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Bugarinovic, Spengler Pace Hopkins in Win over Swarthmore

Freshman George Bugarinovic scored a career-high 19 points Thursday.

Jan. 12, 2012

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BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins got 19 points apiece from junior Adam Spengler and freshman George Bugarinovic en route to a 70-61 win over Swarthmore in Centennial Conference action Thursday night at Goldfarb Gym. The Blue Jays win their second straight to improve to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the conference. The Garnet meanwhile, fall to 1-13 overall and 1-6 in the Centennial.

Leading by just three at the break, Hopkins opened the half on a 9-0 run to take a 12 lead, with Spengler and Bugarinovic accounting for all nine points. Jordan Martinez answered with five straight points for the Garnet and Hopkins led 38-29 with 15:49 to play. Hopkins came right back with an 11-4, fueled by five straight points from Bugarinovic and capped by a fast-break layup from junior Mike Rhoads, and the lead was 49-33.

The teams traded buckets over the next six-and-a half minutes, as Hopkins couldn't push its lead to more than 17. The Blue Jays made four straight free throws to from Spengler and sophomore Daniel Corbett to make it a 62-45 game with 4:23 to play. The Garnet then began chipping away at the deficit, putting together a 10-1 run, to make it an eight-point game with 68 seconds on the clock. Martinez and Jay Kober did the bulk of the work, scoring seven points in the spurt to make it a game. The visitors could get no closer, however as Hopkins went 7-of-8 from the line in the final minute to seal the win.

It was back and forth over the game's opening 10 minutes as neither team could build more than a five-point lead. Rhoads answered a Will Gates' three-pointer with one of his own to put Hopkins on top 13-11 at 10:09 in the first. Sophomore Aleksandar Nikolic and freshman Jimmy Hammer followed with buckets in the pain and the Blue Jays led by six.

Following an Alex Pandrangi layup at 3:51 that made it a 23-18 game, Swarthmore got consecutive jumpers from Michael Giannangeli and Gates to make it a one-point game less than a minute later. Bugarinovic pushed the lead back to five with back-to-back layups, before a Martinez jumper as time expired gave Hopkins a 27-24 lead at the half.

Spengler went 4-of-6 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the line to finish with 19 points. He made three straight triples in the game before missing on his fourth attempt. That miss snapped a streak of nine straight made three-pointers for the junior. Bugarinovic's 19 points are a career high as he also finished with a game-high eight rebounds. Gates scored a game-high 21 points for the Garnet, though he was held to just five in the second half. Martinez finished with 18 points, 16 of those coming in the second half, while Kober also chipped in 10. Hopkins won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Swarthmore, 40-27, as the Blue Jays got 16 second-chance points off 14 offensive rebounds.

Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, January 14 as the Blue Jays visit Haverford at Gooding Arena. Tip for the Centennial Conference match-up is slated for a 3:00 pm start.