(Selinsgrove, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team rallied for the second straight outing, coming from behind to defeat Susquehanna University, 69-65, on Wednesday night.
The River Hawks took an eight-point lead, midway through the first half. Chris McNeal (Collegeville, Pa./Episcopal Academy) and Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the deficit to 22-20.
Susquehanna answered with a 10-2 run to stretch the lead to double-figures and held a 42-29 advantage at halftime. Adam Dizbon and Ryan Traub combined for 25 points, going 4-for-5 from the three-point line to pace the host River Hawks.
Romocki hit a pair of three-pointers to lead the Red Devils with eight points. McNeal tallied seven points and Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) added five points and six rebounds.
Romocki led an early charge after the break, hitting a three-pointer and feeding McNeal for an easy lay-up to make the score, 47-41.
The momentum swayed as the River Hawks built the lead back to double-figures but the Red Devils would answer, trailing, 58-53, at the midpoint of the second half.
Susquehanna held the lead but the Devils continued to chip away. Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) buried a three-pointer to tie the game with two and a half minutes to play.
Jon Stenger (Midlothian, Va./James River) countered a free throw with a strong move to the baseline to give Dickinson a 66-65 lead. They held on defense on two possessions and Melton hit a pair of free throws to stretch the margin to 68-65. Hinckley would add another free throw for the final of 69-65.
Four players scored 13 points for the Red Devils on the night. Melton added 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Hinckley had five rebounds, four steals and two assists while Romocki grabbed five rebounds, hit a trio of three-pointers and dished out two assists.
Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) finished with 13 points, three assists and two steals, going 7-for-9 from the line. McNeal added nine points and five rebounds as well.
It proved to be a tale of two halves as the Red Devils outscored the River Hawks 40-23 in the second half.
The Red Devils improve to 7-4 overall. They return to Centennial Conference action on Saturday, traveling to Haverford College for a 3:00 pm tip-off.