(Westminster, Md.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team overcame a tough first half to claim a 52-42, Centennial Conference road-win at McDaniel College on Thursday night.
McDaniel opened with an 8-0 run before sophomore Michael Jurzynski (Pearl River, N.Y./Master's School) hit a jumper at the 14-minute mark.
The Green Terror held a 12-3 advantage at the mid-point of the half and led by 12 at the 2:23 mark. Junior Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) scored a lay-up and hit two free throws, and first-year Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) hit a jumper to lead the Devils on a 6-0 run to close out the half, trailing 20-14.
The Red Devils were able to pull within five, but the Terror held an eight-point lead for most of the opening six minutes of the second half. Dickinson used a 10-2 run to tie the game, 32-32, with 7:41 remaining.
Allen tied the game and then answered a McDaniel field-goal with a three-pointer to put the Devils in front, at the 6:54 mark. Jurzynski added a three-pointer and two field-goals during the run as well, and continued to lead the charge as Dickinson stretched the margin to double-figures in the final minute.
Sophomore Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) added some key baskets and Melton was solid at the free throw line down the stretch.
McDaniel had three-players in double-figures, led by Kevin Yrizarry with 14 points and six rebounds. The Green Terror slip to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Centennial Conference.
Jurzynski led the Red Devils with a game-high 16 points, hitting 6-of-9 shot on the night, adding two blocked shots and an assist. Melton finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, hitting 9-of-10 free throws. Allen had a solid performance in his collegiate debut, scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting while making three steals.
The Red Devils improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference. They are on the road again this weekend, traveling to Swarthmore College for a 3:00 pm start.