(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team came out on top of a see-saw battle on Thursday night, holding off Muhlenberg College, 64-61, in a Centennial Conference thriller at the Kline Center.
The Mules used a 13-4 run to pull in front, 17-10, on a three-pointer from Matt Gnais at the 10:29 mark. Four different players scored as the Red Devils quickly cut the deficit to one.
Back-to-back three-pointers stretched the margin back to seven but Dickinson would answer again, making a late surge, led by Moses Romocki (Creedmoor, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) to take a 33-32 lead at halftime.
Sophomore Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) hit a three-pointer to start the second half and hit another at the 10:38 mark to put Dickinson up by eight, 50-42.
Senior Justus Melton (Charlotte, N.C./Covenant Day) knocked down a triple and Hinckley grabbed a rebound and scored to give the Red Devils a 10-point advantage.
The Red Devils held a 59-52 lead with just under four minutes to play. The Mules would make one last run as Nick Rindock converted three field goals, including a three-point play to cut the deficit to one, with one minute remaining in regulation.
Allen would secure the win, hitting four free throws in the final 26 seconds. He led the way with 16 points on the night, adding six rebounds and four assists, going 4-for-4 from the line. Romocki finished with 13 points and nine rebounds while Hinckley finished with 13 points as well.
Melton reached double-figures with 10 points and six rebounds. Senior Jon Stenger (Midlothian, Va./James River) tallied seven points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. Chris McNeal (Collegeville, Pa./Episcopal) gave the Devils valuable minutes as well, scoring five points and controlling a pair of rebounds.
Rindock led the Mules with 21 points and nine rebounds as they fall to 7-11 overall and 5-6 in the conference.
The Red Devils improve to 10-8 and 6-5 in the CC. They are home again on Saturday, hosting Haverford College at 4:00 pm.