#15 Swarthmore Slips Away Late 82-74

#15 Swarthmore Slips Away Late 82-74

(Swarthmore, Pa.) - The Dickinson men's basketball team played even with #15-ranked Swarthmore College on Saturday, but the Garnet pulled away in the end for an 82-74, Centennial Conference win.

The first half was close throughout with neither team being able to build a significant lead. Senior Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) knocked down a three-pointer at the 11:18 mark to give the Red Devils a 16-15 advantage.

Dickinson held the lead late in the half, but the Garnet closed out the first stanza with an 8-4 run to hold a 42-39 edge at the break.

Swarthmore led for the better part of the second half but the Red Devils were able to keep the Garnet within striking distance, knocking down timely three-pointers to keep the deficit in single digits.

The Red Devils made a late run, triggered by a nice finish from Romocki, off an assist from Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) to cut the lead to three, with just over five minutes to play.

Swarthmore held on to the lead but could not put game away. Hinckley pulled the Red Devils even at 72, with a pair of free throws at the 1:23 mark.

Cam Wiley hit a short jumper and Zack Yonda put the Garnet in front 76-72, with a pair of free throws with just 36 seconds on the clock. Swarthmore would convert six more free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Zach O’Dell led five players in double-figures for Swarthmore, netting 18 points to go with 12 rebounds while Robbie Walsh went 7-for-8 from the line to score 17 points, adding 10 rebounds. The Garnet improves to 15-2 overall and 9-1 in the conference.

The Red Devils put five players in double-figures as well. Romocki and Hinckley each led the way with 16 points, combining for seven rebounds and four assists. Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) tallied 14 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) added 12 points while first-year Ryan Devine (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to reach double-figures with 11.

The Red Devils did all they could on from the free throw line, hitting 17-of-18 on the day. Swarthmore was solid as well, hitting 29-of-33 from the stripe.

The Red Devils slip to 9-8 overall and 5-5 in the conference. They return home to host Muhlenberg College next Thursday. Opening tip-off is set for 8:00 pm.