Slow First Half Sinks Devils in Centennial First Round

Slow First Half Sinks Devils in Centennial First Round

CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson men's basketball team fell behind by 15 points in the first half due to shooting just 25% while the visiting Ursinus College Bears shot an outstanding 62.1% en route to holding off the Red and White by a score of 73-67 in the first round of the Centennial Conference tournament.

Dickinson took an early 9-6 lead on baskets from Anthony Goeb, Drew Haueisen, Ryan Robinson, and Jack Tierney. After Robinson bumped the margin to 11-6, Ursinus responded with a 9-2 charge aided by five points by Sean Neylon to claim a 15-13 advantage. Two triples for Brandon Wiercinski along with layups from Will Colleran and Goeb brought DC back in front 23-17 with just under ten minutes to go. The Bears then took complete command of the period with a 23-2 romp ending on a Trevor Wall jumper to make it 40-25 UC at the 18:12 mark. Robinson would sink three at the line and Wall buried a triple to give the Bears a sizable 43-28 advantage at half. 

The Devils came out of the break strong with Haueisen and Robinson scoring in the paint before Robinson stepped beyond the arc for three cutting the deficit to 43-25 just two minutes in. Three-pointers by Luke Spellman and Robinson helped the Red and White keep fighting as they pulled within 48-41 still with 12:53 remaining. Ryan Hughes and Wall put together an 11-4 push to extend the lead back to double-digits 59-45 at the 10:34 mark. Dickinson came storming back in a big way with a 10-1 run on buckets by Andrew Gostovich, Robinson, Spellman, and Tierney to trim the margin to just five (60-55) with 6:21 left. A pair of treys from Neylon along with a layup by Jaiden Jakubowski extended the advantage back out to 68-57. DC responded with seven of the next eight with Goeb and Tierney supplying the offense to get within 69-64 at the 19:14 mark. The Bears would salt the game on the line with Beau Everett and Neylon knocking down shots to secure the 73-67 final.

Red Devil Leaders

Points - Robinson (19), Goeb and Tierney (11), Wiercinski (8)

Rebounds - Robinson (10), Tierney (9), Haueisen (7)

Assists - Robinson (4), Haueisen and Wiercinski (2)

Bear Leaders

Points - Hughes (21), Neylon and Wall (17)

Rebounds - Four players tied (6)

Assists - Peyton Vostenak (3)

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Dickinson ends the year at 11-13 overall and 10-8 inside the Centennial Conference and will now look ahead to the 2022-23 campaign to begin next November.