CARLISLE, Pa. – Host Dickinson got game-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds from Gerry Wixted for a double-double and held a 48-28 advantage in the second half to turn a 38-30 halftime deficit into a 78-66 victory over visiting Washington College in a Centennial Conference men's basketball game on Wednesday evening at the Kline Center. The Red Devils are now 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen drop to 3-9 and 2-3 respectively.
The Shoremen trailed the Red Devils 10-7 with 16:01 left when they went on a 16-4 run to take a 23-14 lead with 7:11 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by junior guard John Weston (Tampa, Fla./Bolles School) scored seven of the 16 points during the run. The Shoremen would eventually push their lead to 10 points, their biggest of the first half, at 30-20 with 4:53 left in the first half on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, Pa./Haverford). Morgan scored 11 of the team's final 15 points of the first half as Washington took a 38-30 lead into halftime.
Dickinson came out strong in the second half scoring the first nine points to take a 39-38 lead just 2:36 into the second half on a traditional three-point play by Wixted, who scored seven of the nine points for the Red Devils during the run. It was Dickinson's first lead since early in the first half. The teams would exchange leads with Washington taking a 51-47 lead with 11:23 left in the game on a three-pointer by junior guard Sean Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn). The Red Devils would respond with an 8-2 run to take a 55-53 lead with 7:30 to go in the contest on an Adam Honig free throw.
The game was tied at 55-55 with 6:52 left following a pair of free throws by senior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) when Dickinson scored six of the next eight points to take a 61-57 lead with 5:03 left on a jumper by Steve Collins. The Red Devils led 67-61, their biggest lead of the night, on a Ted Hinnenkamp with 3:11 left, when Morgan responded 32 seconds later with a triple to cut the lead to 67-64. Washington forced a Dickinson turnover with a chance to cut it to one point or tie the game, but could not convert. Honig would sink a three with 1:37 remaining to make it a 70-64 game. Weston would score on a layup with 56 ticks left to cut the lead to 70-66 and then Dickinson would turn it over. But the Shoremen would turn it over on the next possession and had to foul Dickinson's Hinnenkamp and he made both to give the Red Devils a 72-66 lead with 39 seconds left. The Red Devils would make six free throws in the last 22 seconds to provide the final margin.
Wixted scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Red Devils. Joining Wixted in double figures was Honig with 13 points and Hinnenkamp with 11 points. Honig also handed out five assists to lead all participants. Dickinson shot 55% from the floor (26-for-47), 30% from three-point range (3-for-10) and 82% from the foul line (23-for-28). Dickinson held a 40-18 advantage on the boards. The Red Devils held a 44-22 edge in points in the paint, 10-3 advantage in second chance points and 24-9 in points off the bench.
Morgan scored 20 points to lead the Shoremen, with Weston adding 13 points. Cunningham was WC's third scorer in double figures with 11 points and also tied his career-high with a game-high three steals. Senior forward Tony Hawkins (Mt. Ephraim, N.J./Haddon Township) had five rebounds to lead the guests. WC shot 41% from the floor (23-for-56), 33% from three-point range (7-for-21) and 93% from the charity stripe (13-for-14). Washington turned it over 14 times, while forcing 23 Dickinson turnovers, but only held a 15-14 edge in points off of turnovers.
Washington returns to action on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. tip versus Franklin & Marshall in conference action.