Jan. 24, 2009
CARLISLE, PA - Johns Hopkins got 14 points each from junior Andrew Farber-Miller (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) and sophomore Mike Henrici (Wayne, PA/Conestoga) en route to a 62-58 win at Dickinson on Saturday. The win pushes the Blue Jays' record to 11-5 overall and 6-3 in Centennial Conference action. The Red Devils slip to 7-7 overall and 2-7 in the conference. Hopkins remains in sole possession of fourth place in the conference with a three-way tie atop the standings between Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg and McDaniel.
Trailing 32-31 with 16:42 to play in the second half, senior Collin Kamm (Avon, NJ/St. Rose) drained a three-pointer to ignite a 12-4 run as Hopkins pushed out to an eight-point lead at 44-35 lead. Kamm chipped in six points during the run, while freshman Leland O'Connor (Philadelphia, PA/William Penn Charter) capped the run with a triple of his own at 12:06 in the second.
Dickinson called timeout and coming out of the break, Matt Dolan drained a jumper, kick starting a 13-4 run as the home team rallied to take a two-point lead at 48-46 with 8:19 remaining. Tom Leszczynski led the charge for the Red Devils with five points, while Dolan added four. Senior Scott Weisenfeld (Mt. Kisco, NY/Horace-Greeley) tied the game for the fifth time with a bucket in the paint. Hopkins then took the lead for good on a three-pointer from senior Phil Beggans (Ocean, NJ/Ocean).
Leszczynski sandwiched a pair of buckets around a Henrici jumper and the Blue Jays led by one with 5:09 to play. That would be as close as Dickinson would get as the Red Devils were forced to foul down the stretch. Though Hopkins' last field goal came with 2:57 remaining, the Blue Jays went 5-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute to seal the win.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw five lead changes and two ties as Hopkins took a one-point lead at 27-26 into the lockerroom. Dickinson took a 10-8 lead on an old-fashioned three-point play from Kizmahr Grell with 12:28 to play. The Red Devils held that lead, pushing it to as much as six, until a three-pointer from Beggans gave the lead to the visitors with 3:32 to play. Dickinson tied it up and then took the lead on a pair of back-to-back baskets from Leszczynski and Cory Kenny. Freshman Sean O'Connor (New Rochelle, NY/Regis) then nailed a bucket from downtown with 58 ticks remaining in the half to give Hopkins the 27-26 lead heading into the break.
Henrici's 14 points were a career-high as the sophomore went 6-of-10 from the floor with three rebounds. Farber-Miller led the Blue Jays on the boards with nine rebounds. Weisenfeld dished a game-high six assists, giving him 173 for his career and moving him into 15th place all-time in program history. He also grabbed a game and season-high four steals, tied for the most this season by a Blue Jay. Leszczynski led the Red Devils with a double-double, punching up game highs in points (18) and rebounds (14). Grell also finished in double figures with 12 points.
The Blue Jays shot 49.0 percent from the field for the game, including 54.2 percent in the second half. Hopkins was hot from downtown, shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, nailing six triples. Dickinson matched Hopkins effort in the second half, shooting 52.6 percent from the field, after shooting just 19.4 percent in the first.
Hopkins returns to action on Monday as the Blue Jays travel north to Gettysburg, PA to take on the Bullets in Centennial Conference action. Tip-off at Bream Gymnasium is slated for 8:00 pm.