(Newport News, Va.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team snapped unbeaten Christopher Newport's 26-game home winning streak on Sunday afternoon, topping the #14-ranked Captains, 64-54.
A strong start defensively for both teams led to the Red Devils holding just a 10-7 lead, with under 13 minutes remaining in the half.
Senior Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) scored the first four points for Dickinson with Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) and Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) leading the way as well.
Points continued to be hard to come by as Melton knocked down a lay-up and a free throw to put Dickinson up, 15-12, with eight minutes remaining in the half.
A steal and short jumper from Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) forced the second timeout of the game for Christopher Newport. The Red Devils built a 10 point advantage with the help of a three-pointer from first-year Ryan Devine (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt).
The Captains made a run but the Devils kept the lead as Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) and Sam Lorenzo (Sterling, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) hit triples, and Wright hit from long range for a 31-20 advantage, late in the half.
Melton followed up his own miss and hit a three-pointer to close out the half with Dickinson up, 36-26.
The Red Devils forced 19 turnovers in the first half while five different players hit a three-pointer. Melton led the way with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists before the break.
The second half started with a flurry of scoring while the Red Devils still held a double-digit lead at the midpoint. Back-to-back scores from Wright and Melton put Dickinson in front, 49-37, with just over 12 minutes to play.
Chris McNeal (Collegeville, Pa./Episcopal Academy) finished a beautiful assist from Allen and then took a charge as the Devils led, 53-40.
The Captains looked to make a late run as Aaron McFarland made a pair of steals, hitting a three-pointer and lay-up to cut the deficit to 55-49. Allen countered with a three-point play at the 3:40 mark.
The Red Devils continued to move the ball well on the offensive end, pulling away for the final of 64-54.
The Captains suffer their first loss of the season, slipping to 3-1.
Melton finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Hinckley tallied 14 points as well, adding six steals and four rebounds. Wright was just shy of double-figures with nine points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Romocki had nine points and four rebounds while Allen finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Red Devils improve to 3-1 on the season. They are home on Thursday night, hosting McDaniel College at 7:30 pm.