Johns Hopkins Runs Past Cazenovia, 104-56
• Score: Johns Hopkins-104, Cazenovia-56
• Records: JHU (5-5), CC (0-9)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire and got points from every active player in a 104-56 win over Cazenovia in the 26th annual Blue Jay Invitational. The Blue Jays got a game and career-high 18 points from sophomore Daniel Vila and a double-double from junior Kyle Doran in the 48-point win. In addition, graduate student Austin Vasiliadis handed out his 300th career assist.
How it Happened
• Hopkins opened the game on a 7-0 run and led 9-2 at the 17:55-mark with Vila accounting for all of the Blue Jays’ points. Cazenovia trimmed the deficit to two points just 49 seconds later with a Josh Gonzalez triple and two Will Thompson free throws.
• Sophomore Michael Gardner pushed the lead back to five with a bucket from downtown that sparked a 23-7 that saw Hopkins take a 34-14 lead with 10:02 to play in the half. Seven different players scored for the Blue Jays during the run, which was capped by a three-pointer from senior Nikhil Panu.
• The Wildcats trimmed the deficit to 16 with a 6-2 spurt over a three-minute span. But a Noah Ralby three and a pair of Jesse Flannery free throws grew the lead to 21 with 5:28 on the clock. The teams traded buckets over the final five minutes and Hopkins took a 48-29 lead into the lockerroom.
• Hopkins picked up where it left off and the lead ballooned to 25 at the 16:23-mark. Cazenovia kept fighting and cut the deficit to 19 a minute later. But Vila answered with a three from the top of the key to push it back to 22. That was as close as the Wildcats would get as the Blue Jays pulled away for their biggest win in 25 years.
What it Means
• The 48-point win is the largest margin of victory for the Blue Jays since a 50-point win over Haverford on February 13, 1991. It is the third largest margin of victory in program history.
• Today’s game was the first ever meeting between Hopkins and Cazenovia.
• JHU will play in the championship game for the 23rd time in the 26-year history of the Blue Jay Invitational. Hopkins is 14-8 in the championship game.
• Head coach Bill Nelson now has 595 career wins, including 490 at Johns Hopkins. He is looking to become the 18th coach in Division III history with 600 career wins.
Inside the Box Score
• All 14 players that were dressed for the Blue Jays scored in the win and five players had career highs in points. Hopkins shot 55.6 percent from the field and 92.3 percent from the line.
• Vila led all scorers with his career-high 18 points, going an impressive 8-of-9 from the field. Doran added 17 points and finished with a career-best 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.
• Vasiliadis handed out a game-high six assists and reached the 300-mark for his career. He is just the fourth player in program history to notch 300 assists and the first since Dave Eikenberg in 1991. He now has 303 assists in his career.
• Senior Josh Wetzler (6 points), sophomores Joey Fitzpatrick (5 points) and Kabir Suri (7 points) and freshman Mac Rowan (5 points) also had career high games in scoring.
• Thompson was the only Cazenovia player to score in double figures, as he finished with 15 points.
• Hopkins will take on Cortland, which beat Widener 88-86 in overtime, in Tuesday’s championship game. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 pm at Goldfarb Gym.