Johns Hopkins Defeats Washington College, 68-59
• Score: Johns Hopkins-68, Washington College-59
• Records: JHU (12-4, 6-3 CC) • WC (5-11, 2-7 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: Freshman Joey Kern scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball to a 68-59 win over visiting Washington College Wednesday night.
How it Happened
• Though Hopkins led wire-to-wire and led by as much as 16, this one came down to the very end. With their lead cut to just four with 1:22 to play, the Blue Jays went 1-of-2 on three straight trips to the free throw line before getting an uncontested layup by junior Michael Gardner to secure the win.
• Hopkins jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held visiting Washington College without a field goal for the game’s first 5:42. After their slow start, the Shoremen pulled within four on an Austin Allen jumper. Sophomore Harry O’Neil got two points off the glass on the next possession to spark a 9-2 Blue Jay run. Freshman Conner Delaney capped the run with a jumper in the paint and JHU led 17-6 with 10:46 to go in the half.
• The teams traded buckets over the next two minutes and it was a nine-point game after a Mike Winterburn layup for Washington College. Delaney pushed the lead back to double digits with a bucket from downtown and junior Daniel Vila followed with a free throw to put Hopkins up 23-10.
• Tas Dixon answered with four straight free throws to trim the Blue Jays’ lead to nine at the 6:04-mark. Freshman Joey Kern ended the run with a three-pointer and junior Joey Fitzpatrick followed with a layup to put JHU on top 28-14 just 68 seconds later.
• The teams traded scoring possessions over the final five minutes and the half ended with a Chris Groetsch three-pointer to give Hopkins a 35-19 lead at the break.
• The Shoremen came out hot to start the second, scoring seven unanswered to slice the lead to nine with 15:53 to play. Dixon did most of the damage, accounting for five of the Shoremen’s seven points. O’Neil ended the run by scoring five unanswered for the Blue Jays up 40-26 with 14:35 remaining.
• Washington College trimmed the lead to 10 with a Dallas Marshall layup and a pair of free throws from Barry McCormick. O’Neil once again answered, sinking a pair of free throws to ignite a 7-1 Blue Jay run that saw the lead swell back to 16 with 11:45 on the clock.
• The Shoremen responded with a 9-2 run, that spanned more than three minutes, and made it a nine-point game on Allen’s jumper with 8:29 to go. The Blue Jays came back with four consecutive free throws to push their lead back to 13.
• The double-digit lead didn’t last long. Washington College went on a 9-2 spurt, capped by an Allen jumper at the 4:35-mark and it was a 55-49 game. O’Neil got a bucket in the paint to make it an eight-point game.
• The teams then traded three-pointers over four possessions and Hopkins led 63-58 with 2:49 to go. Dallas Marshall then hit a pair of free throws and Dixon hit a layup to slice the lead to just four with 1:22 on the clock. Hopkins was able to get just enough points from the free throw line and a bucket from Gardner to secure the win.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 78-61 all-time against Washington College and wins its fourth straight in the series.
• The win is the 12th for head coach Josh Loeffler at Hopkins, the most wins by a first-year head coach in program history.
Inside the Box Score
• Kern led all scorers with his 16 points while also grabbing a game-high three steals. O’Neil went 5-of-6 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line to finish with 15 points. Delaney also finished in double figures, scoring 13 points and grabbing a team-best seven boards.
• Dixon paced the Shoremen with 15 points while Marshall chipped in 12 points. Allen finished with 13 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
• Hopkins hits the road on Saturday as the Blue Jays travel to Allentown, PA to take on the Muhlenberg Mules. Tip-off at Memorial Hall is slated for 4:00 pm.