Diplomats Hold Off Red Devil Run 64-53

Photo by George Rhyne
Photo by George Rhyne

(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team made a late run at Franklin & Marshall, but came up short, 64-53, on Wednesday night in Lancaster.

The Diplomats scored a quick eight points and then cooled off while the Red Devils felt a chill as well until Bryce Allen (Albany, N.Y./The Hill School) put Dickinson on the board at the 14-minute mark.

Ryan Robinson (Vienna, Va./George Marshall) added a lay-up before F&M went on a 12-0 run to lead 20-4 with nine minutes to play in the half.

KJ Holton (Clinton, Md./DeMatha) made strong drive to the basket and Travis Dobbins (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) knocked down a three-pointer from the corner to make the score 24-9.

Allen added a pair of free throws and Luke Spellman (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) had a nice tip-in to cut the deficit to 24-13. Allen dropped two more from the stripe and Holton added a basket and a free throw to make the score 28-18.

Robinson answered a Diplomat basket with a three-pointer and Holton hit a pair from the line and finished on a nine crossover to make it a five-point game at the break, 30-25.

Holton finished the half with nine points and a pair of blocked shots while Allen tallied six points and four rebounds.

The Diplomats built the lead to 12 in the opening five minutes of the second half, but the Red Devils worked their way back, cutting the lead to just three on a triple from Allen at the midpoint of the half.

The Red Devils started to heat up as Ryan Devine (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) hit a three-pointer before F&M stretched the lead back to double figures at 54-44.   

Allen buried a three-pointer from the corner to keep the Devils in the hunt, 60-52, with 2:45 remaining in the game, but the Diplomats would add some free threes and hold on for the 64-53 final.

Allen led the Red Devils with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Holton and Robinson each finished with 11 points and two steals while Spellman grabbed seven rebounds to go with five points.

The Red Devils slip to 3-19 overall and 3-12 in the Centennial Conference. They are on the road again on Saturday, traveling to #1-ranked Swarthmore College for a 3:00 pm tip-off.