Jan. 8, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - Visiting Ursinus used a 19-4 run early in the first half to take control of the game en route to a 70-42 win over Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon as the two returned to Centennial Conference play. The Blue Jays fall to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in the conference, while the Bears win their second straight and move to 5-8 overall and 2-4 in the conference.
The first few minutes were back and forth as the teams traded baskets, with neither team able to build more than a two-point advantage. Hopkins took a 10-9 lead following a pair of Mike Rhoads' free throws at 14:48. Ursinus answered with a three-pointer from Kevin Janowski to kick-start that 19-4 run. Free throws from freshman Daniel Corbett and senior Mike Henrici halted the run and made it a 28-18 game with 2:11 to play in the half. Matt Hilton then hit a triple, one of his five on the day, to push the advantage back to 13. Henrici hit a jumper with just four seconds left as Ursinus took a 31-20 lead into the break.
The opening three minutes of the second half were a repeat of the first as the teams traded baskets. Jon Ward hit four straight free throws in back-to-back possessions, followed by a bucket from Hilton and Ursinus' lead was 17. Hopkins cut the deficit to 15 three times over the next three minutes but could get no closer. Junior Sean O'Connor hit from downtown to make it a 46-31 game at 12:39. Ward then hit a bucket in the paint to ignite another substantial run, this one an 18-5 run that saw the Bears build a 28-point advantage with 3:40 to play. Ursinus would go on to win 70-42.
Hopkins was led by Henrici, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. He was the only Blue Jay to finish in double digits. Hilton led four Bears in double figures with a game-high 19 points. Ward finished with 16, going 10-of-12 from the free throw line, while Janowski had 14 and Matt Donahue chipped in 13.
Hopkins returns to action on Tuesday, January 11 and wraps up a four-game homestand against Muhlenberg. Tip-off for the Centennial Conference tilt is slated for 7:00 pm.