Johns Hopkins Falls at Ninth-Ranked Swarthmore, 79-70
• Score: #9 Swarthmore-79, Johns Hopkins-70
• Records: JHU (10-4, 4-3 CC) • SC (13-1, 7-0 CC)
• Location: Swarthmore, PA • Tarble Pavilion
• The Short Story: Host and ninth-ranked Swarthmore withstood a Hopkins’ surge midway through the second half to defeat the Blue Jay men’s basketball team, 79-70, Thursday night.
How it Happened
• Trailing by 14 with 13:46 to play in the game, senior Jesse Flannery drained a three to spark a 17-7 run that saw the lead trimmed to four just four minutes later. Junior Michael Gardner capped the run with a flurry of five points in just eight seconds.
• Swarthmore answered with seven unanswered points to push its lead back to double digits (11) just over two minutes later. Senior Kyle Doran hit a three at the 6:15-mark to slice the lead back to single digits. But a Nate Shafer dunk ignited another 7-0 run for the Garnet as they pushed their lead to 15 with 2:50 to go. As it turned out, Shafer’s bucket with 5:35 to play was the home team’s final field goal of the game.
• Hopkins kept battling, outscoring Swarthmore 16-10 down the stretch, including four three-pointers. But the Garnet went 10-of-16 from the charity stripe during that same stretch to secure the win.
• The teams went back-and-forth for the opening 14 minutes as the Blue Jays kept the Garnet within arm’s length. After a Gardner bucket in the paint made it a three-point game at the 6:12 mark, Swarthmore went on a 13-1 run, fueled by a pair of Conor Harkins triples, to push out to a 34-19 lead. Doran ended the run with a layup and Hopkins scored seven unanswered points to pull within eight with 1:14 on the clock. Cam Wiley pushed the lead back to 10 with a layup right before the half.
• Hopkins quickly sliced the 10-point halftime deficit in half with five straight points from Gardner, capped by a three at the 18:32-mark. Swarthmore answered with a quick 7-0 run and just like that the Garnet led 43-31. A Daniel Vila dunk and a Doran free throw pulled the Blue Jays back within nine. But once again Swarthmore answered as the home team pushed out to a 48-34 lead on five straight points from Harkins. The Garnet looked ready to run away with this one, but that Flannery three-pointer with 13:46 to play sparked that 17-7 run that kept the Jays in the game.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 76-38 all-time against Swarthmore as the Garnet win their second straight in the series.
• Tonight’s game was Hopkins’ third this season against a ranked opponent, as the Jays are 1-2 in those games.
Inside the Box Score
• Gardner finished with a game-high-tying 19 points, as four Blue Jays finished in double figures, to go with a game-high five assists. Freshman Conner Delaney finished with 13 points, all in the second half, and three helpers. Vila and Doran chipped in 12 points apiece and Doran and Kern grabbed seven rebounds each.
• Vila also had three blocked shots and now has 83 for his career to rank 10th in program history.
• Wiley and Shafer finished with 19 points apiece to lead Swarthmore. Wiley and Zac O’Dell each had nine rebounds. Zack Yonda added 15 points while Harkins scored 14, including four three-pointers.
• Hopkins returns to Goldfarb Gym and hosts Haverford in the 17th annual Wall-O’Mahony game. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 13.