Kern Leads Johns Hopkins to 72-56 Win at Dickinson
• Score: Johns Hopkins-72, Dickinson-56
• Records: JHU (10-3, 4-2 CC) • DC (8-5, 4-2 CC)
• Location: Carlisle, PA • Kline Center
• The Short Story: Freshman Joey Kern scored a game and career-high 20 points to lead the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team to a 72-56 win at Dickinson Tuesday night.
How it Happened
• Hopkins jumped out to a nine-point lead, 17-8, by the 14:48-mark when Kern drained the first of his four three-pointers on the night. On the ensuing possession, Bryce Allen answered with a three to spark a 12-4 Dickinson run. Allen capped the run with another triple at 10:19 to make it a one-point game.
• The Blue Jays pushed their lead back to five, thanks in part to a pair of free throws from senior Jesse Flannery and another triple from Kern. Ryan Devine then sandwiched a layup and a three-pointer around a Flannery three and it was 30-27 Hopkins with 4:43 to play in the half.
• Flannery went back to the line for a pair of shots, sinking both to ignite an 11-point spurt. Sophomore Harry O’Neil put the punctuation on the spurt with an old-fashioned three-point play to stake Hopkins to a 41-27 lead. Allen had the final say of the half however, draining a long three as time expired to make it an 11-point game.
• Moses Romocki struck first in the second half, with a bucket in the paint to cut the Blue Jays’ lead to nine. Kern answered with a fast-break layup and Hopkins was off and running. By the 14:22-mark, Hopkins had doubled its lead to 18, 53-35.
• Dickinson battled back, slicing the deficit to 11 twice in the following five minutes. Each time, however, Hopkins answered and built its lead back to as much as 18 before winning 72-56.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 46-35 all-time against Dickinson and snaps a six-game losing streak in the series. It is the Blue Jays’ first win in Carlisle since March 1, 2014.
• Head coach Josh Loeffler picked up his 10th win with the Blue Jays becoming just the fourth coach in program history to win 10 or more games in his first season.
Inside the Box Score
• Kern finished with his career-high 20 points, with 12 of those coming from three-point range. He is the third different player with 20 or more points for the Blue Jays this season.
• Senior Kyle Doran punched up 18 points, including the first nine points of the game, and a game-high eight rebounds. Flannery and O’Neil also finished with 10 points apiece as four Blue Jays finished in double figures.
• Allen led the Devils with 15 points, all coming from three-pointers. Justus Melton chipped in 10 points and pulled a team-high seven rebounds.
• Hopkins held Dickinson nearly 16 points below its season average (71.8 ppg). The 56 points for the Red Devils are their second fewest of the season and come just three days after scoring 101 points.
• Hopkins is back on the road on Thursday, as the Blue Jays travel to ninth-ranked Swarthmore. Tip-off at Tarble Pavilion is slated for 7:00 pm.