(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team rallied to beat the visiting University of Misericordia, literally at the buzzer, on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) drove into the lane and put up a soft jumper that bounced on the rim three times before falling through the net as time expired to give the Red Devils a thrilling, 60-59 victory.
The Red Devils held just two leads in the game, but fortunately, one came with no time remaining on the clock.
The Cougars used a solid start to take an early 9-2 lead. Dickinson used three-pointers from Allen and senior Chris McNeal (Collegeville, Pa./Episcopal Academy) to help cut the deficit to 11-10, with 14:24 remaining in the half.
Misericordia put together a 17-3 run to break a tie and lead, 41-27, with just over a minute to play. Senior Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) scored and McNeal hit a late three-pointer to make the score, 41-32, at halftime.
The Red Devils chipped away at the lead to start the second half. Sam Lorenzo (Sterling, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) knocked down a three-pointer to pull Dickinson within one, with 15 minutes to play.
The Cougars built the lead back to double-figures and led by 10 with 7:16 remaining in regulation. The Devils would close out the game with a 13-2 run, capped by Allen's buzzer-beater.
Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) and Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) led the charge while Hinckley hit a field goal and finished a three-point play, off a steal from Romocki, to pull the Devils within one.
The Devils capitalized on a missed free throw and called timeout with just 14 seconds on the clock. Allen worked his way into the lane and lofted a shot the hung on the rim for what seemed like an eternity before dropping through as the buzzer sounded.
Jason Kenny led Misericordia (5-6) with a game-high 19 points, adding five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Allen led the Red Devils with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Melton reached double-figures with 13 points, adding seven rebounds. Romocki tallied nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Hinckley finished with seven points and six rebounds.
Jon Stenger (Midlothian, Va./James River) had another strong outing, grabbing 10 rebounds. Lorenzo controlled six boards as well.
The Red Devils improve to 6-4 overall. They are in action on Tuesday, traveling to Susquehanna University for a 7:00 pm tip-off.