Doran's 25 Lifts Johns Hopkins to 75-56 Win at Ursinus
• Score: Johns Hopkins-75, Ursinus-56
• Records: JHU (15-4, 9-3 CC) • UC (13-6, 9-3 CC)
• Location: Collegeville, PA • Helfferich Hall
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team got a career-best 25 points and 13 rebounds from senior Kyle Doran in a 75-56 win over host Ursinus Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• This was a tight one early on, as the lead changed hands 10 times and there were three lead changes in the opening 10:41. Tied at 17 with 9:19 to play in the first half, sophomore Harry O’Neil hit a layup to spark a 14-3 run that saw the Blue Jays lead swell to 14 by the 2:18-mark. Four different players combined to score the 17 points during the run Hopkins as took a 34-20 lead.
• Zach Quattro sank a three for Ursinus with 1:58 to play, to make it an 11-point game. But freshman Conner Delaney answered with back-to-back threes to stake JHU to a 40-23 lead just 55 seconds later. Quattro and freshman Joey Fitzpatrick traded buckets in the closing 34 seconds as the Blue Jays went into the half with a 42-25 lead.
• Junior Michael Gardner hit one of two free throws to open the half and Doran followed with a layup to push Hopkins’ lead to 20 at the 17:16-mark. Brian Rafferty answered with two shots from the line to make it 45-27. But the Blue Jays once again answered, as Gardner drained a jumper and Doran followed with six straight points to push the lead to 26 with 13:57 to play.
• Though there was still more than 13 minutes to play, that run seemed to secure the win for Hopkins. The Blue Jays led by as much as 27 and kept the lead above 20 until the 2:04-mark and a Joseph LoStracco three-pointer.
What it Means
• Hopkins earns a season split with Ursinus and is now tied with the Bears for third in the Centennial Conference. The Blue Jays improve to 52-46 in the series and earn their fifth straight win in Helfferich Hall.
• Head coach Josh Loeffler now has 15 wins in his first season with the Blue Jays. He is now tied for second in Centennial Conference history for wins by a first-year coach.
Inside the Box Score
• Doran finished with game and career-highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds. It was his first double-double of the season for the Blue Jays and the third of his career.
• Delaney also hit a career-high, scoring 19 points to go along with three assists and two steals. Gardner was the third Blue Jay to score in double figures, finishing with 12.
• Quattro was the only player to finish in double figures for the Bears as he finished with 10.
• Hopkins held Ursinus to more than 24 point below its season average (80.2 ppg). It is the fewest points scored by the Bears since January 16, 2016 – a 76-54 loss to the Blue Jays.
• The Blue Jays have now won five in a row while snapping the Bears’ eight-game winning streak. This was Ursinus’ first loss in 2018.
• Hopkins is back on the road on Wednesday, January 31 as the Blue Jays visit the Gettysburg Bullets. Tip-off at Bream Gymnasium is slated for 8:00 pm.