(Chestertown, Md.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team had it postseason fate decided before Saturday's tip-off at Washington College as Franklin & Marshall defeated Ursinus to move in front of the Red Devils for a final playoff spot.
The Red Devils had a slow start but worked their way back into the game to keep things interesting throughout the second half of the regular season finale at Washington College.
The Shoremen were not one of the top free throw shooting teams in the Centennial Conference but shot well enough from the line to secure a 96-79 win to advance to the conference tournament.
Kevin McCormick hit a three-pointer to open the scoring and later added another to give Washington an early 18-6 advantage.
The Red Devils cut the deficit to nine behind a three-pointer from Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) and a layup from Ryan Robinson (Vienna, Va./George Marshall) before the hosts rebuilt the lead to 52-36 at the break.
Senior Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) started the second half with a three-pointer to spark the Red Devils. Adam Drummond (Cork, Ireland/Taft School, Conn.) knocked down back-to-back three-pointers and Hinckley drove the length of the floor to cut the deficit to 52-49 at the 16-minute mark.
Washington answered on the other end with a three-point play. The teams started to trade baskets as Hinckley led the Devils on both ends of the floor, scoring twice, grabbing two defensive rebounds and finding Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) for a three-pointer to cut the lead to one.
The Shoremen built the lead back to eight at the midpoint of the half, leading 65-57. They capitalized with a big three-pointer to pull in front, 71-61, at the 6:50 mark.
The Red Devils answered but Washington was fouled on a made three-pointer and snagged the offensive rebound on the miss. They followed up with another three-pointer to stretch the margin to 77-63.
Dickinson kept coming on the offensive end, but Washington would keep hitting from the line to maintain the lead in the final minutes.
Hinckley finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Red Devils. Allen tallied 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists on the afternoon.
Four Red Devils reached double-figures as Wright and Drummond each finished with 11 points while Wright added six rebounds and three assists.
The Red Devils finish the season 10-15 overall and 8-10 in the conference.