Feb. 1, 2012
GETTYSBURG, PA - The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team held host Gettysburg to just eight first half points en route to a 57-45 win over the Bullets in Centennial Conference action Wednesday night. The Blue Jays snap their five-game losing streak to improve to 11-9 overall and 7-6 in the conference to stay alive in the playoff hunt. The Bullets fall to 9-11 on the season and 6-7 in the Centennial Conference.
The Blue Jays win at Bream Gymnasium for the first time since January 5, 2005, snapping a six-game losing streak at the Battlefield. Hopkins also sweeps the season series for the first time since the 2003-04 season. Hopkins held Gettysburg to under 50 points for the second straight meeting and it is the fourth time this season that the Blue Jays have held an opponent under 50 points.
After a back-and-forth opening six minutes, the Blue Jays finally got going. Trailing by four, freshman Jimmy Hammer drained a three-pointer to ignite a 22-0 run to end the half and give Hopkins a 26-8 lead at the break. After a Connor McIntyre free throw tied the game at eight apiece with 12:18 to play, freshman George Bugarinovic hit a bucket in the paint to put Hopkins on top. As it turned out, the Blue Jays would not trail again for the remainder of the game.
Senior Tim McCarty then hit back-to-back buckets followed by another Hammer triple and the lead was nine at the 5:30 mark. Hopkins would score nine points in the final three minutes, with four points in the final minute from Bugarinovic, to go into the half with an 18-point lead. The Blue Jay defense held the Bullets to 0-of-10 shooting from the field with eight turnovers in the final 14 minutes as they made their run.
The Bullets made as many field goals in the opening five minutes of the second half as they did in the entire first half but six straight free throws and a three-pointer from sophomore Daniel Corbett during the same stretch and the Blue Jays led 35-18.
Trailing 39-18 with 13:08 to play, Gettysburg began chipping away at the deficit. Benjamin Constable put up four straight points to ignite an 11-2 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Sean Gordon, to make it a nine-point game four minutes later. But that's as close as the Bullets could get. Leading 45-36 with 6:19 to play, the Blue Jays put together a 10-4 spurt to go back up by 15 with just 38 seconds on the clock and went on to win 57-45. Though Hopkins was held to just one field goal in the final five minutes, four different Blue Jays combined to go 9-of-11 from the free throw line to keep the Bullets at bay.
McCarty led three Blue Jays in double digits with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds. Bugarinovic punched up 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Corbett finished with 10. Derek Brooks led Gettysburg with 11 points, while Constable chipped in 10. Alex Zurn pulled down seven boards and dished out a game-high five assists for the Bullets.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, February 4 as the Blue Jays travel to Tarble Pavilion to take on the Swarthmore Garnet. Tip off for the Centennial Conference tilt is slated for 3:00 pm.