Ursinus Holds Off Johns Hopkins, 66-64
• Score: Ursinus-66, Johns Hopkins-64
• Records: JHU (9-3, 3-2 CC) • UC (7-5, 3-2 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: Visiting Ursinus outscored the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team, 6-2, in the final two minutes to take a 66-64 win on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference action.
How it Happened
• Hopkins took a 62-60 lead with 2:12 to play on a made free throw by junior Michael Gardner. Ryan McTamney then tied the game for the Bears with a pair of shots from the charity stripe just 16 seconds later. He followed with a jumper in the paint to put Ursinus up 64-62 with 57 ticks on the clock.
• After a Bruce Edwards’ free throw gave the Bears a three-point lead, freshman Joey Kern trimmed the deficit to one with 2.8 seconds to play. Forced to foul, the Blue Jays sent Remi Janicot to the line, where he made one of two shots to make it a two-point game. On the ensuing possession, freshman Conner Delaney’s half-court heave just missed the mark.
• The Blue Jays jumped out to a 14-7 lead to start the game, thanks to six points from junior Daniel Vila. With 10:27 to play in the half, Hopkins still led by seven, 18-11, after a Kyle Doran free throw. The Bears sliced the deficit to three with back-to-back buckets from Zach Quattro and Zack Muredda.
• Doran put Hopkins back up five as he sank a pair of free throws at the 5:59-mark. But a Quattro fall-away jumper sparked a 6-1 run Ursinus run that saw the visitors tie the game at 4:20. Junior Joey Fitzpatrick gave the Blue Jays back the lead, 23-21, on the next possession.
• Bruce Edwards answered with four straight points, followed by a Janicot jumper and Ursinus held a 27-23 lead with 2:07 to go. Doran and Fitzpatrick sandwiched baskets around a Muredda free throw and it was a one-point game. Edwards pushed the lead back to three, 30-27, for the Bears with a layup with three seconds remaining.
• Ursinus came out firing to start the second and pushed its lead to nine at the 14:51-mark. Doran ended the spurt with a triple from the top of the key to ignite a 15-4 run that saw Hopkins grab a 51-49 lead just four minutes later. Sophomore Harry O’Neil fueled the run with seven straight points and senior Jesse Flannery capped the run with a three-pointer.
• The lead seesawed up and down over the ensuing four minutes as the teams traded buckets and a Quattro layup gave Ursinus the lead, 58-56, with 6:14 to play. Doran answered with a pair of free throws to tie the game and then O’Neil hit a layup to swing the lead back Hopkins, 60-58.
• Janicot tied the game for the seventh time with a jumper at 4:53 and the offenses stalled for more than two minutes. Kern ended the drought with a free throw at 2:41 and then Gardner followed with one of his own and it was 62-60 Blue Jays with 2:12 on the clock.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 51-46 all-time against Ursinus as the Bears have won two straight in the series. The Blue Jays are now 29-13 versus the Bears at Goldfarb Gym.
Inside the Box Score
• O’Neil led the Blue Jays with a game and career-high 16 points as he went 7-of-8 from the field to go with four rebounds. Doran also finished in double figures with 15 points and a team-high-tying six boards. Also grabbing six rebounds were Delaney and Vila.
• Edwards paced the Bears with 15 points, to go with five boards and two blocks. Janicot was the only other player in double figures with 13 points. Shane Stark pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, while Eric Williams, Jr. had six.
• Hopkins held Ursinus, the second highest scoring offense in the Centennial Conference, to 15 points below its season average (81.3 ppg).
• Hopkins returns to action on Tuesday as the Blue Jays travel to Carlisle, PA to take on the Dickinson Red Devils. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 pm at the Kline Center.