(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team earned two spots on the 2017 All-Centennial Conference team, announced on Tuesday. Sophomore Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) was named to the Second-team while junior Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) received honorable mention.
Wright had a breakout year, leading the Red Devils in scoring and ranking fifth in the conference, averaging 14.4 points per game. He erupted for a career-high 29 at Ursinus College to cap a five-game winning streak at the end of the regular season. The Red Devils won six of their final seven games to earn the team's seventh straight conference playoff bid while advancing to the semifinal for the ninth time in school history.
Wright tallied 49 steals on the year to rank second in the conference and 10th on the program, single season list. He led a quartet of Red Devils that hit more than 20 three-pointers on the year, netting 25 from beyond the arc. He added 88 rebounds and handed out 48 assists as well.
Melton was a pillar of consistency on the inside for the Red Devils, averaging 12.4 points per game and 6.1 rebounds. He ranked sixth in the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting over 51 percent on the year while Wright was seventh at an even 50 percent. Melton moved into fourth all-time at Dickinson, shooting just under 55 percent from the field for his career.
Melton was one of the top rebounders in the conference as well, ranking fifth with 165 this season. He was in the top 10 in the CC with 27 blocked shots, adding 43 assists and 23 steals.
Sophomore guard Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) was named to the All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team.
The Red Devils finished 16-11 overall, posting 12-6 mark to earn the #3-seed in the conference tournament. Dickinson rallied past #2-seed Franklin & Marshall in the semifinals with a 70-64 win and went on to face top-seed Swarthmore in the final.
The Red Devils turned in another solid performance but the Garnet held on to capture its first title, 68-64. Dickinson made its sixth appearance in the championship game, capturing titles in 1997, 2013 and 2015.