(Fredericksburg, Va.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team survived in overtime to win the Hyatt Place Tip-Off Tournament at the University of Mary Washington. The Red Devils improved to 2-0 on the season with a 68-64 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils held a slim, 30-28 lead at halftime while the host Eagles rallied late in the second half to tie the game, 59-59, to force overtime. Dickinson had a strong start in the extra-frame and outscored UMW, 9-5, in the final five minutes for the win.
Sophomore Michael Jurzynski (Pearl River, N.Y./The Master's School) knocked-down a three-pointer to give the Devils an early 9-2 advantage. After the Eagles cut the lead to one, Jule Brown (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) answered with a three-pointer to put Dickinson up, 15-11, at the midpoint of the half.
Back-to-back scores, including a three-pointer from Austin Hall gave Mary Washington its first lead of the game, 23-22, with 4:52 remaining in the half. Sophomore guard Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) countered with a jumper to put Dickinson back in front, where they would remain as the teams headed into halftime.
The Eagles tied the game to open the second half but would not take another lead until 3:19 mark of the second half. A lay-up from Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) and another triple from Jurzynski put the Red Devils up, 40-33, at the 13:24 mark.
Mary Washington was able to chip away and make it a one possession game as they headed down the final stretch of regulation. Johnny Cronin hit a pair of jumpers and Jacob Williams drove in for a lay-up to give the hosts a 52-51 advantage.
Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) traded lay-ups with Brent Mahoney and then fed Brown for a three-pointer to put Dickinson up by two. Eric Shaw hit a three on the other end and the Eagles forced a turnover with a one-point lead.
Hall stretched the margin to three with a pair of field-goals but sophomore Corey Sherman (Penn Valley, Pa./Lower Merion) buried a huge three-pointer with just four seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime.
Hinckley scored and fed Brown for a three-pointer as Dickinson pulled in front, 66-61, early in overtime. The Eagles would come back to cut the deficit to a field-goal before Hinckley secured the win with a pair of free throws with just 25 seconds to play.
Brown was named the Tournament MVP, scoring 17 points to lead four Red Devils in double-figures. Hinckley added 12 points, six rebounds and a pair of assists while Jurzynski and Wright each finished with 11. Wright tallied four rebounds and three assists while Jurzynski grabbed six rebounds, make three steals and knocked-down three triples.
Sherman was perfect from beyond the arc, going 3-for-3 for nine points while Melton added a team-high eight rebounds to go with six points and two assists. Wright and Sherman also earned spots on the All-Tournament Team as well.
The Red Devils improve to 2-0 on the season. They begin Centennial Conference play on Tuesday night, hosting Muhlenberg College in their home opener at 7:30 pm.