(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team put together a remarkable rally to force overtime at rival Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday night, but the Diplomats held on for the win, 100-90.
The Red Devils overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half, tying the game, 78-78, on a last second three-pointer by sophomore Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School).
Dickinson had a solid start, taking a 12-6 lead in the first four minutes. Jule Brown (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) hit a three-pointer and junior Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) scored five straight to lead the way in the opening charge.
Melton gave the Devils a 16-10 lead before the Diplomats used a 16-2 run to swing the advantage to 26-18. Sophomore Corey Sherman (Penn Valley, Pa./Lower Merion) countered with a three-pointer to break up the run with just under six minutes remaining in the half.
Wright scored the final two baskets of the half to pull the Red Devils within four, 35-31, at the break.
F&M built a 10-point lead to start the second and extended the margin to 55-40, at the midpoint of the half. First-year Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) gave Dickinson a spark, coming off the bench to score a pair of field-goals around a steal.
Melton finished a nice feed from Allen and sophomore Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) knocked down a three-pointer and made a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to six, with 7:52 left to play.
Matthew Tate hit a three-pointer to put F&M in front, 70-59, with five minutes remaining in regulation. The Red Devils went on a run, triggered by a lay-up from Melton and a three-pointer from Allen.
Wright hit a foul shot and capitalized on an offensive rebound from Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) to pull Dickinson with two, sinking a huge three-pointer at the 3:22 mark.
Federici gave F&M a 73-70 lead on a pair of free throws and pulled down a big defensive rebound with 1:12 on the clock. Wright clamped down on defense and came away with a steal to cut the margin to one.
F&M built the lead back to four before Romocki buried a three-pointer from the corner to keep the Devils alive with just under nine seconds on the clock, making the score 76-75.
After a pair of free throws from Federici, Wright came up big again, draining a long three-pointer with just 0.6 seconds on the clock to force overtime, 78-78.
Federici started off the extra-frame with back-to-back three-pointers to quickly put F&M in front, 84-78. Allen made a dent with two free throws, but JC McGrath hit one on the other end and Federici added another three-pointer for an 88-80 lead at the 2:35 mark.
The Devils would close the gap to six, but free throws would eventually lead to the final margin.
Federici led all scorers with 33 points behind five three-pointers on the night as F&M improves to 11-5 overall and 5-4 in the Centennial Conference.
Wright knocked down 8-of-12 shots from the field and hit 5-of-6 free throws to lead the Red Devils with 23 points. He added six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Melton was just shy of a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds while Hinckley finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Allen reached double-figures with 13 points, handing out a game-high seven assists and recording four steals. He matched Hinckley with a perfect, 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line. As a team, the Devils shot 96 percent from the line, hitting 21-of-22 attempts.
The Red Devils slip to 9-7 overall and 6-3 in the conference. They return home to face Centennial front-runner, Swarthmore College, at 4:00 pm on Saturday afternoon in the Kline Center. The Garnet is currently tied with Ursinus at 7-2 in conference play while Johns Hopkins posted a win on Wednesday to tie for second at 6-3 as well.