(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team claimed a key Centennial Conference win on Saturday, defeating Washington College, 78-64, to secure the #3-seed in the conference playoffs next week. The Red Devils also celebrated senior day, honoring Robert Picka (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) before the game.
The Red Devils jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and went in front, 12-5, on a Justus Melton (Charlottesville, N.C./Covenant Day) three-point play with 14:34 to play in the half. Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) followed up with a three-pointer to stretch the margin to double-figures.
Dickinson built the lead to 14 points at the midpoint of the half. The Shoremen used a 13-5 run to cut the deficit to just six, with 2:14 remaining in the half. Sophomore Michael Jurzynski (Pearl River, N.Y./The Master's School) tallied the last basket of the half to give the Devils a 38-32 lead at the break.
Washington scored back-to-back to start the second before Picka triggered a 6-0 run capped by a baseline dunk from Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons), off an assist from Picka.
Picka and Melton stretched the lead to double-figures and a pair of Romocki free throws put Dickinson in front, 53-39. Allen converted four straight free throws after a foul and a technical to make the score, 63-47, with 9:05 remaining in the game.
A 10-1 run by the Shoremen cut the margin to just seven before an alley-oop dunk to Romocki from Jule Brown (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) sparked a 10-3 run for the Devils.
Sophomore Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) gave the Devils strong minutes down the stretch and Allen finished with two strong moves to the basket for the final of 78-64.
Allen led all scorers with a career-high 25 points, dishing out three assists and recording a pair of steals. He went 6-for-6 from the line and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Melton hit 7-of-10 free throws and 5-of-8 shots from the floor to finish with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Romocki reached double-figures with 14 points to go with six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Hinckley tallied seven points, five assists and four rebounds while Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./Pennington School) and Picka combined for 11 points.
Tas Dixon led Washington with 13 points as they fall to 7-18 overall and 3-15 in the Centennial Conference.
The Red Devils improve to 15-10 overall and 12-6 in the conference. With a Haverford upset over Johns Hopkins, the Red Devils earn the #3-seed and face #2-seed Franklin & Marshall at Swarthmore College on Friday. Times will be announced on Monday.