(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team made a great run at the end of the game, but couldn't catch visiting Immaculata University, falling 70-66, on Saturday afternoon at the Kline Center.
The Red Devils had a quick start with senior Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) scoring the first three baskets to give Dickinson a 6-0 advantage.
The Mighty Macs countered with a big run to take a double-digit lead, with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. First-year Adam Drummond (Cork, Ireland/Taft School, Conn.) knocked down a three-pointer to cut the deficit to four at the 8:51 mark.
Immaculata built the lead to 15 in the final three minutes before Elijah Wright (Orange, N.J./The Pennington School) scored twice and fed Jack Tierney (Darien, Conn./Darien) for a lay-up to cut the margin to single digits.
Mike Piekarski hit a late jumper to put the Macs in front, 42-31, at the break.
Tierney had a strong start to the second half and buried a three-pointer to pull Dickinson within nine at the 15:25 mark. Immaculata held a double-digit lead throughout most of the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
Dickinson worked its way back to within five but trailed by 10 with 4:34 to play. First-year Ryan Robinson (Vienna, Va./George Marshall) scored back-to-back field-goals and Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) followed up a score from Tierney to cut the lead to four with under a minute to play.
The Devils forced a big turnover and Hinckley would cut the deficit to a field-goal with 38 seconds on the clock. The teams traded turnovers before Piekarski converted a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to secure the win, finishing with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Hinckley led the Red Devils with 19 points, five rebounds and two steals, hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field. Hinckley ended his remarkable streak of consecutive free throws at 28, tying for second in program history
Wright added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists while Tierney finished in double-figures with 11 points, three rebounds and two steals.
First-year Will Colleran (Wayne, Pa./Valley Forge Military Academy) gave the Red Devils solid minutes, adding six points and five rebounds. Drummond tallied nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Red Devils slip to 4-7 on the season. They return to action after the new year, hosting Lebanon Valley College on January 2nd at 7:30 pm.