Jan. 31, 2009
COLLEGEVILLE, PA - The two teams that have combined to win the last four Centennial Conference titles combined to score 190 points on Saturday at Helfferich Hall. Ursinus prevailed over visiting Johns Hopkins in an offensive showdown, 101-89. With their third straight loss, the Blue Jays fall to 11-8 overall and 6-6 in the Centennial Conference while the Bears improve to 10-9 overall and 6-6 in the conference.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair that saw eight lead changes and four ties, with the largest lead just seven points (at the half). Trailing by one at 25-24 with 8:22 to play in the half, Hopkins got six unanswered points from seniors Scott Weisenfeld (Mt. Kisco, NY/Horace-Greeley) and Collin Kamm (Avon, NJ/St. Rose) and sophomore Mike Henrici (Wayne, PA/Conestoga). Ursinus responded with an 18-6 run to end the half, fueled by a trio of three-pointers from John Noonan and Remy Cousart.
Hopkins came out firing to start the second, quickly cutting the deficit to two with a pair of free throws from Weisenfeld and a triple from senior Phil Beggans (Ocean, NJ/Ocean). Matt Howell pushed the lead back to four with a layup, but it was answered by a Kamm layup to make it a 45-43 game with 18:41 to play. Noonan came right back with a layup for the Bears, igniting a 15-2 run as the home team pushed out to a 60-45 lead. Hopkins cut the deficit back to nine before Ursinus pushed its lead back to 16 points, 73-57, with 8:22 to play.
But the Blue Jays wouldn't go away. Henrici answered an Eric Burnett trey with a pair of free throws as Hopkins went on a 15-5 run to make it a six-point game with 5:22 remaining. Perfect shooting for the Blue Jays highlighted the run, as they went 8-of-8 from the line and 3-of-3 from the field in a three-minute span. The six-point deficit was as close as Hopkins would get as Ursinus drained three-pointers on four consecutive possessions to extend its lead to 16 points. The Blue Jays would cut it back down to nine with some impressive three-point shooting of its own, but a 6-of-8 showing from the line in the final 2:30 would seal the win for Ursinus.
The Blue Jays and the Bears matched each other three-pointer for three-pointer in the final 5:04, with each team hitting five buckets from downtown. The two combined for 25 three-pointers in the game, with Hopkins shooting 40.0 percent (10-of-25) and Ursinus 68.2 percent (15-of-22). The 10 triples for the Blue Jays are the most in a game since they converted 10 at Gettysburg on Dec. 5, 2007. The 15 three-pointers by the Bears are the most for a Blue Jay opponent since the Bears hit 16 on Feb. 28, 2004.
Hopkins finished a perfect 17-of-17 from the line for the game, tying a school record for free throw percentage (minimum 10 attempts) set on March 10, 1990 (21-of-21). The 190 points combined in the game are the most in a regulation game since the Blue Jays and the Bears combined for 208 points on Feb. 28, 2004 (won by Ursinus 107-101).
Beggans led the Blue Jays with a career-high 24 points on the day, going 8-of-12 from the field including 6-of-10 from downtown. Henrici also punched up a career-high, finishing with 20 points and eight boards. Weisenfeld meanwhile posted his first career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 11 assists while also grabbing four steals. He is the first Blue Jay to dish 10 or more assists since Brendan Kamm finished with 10 on Feb. 6, 2002. Weisenfeld now credits 190 assists and 77 steals to rank 15th and 17th respectively in program history. Kamm also finished in double figures, chipping in 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, with four assists. He now has 184 assists to rank 16th behind Weisenfeld.
Ursinus was led by Noonan, who finished with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-7 from downtown. Matt Howell finished with 20 points, while Cousart (19) and Burnett (12) also finished in double figures for the Bears. Cousart also posted a double-double adding a school and Centennial Conference record 18 assists to his 19 points. Ursinus shot 69.2 percent from the field for the game, the first team to shoot better then 65.0 percent in a game against Hopkins since Maryland shot 65.2 percent on Nov. 26, 1983.
Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 4 as it travels to Lancaster, PA to take on Franklin & Marshall. Tip-off from the Mayser Center is slated for 7:30 pm.