Devils Erase 21-Point Deficit But Fall Short at F&M

Devils Erase 21-Point Deficit But Fall Short at F&M

(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half, pulling within a field goal before falling 64-57 at Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday night in Lancaster.

The Diplomats jumped out to a 10-2 start before sophomore Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) knocked down a three-pointer and scored twice cut the lead to just a point.

F&M put together a 14-0 run to pull in front, 28-14, with 3:24 remaining in the half. Matthew Tate worked his way to the free throw line to stretch the lead to 32-16, hitting 5-of-7 for 11 points.

Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) hit a pair of free throws to make the score, 32-18, at the break. Allen led the Red Devils with nine points and four rebounds. Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) controlled five rebounds.

Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) opened the second half with back-to-back field goals and later hit a three-pointer to pull Dickinson within 11. The Diplomats put together another run and built the lead to 43-27.

F&M stretched the margin to 57-36 before Chris McNeal (Collegeville, Pa./Episcopal Academy) hit a three-pointer to break up the run. Melton went to work inside and hit a three, pulling the Devils back to within 10, with the help of a three-pointer from Hinckley as well.

The Devils continued to rally. Senior Jon Stenger (Midlothian, Va./James River) buried a three-pointer and then assisted Hinckley on another, cutting the deficit to 59-57, with    1:39 remaining.

The Diplomats came back with a three-pointer and added a lay-up to hold on, 64-57.

Tate led F&M with 27 points as they improve to 20-4 overall and 14-3 in the Centennial Conference.

Melton finished with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Hinckley tallied 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals while Allen reached double-figures with 11 points to go with four rebounds and two assists.

McNeal went 3-for-3 with two three-pointers for eight points and Romocki controlled seven rebounds on the night.

The Red Devils slip to 14-10 overall and 10-7 in the conference. They travel to Washington College for a key match-up in the regular season finale on Saturday at 4:00 pm.