Doran and O'Neil Lead Johns Hopkins to 64-51 Win Over McDaniel
• Score: Johns Hopkins-64, McDaniel-51
• Records: JHU (14-4, 8-3 CC) • MC (4-14, 1-10 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: Senior Kyle Doran, junior Michael Gardner and sophomore Harry O’Neil combined for 47 points to lead the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team to a 64-51 win over visiting McDaniel Thursday night.
How it Happened
• Hopkins jumped out to a 15-9 lead by the 13:46-mark, thanks in part to seven points from Doran. McDaniel answered with a quick 6-3 spurt to make it an 18-12 game just over two minutes later.
• The Blue Jays then got three points from O’Neil and an uncontested layup for freshman Joey Kern to take a 23-12 lead with 9:14 to play and prompt a Green Terror timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the visitors rattled off 10 straight points, all from Austin Cannon and Josh McWilliams, to slice the deficit to just one with 5:17 on the clock.
• Kern ended the run with a three-pointer from the wing and then Gardner followed with one from the corner and just like that JHU was up 29-22. McWilliams got a layup on the other end to stem the tide. But a 7-2 run for the Blue Jays, with O’Neil accounting for all seven points, gave Hopkins a 36-26 lead at the half.
• Hopkins came out firing to start the second half with a pair of triples from Gardner and a third from Doran to stake the Jays to a 45-26 lead just 1:45 into the period. The Green Terror twice cut the lead to 16 with buckets from Cannon and McWilliams, but each time the Blue Jays answered.
• Junior Noah Ralby gave Hopkins a 50-32 lead with 12:55 to play but McDaniel answered with a 7-0 run to make it an 11-point game midway through the half. JHU answered with a 7-0 run of its own, with five of those points coming from the free throw line, to go up 57-39 at the 5:32-mark.
• The Green Terror kept battling and got back-to-back buckets from McWilliams, including a deep three to beat the shot clock, to pull within 13. The Blue Jays had one more run in them, going on a 7-3 spurt to go up 64-47 with 2:19 to play. That last run would secure the win for the home team as they went on to win 64-51.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 86-77-1 all-time against McDaniel, including 32-14 at Goldfarb Gym. The Blue Jays have won the last four meetings and seven of the last nine.
Inside the Box Score
• Doran finished with 17 points and tied for the team-high with five boards. O’Neil tied his career high with 16 points, going 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line.
• Gardner added 14 points as three Blue Jays finished in double figures
• Freshman Conner Delaney finished with six assists and now has 70 for the season. He is just the second freshman in program history to hand out 70 assists in a season. Delaney also pulled down five rebounds and had a pair of steals.
• McWilliams led all scorers with 22 points, including four three-pointers, and six rebounds. Cannon added 13 points to go with five assists. DJ Harper chipped in 10 points and grabbed six boards.
• This marks the seventh time this season that Hopkins has held its opponent to 55 points or fewer.
• Hopkins travels to Collegeville, PA on Saturday to take on Ursinus. Tip-off at Helfferich Hall is slated for 3:00 pm.