Victor Ljuljdjuraj hit a jumper for a 72-72 tie, with just 11 seconds to play. The Red Devils had no timeouts and pushed the ball up the floor, setting the stage for Hinnenkamp's last second heroics.
Hinnenkamp hit 12-of-18 shots on the night, adding a pair of assists to his 28 points. Wixted finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. He broke the school record for single season scoring, becoming the first Red Devil to score over 500 points, with 513 after tonight.
Collins tallied seven points and seven rebounds, handing out four assists as well. Cox added four points and three assists in a solid performance while Picka pulled down five rebounds.
Davis led Albertus Magnis (28-2) with 23 points and four steals. Sledge tallied 17 points, five assists, two blocks and two steals. Ljuljdjuraj recorded a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Red Devils improve to 24-5 overall, matching last season's school record for wins. The Red Devils will advance to the 'Sweet 16' for the second straight year and will face Virginia Wesleyan next Friday. The game will most likely be played at Randolph-Macon, in Ashland Virginia.