Liddic Powers Muhlenberg Past Johns Hopkins, 54-48
Jan. 29, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - Spencer Liddic scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead host Muhlenberg to a 54-48 win over Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon. The loss is the fifth straight for the Blue Jays as they fall to 4-15 overall and 2-10 in the Centennial Conference. The Mules meanwhile, win their third straight and improve to 11-8 and 7-5 in the conference.
Trailing by five with 14:53 to play in the second half, Hopkins got a three-pointer from freshman Daniel Corbett and a jumper from sophomore Mike Rhoads to tie the game at 34-34 for the first time since 10:12 in the first half. The Mules responded with a 16-2 run fueled by eight points from Liddic to take a 50-36 lead. Hopkins responded with a run of its own, trimming the deficit to just four with one minute to play. An Adam Spengler layup and a triple from sophomore Pat Wildes got things going for the Blue Jays. Sophomore Sean Wildes punctuated the run with a 20-foot jumper to make it a 52-48 game. With time ticking down on the Mules' ensuing possession, Liddic found Kevin Hargrove under the basket for a layup to push their lead to six. Hopkins got three shots off over the final 30 seconds, but none could find the mark.
The first 20 minutes were back-and-forth as neither team could pull away. Hopkins led by three at 15:51 after a John Alberici layup. But a three-pointer from Evan Tozer and a conventional three-point play from Liddic swung the lead back to Muhlenberg's favor. Junior Tim McCarty answered with a three-point play of his own, followed by a jumper from Sean Wildes and the Blue Jays led 11-9. Hargrove and Sean Wildes traded buckets over the next two possessions and the Blue Jays led 13-11.
O'Hara hit from downtown to put the Mules back on top and start a 7-2 run that saw Muhlenberg take an 18-15 lead. Hopkins put together another run, this one a 9-2 run, to take a four-point lead with 1:52 to play in the half. Four different Blue Jays scored during the run, capped by a bucket from downtown by Spengler. But Muhlenberg sandwiched three-pointers by Justin Greenstone and Tozer around a free throw from freshman Aleksandar Nikolic and the Mules took a 26-25 lead into the lockerroom.
Muhlenberg put up four quick points coming out of the half to take a five-point lead. But back-to-back buckets from McCarty and Sean Wildes made it just a one-point game at 17:26. Hargrove and Liddic combined to push the lead back to five before Corbett's triple and Rhoads' bucket tied the game at 34-34.
Spengler led the Blue Jays with 10 points, just one off his career high, while Sean Wildes had a career-high eight points. Nikolic tied his career-high with three blocks and McCarty had a team-high eight rebounds. Liddic was the only Mule to finish in double figures with his game-high 20 points.
Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, February 2 as Gettysburg visits Goldfarb Gym. The Centennial Conference match-up is set to tip at 8:00 pm.