Dickinson beats Franklin & Marshall to clinch first tournament berth since 1997
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Dickinson captured the 2013 Centennial Conference Championship in dominant fashion, erupting in the second half to post a 64-40 win at top-seed Franklin & Marshall on Saturday night.
For the second consecutive game, the Red Devils saw two players record double-doubles. Junior Adam Honig led the way with a game-high 16 points, pulling down 10 rebounds on the night. Sophomore Gerry Wixted scored 14 points and matched a game-high with 11 rebounds. He added four blocked shots as well.
The game was back and forth in the early minutes. The Devils went in front 12-10 on a Wixted three-pointer at the 14:23 mark. The Devils would never trail from that point.
Honig buried a three-pointer to put the Devils in front, 23-15, with just under nine minutes remaining in the half. The Diplomats cut the margin to four before the Devils pulled back in front by eight 33-25 at the half.
Junior Tucker Landy scored at the 19:14 mark to put the Devils up by 10. They led by double-figures for the remainder of the game, stretching the lead to 44-28, with 16:11 on the clock as Logan Furr fed Wixted for a three-pointer.
Sophomore Chris Cox ignited the crowd with a one-hand jam on a drive down the middle, extending the Devil lead to 19 at the 6:37 mark.
Senior Chris Barsanti gave Dickinson a 21-point lead with a pair of free throws with 4:54 left to play. The Devils would hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch, and finished 19-24 from the line for the game.
Senior Jimmy Fenerty finished things off with a lay-up for the final of 64-40.
In addition to the back-to-back, double-doubles for Honig and Wixted, Barsanti added 11 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. He was 3-for-4 from the field, adding four rebounds and a pair of steals.
Landy went 5-for-6 from the stripe, scoring nine points and controlling five rebounds. Steve Collins and Ted Hinnenkamp combined for 10 points.
Hyak Gyokchyan led the Diplomats (20-7) with a double-double, scoring 11 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking three shots.
The Red Devils set a school record with their 20th win of the season. They improve to 20-7 overall and earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, making its first appearance since 1997.
Dickinson went 19-24 from the line, and held the Diplomats to just 15 points in the second half, holding them to just 16 percent shooting (4-25).