The top two seeds - Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson - posted semifinal victories and will meet Sunday for the Centennial Conference men's basketball title.
Top-seeded F&M shot 55 percent in the second half to hold off #5 Haverford, 71-62. Georgio Milligan led five Diplomats in double figures with 18 points. Sam Permutt led all scorers with 19 for the Fords.
Second-seeded Dickinson shot 61 percent in the final 20 minutes to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 71-62 victory over #3 Gettysburg. Matt Dolan led the Red Devils with 17 points, while Kevin Kennedy led all scorers with 21 for the Bullets. Dickinson reaches the Centennial final for the first time since 1997.
Tip-off for Sunday's title game is 3 p.m. at F&M's Mayser Center. The winner gets the CC's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Dickinson 71, Gettysburg 62
The Dickinson College men's basketball team continued its quest for a Centennial Conference title, taking one step closer, posting a 71-62 semifinal win over Gettysburg on Saturday afternoon. One year ago today, the Red Devils season was over as they finished in last place in the conference. What a difference a year makes as the Red Devils are less than 24 hours away from facing Franklin & Marshall for the Centennial Championship.
Franklin & Marshall 71, Haverford 62
No. 19 Franklin & Marshall handed Haverford a 71-62 defeat to advance to its third straight Centennial Conference (CC) Championship game. The Diplomats will host Dickinson for the CC title tomorrow at 3 p.m. The Red Devils defeated Gettysburg 71-62 in the other CC semifinal game. F&M advances to its 11th CC Championship Game since conference play began in 1994. The game was the 52nd conference postseason contest under coach Robinson and the 37th victory. The win was the first on the newly named Glenn Robinson Court and gives the Diplomats a chance for their sixth CC crown and 22nd NCAA appearance.