(Marietta, Ohio) – The Dickinson men's basketball team scored first and led almost the entire game as they posted an 80-64 win over Mt. St. Joseph's University, at the Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) and sophomore Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) knocked-down back-to-back three-pointers to put Dickinson in front, 15-5, with 15:27 remaining in the first half.
Senior Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) took control in the paint to keep the Red Devils in front by double-figures and Allen buried a three-pointer at the 5:43 mark to stretch the margin to 37-22.
The Lions looked to make a run but the Devils remained in control, leading 46-34 at halftime.
The Red Devils held a double-digit lead for the better part of the second half. The Lions continued to look to make runs to cut the deficit but Dickinson was able to answer on each occasion.
Andrew Findlay hit a three-pointer to pull Mt. St. Joseph within nine, at 12-minute mark, but that would be as close as they would come for the remainder of the game.
Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) knocked-down back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to 15, with 8:06 on the clock. The Devils continued to work the ball inside to Melton while Romocki added a rim-rattling dunk at the 3:30 mark.
Allen added another late three-pointer and a finished with a lay-up for the final of 80-64.
Five players reached double-figures for the Red Devils, led by a game-high 22 from Melton, who was named to the All-Tournament Team. He hit 10-of-16 shots and added nine rebounds on the night. Allen went 5-for-6 from long range, finishing with 19 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
Romocki finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal whle Hinckley was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from three-point land for 11 points, adding 10 rebounds for the double-double. Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) added 10 points, six assists and two steals, going 3-for-4 from the line.
The Red Devils improve to 1-1 on the season. They open Centennial Conference play on Tuesday night, traveling to Muhlenberg College for a 7:30 tip-off.