Devils Can't Catch Diplomats in 65-60 Setback

Photo by David Sinclair
Photo by David Sinclair

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team put up a fight despite early foul trouble but visiting Franklin & Marshall survived in the end, 65-60, on Wednesday night at the Kline Center.

In a low-scoring start neither team was able to gain much momentum as the Diplomats held a 12-10 advantage at the 14-minute mark. Justin Kupa added a three-pointer for the largest lead of the night at 15-10.

Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) dished a nice assist to Ryan Robinson (Vienna, Va./George Marshall) to tie the game and then Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) put the Red Devils on top with a three-pointer at the 4:23 mark.

The lead went back-and-forth with F&M taking a 35-33 lead into the break on a pair of free throws from Solomon Mathis in the final minute.

J.C. McGrath had a strong start in the second half as the Diplomats pulled in front by nine. Dickinson played even but a McGrath layup gave the visitors a 55-43 lead with just over eight minutes to play.

The Red Devils finished strong, making a late run, triggered by a strong move from Wright a steal-and-score by senior Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal) to cut the deficit to single-digits.

Adam Drummond (Cork, Ireland/Taft School, Conn.) made it seven-point game before Kupa stretched it back to 10 with three free throws. Drummond countered with a three-point play on the other end.

The Diplomats added another free throw and Robinson knocked down a late three-pointer for the final of 65-60.

Wright led the Red Devils with 15 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Drummond reached double-figures with 14 points, adding three rebounds and three assists while going 6-for-7 from the line. Robinson finished with seven while Allen tallied six points, four rebounds and a pair of steals. Ryan Devine (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) added five points on the night.

The Red Devils slip to 9-13 overall and 7-8 in the Centennial Conference. They are home again on Saturday, hosting conference front runner Swarthmore College at 4:00 pm.