February 21, 2009

Diplomats Clinch Top Seed For CC Tournament

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CARLISLE, Pa. -  Kizmahr Grell scored a team-high 19 points, while Tom Leszczynski recorded a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to lead Dickinson over No. 13 Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Saturday.

The Diplomats (21-4, 14-4 CC) secured the top seed for the CC playoffs thanks to a 53-48 McDaniel loss to Gettysburg. F&M will face the winner of the play-in game between Muhlenberg and Haverford on Saturday. Game time to be determined and posted on Monday.

James McNally went 14-for-19 from the field and 7-for-10 from the charity stripe for a career-high 35 points.

The Red Devils (12-12, 6-12 CC) never trailed in the second half, building a double-figure lead and holding on for the conference win.

Dickinson went on an 11-4 run to open the second half to set the tone thanks in part to six points from Tim Couch for a 49-40 lead. Eric Rahauser pushed the lead to 53-43 with a layup in the paint and a jumper by Cory Kenny gave the Red Devils their largest lead at 62-49 with 8:49 left to play.

A 9-1 run by the Diplomats made it a four-point game, where it stayed until the final minute when Leszczynski hit a layup and two free throws down the stretch to hold off F&M.

The Diplomats gained control at the start of the contest taking a 12-7 lead, but Dickinson scored the next seven points to take its first lead, 14-12. McNally scored seven straight points by himself to help F&M regain the lead with 6:21 left at 30-28.

Chris Harrington nailed a triple with 2:26 remaining that combined with a Leszczynski layup, giving the Red Devils the lead to end the half at 38-36.

F&M went 17-for-31 from the free throw line, while Dickinson added a 14-for-24 performance.