Johns Hopkins Tops Haverford, 69-43, in Wall-O'Mahony Game
• Score: Johns Hopkins-69, Haverford-43
• Records: JHU (11-4, 5-3 CC) • HC (6-9, 2-6 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team held visiting Haverford to just 18 second half points en route to a 69-43 win in the 17th annual Wall-O’Mahony Game.
How it Happened
• It was a close game early as both teams struggled offensively and there were three lead changes and one tie in the opening six minutes.
• After a Joe Scibelli jumper gave Haverford a 5-3 lead, sophomore Harry O’Neil put back his own miss to even the score. On the Blue Jays’ next possession, he got two points off the glass to put the home team on top for the first time in the game. The lead didn’t last long as a Joe Hartman fast-break bucket knotted the score at 7-7 with 14:18 to go in the half.
• O’Neil came back with another bucket in the paint to give the Blue Jays back the lead, for good as it turned out. Junior Joey Fitzpatrick followed with a pair of free throws and Hopkins led 11-7 at the 13:28-mark. Jesse Turkson answered with a bucket on the other end, but four straight points from freshman Conner Delaney pushed the lead to six less than a minute later.
• Later in the half, Hopkins led 19-14 after Hartman sank a three-pointer for the Fords. Senior Kyle Doran answered with a three of his own for the Jays to kick-start a 14-4 run that saw the lead grow to 15 in less than six minutes. Junior Michael Gardner capped the run with a fast-break layup after a Joey Kern steal and five different Blue Jays scored during the run.
• Haverford answered with a 9-2 run, that bridged halftime and saw Hopkins’ lead trimmed to just eight with 19:18 to play. Gardner came right back with a bucket from downtown and the Blue Jays were off and running on a 16-5 run. Doran put the punctuation on the run with a bucket in the paint to put JHU up 54-32 with 8:20 to play. Six different players scored during the run for Hopkins, which was fueled by triples from Gardner, Delaney and freshman Chris Groetsch.
• Back-to-back buckets from Jonathan Lang and Scibelli cut the deficit to 18 less than two minutes later, but a fast-break layup by Groetsch quickly pushed the lead back into the 20s. The lead would not dip below the 20 in the final six and a half minutes.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 73-38 all-time against Haverford, including 37-8 at Goldfarb Gym.
• The Wall-O’Mahony Game is played annually in honor of Glen Wall and Matt O’Mahony. The pair were teammates on the Hopkins men’s basketball team and died in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. At the conclusion of the game each year, an MVP is awarded to a member of each team. O’Neil earned the honor for the Blue Jays, while Jesse Turkson did for the Fords.
Inside the Box Score
• Delaney led the Blue Jays with a career-best 17 points, to go with five rebounds, three assists and two steals. O’Neil tied his career-high with 16 points while also grabbing six boards.
• Groetsch also tied his high with 11 points, all in the second half, as he shot 4-of-5 from the field.
• Turkson led the Fords with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Fords shot just 30.5 percent from the field, including 14.3 percent from three-point.
• This is the third time this season that Hopkins has held an opponent to 46 points or fewer. The Blue Jays entered the game ranked 10th in the nation in scoring defense at just 62.9 points allowed per game. This is also the fourth time this season that JHU has held an opponent to less than 35.0 percent from the field.
• Hopkins returns to Goldfarb Gym on Wednesday, January 17 to take on Washington College. Tip-off for the Centennial Conference contest is slated for 8:00 pm.