(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team turned in an outstanding defensive effort to knock-off #21-ranked Franklin & Marshall in a key Centennial Conference match-up on Wednesday night. The Red Devils overcame a three-point deficit at halftime to top the Diplomats, 55-50.
The Diplomats took six-point lead before back-to-back three-pointers from Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and first-year Chas Battaglia (Sterling, Va./Langley) tied the game at 10, with just over 13 minutes remaining in the half.
F&M went on a run to pull front, 22-11, at the midpoint of the first half but the Red Devils would chip away to trail by just three, at the break.
The Diplomats would continue to hold the lead throughout almost the entire second half. A pair of three-pointers from Brandon Federici put F&M in front by nine, with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game.
The Red Devils would answer again however, and take just their second lead of the night as sophomore Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) buried a three-pointer with 2:39 on the clock, to make the score, 48-47.
Federici hit another three-pointer but Dickinson countered with lay-ups from Jon Stenger (Midlothian, Va./James River) and Romocki.
The Red Devils made two strong defensive stands as the crowd continued to grow louder and louder in the Kline Center. Allen hit one free throw and Romocki would close things out with a pair for the final of 55-50.
The Red Devils were dominant inside in the second half, outscoring the Diplomats, 20-6, in the paint.
Romocki led the way in scoring with 15 points, adding five rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) was a workhorse inside as well, putting up 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds to go with two steals and two blocks.
Stenger had another outstanding game as well, earning the start and reaching double-figures with 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, adding four rebounds a pair of blocks as well. Allen finished with eight points, six assists and three steals while Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) tallied five points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals on the night.
J.C. McGrath led F&M with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Diplomats fall to 13-3 overall and 7-2 in the conference.
The Red Devils improve to 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference. They have another big test on Saturday, traveling to #15-ranked Swarthmore College for a 3:00 pm tip-off.