Johns Hopkins Bests Gettysburg, 73-63, Behind Gardner's 21
• Score: Johns Hopkins-73, Gettysburg-63
• Records: JHU (16-4, 10-3 CC) • GC (5-15, 3-10 CC)
• Location: Gettysburg, PA • Bream Gym
• The Short Story: Junior Michael Gardner scored 21 points to lead the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team to a 73-63 win at Gettysburg Wednesday night.
How it Happened
• Gettysburg used a 14-5 run to trim a 15-point deficit to just six with 6:09 to play. Cameron Stewart capped the run with a bucket in the paint to make it 57-51. Coming out of a Hopkins timeout, Gardner hit from downtown to put the Blue Jays up nine. Sophomore Harry O’Neil and freshman Conner Delaney then went one-of-two from the line each and Hopkins led 62-51 with 4:06 on the clock.
• Stewart answered with a pair of free throws to cut the lead back to single digits just 22 seconds later. Hopkins responded with a fast-break bucket from Gardner and a pair of Kyle Doran free throws. Gettysburg kept battling and got six points in a span of just 22 seconds from Nick Antolini and Stewart to make it a seven-point game with 2:09 to play.
• The Blue Jays were able to seal this one at the free throw line as Doran and Delaney combined to go 7-of-7 in the final 67 seconds.
• Hopkins came out of the gate firing, draining three straight three-pointers to take an early 9-0 lead. The Blue Jays pushed their lead to 12 (16-4) by the 12:58-mark and looked like they would run away with this one. The Bullets weren’t going down without a fight however. Chris Jack hit a 15-footer to spark a 7-1 spurt that saw the lead trimmed to just six less than two minutes later.
• Back-to-back three-pointers from Gardner and Delaney quickly doubled the lead at the midway point of the half. The Bullets answered with buckets from Danny Duffey and Stewart to make it a 23-15 game. Gardner came back with another three to push the advantage to double digits, but consecutive triples from Stewart and Duffey made it a 26-21 game.
• O’Neil hit one of two shots from the line to push the lead back to six with 7:19 to go. But a Nick Lord fast-break layup and a three-point play by Matt England saw the lead sliced to just one two minutes later. Delaney ended the mini-run with a pull-up jumper at 4:41, but that would prove to be the Blue Jays’ last bucket of the half.
• England tied the game with a three-pointer with 2:00 to play and then gave the Bullets their first lead, 31-29, with a fast-break layup with just 3.7 ticks on the clock.
• Delaney opened the second with a pair of free throws to tie the game. Gardner then hit from downtown to grab the lead back for Hopkins and junior Daniel Vila staked JHU to a 36-31 lead with a layup at 17:17. Antolini and Duffey sandwiched baskets around a Vila layup and it was 38-35 just 90 seconds later.
• O’Neil followed with a bucket in the paint to ignite a 12-0 Hopkins run that saw the lead balloon to 15 with 11:08 to play. O’Neil fueled the run by scoring seven of the 12, including the last five points. Stewart ended a five-and-a-half-minute scoring drought for the Bullets with a jumper, but a pair of Jesse Flannery free throws up Hopkins up 52-37.
• Duffey answered with an old-fashioned three-point play to spark that 14-5 run that saw the Bullets pull within six with just over six minutes to play.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 38-57 all-time against Gettysburg and sweeps the season series. The Blue Jays have won three straight and seven of the last nine meetings with the Bullets. This is Hopkins’ first win at Bream Gym since a 68-52 win on December 2, 2014.
• Head coach Josh Loeffler picks up his 16th win at Hopkins, tying the Centennial Conference record for wins by a first-year head coach.
Inside the Box Score
• Gardner was tied for the game-high with 21 points, his fifth 20-point game of the season. Eighteen of his points came from downtown and it was his fourth game with four or more three-pointers this season. Doran finished with 13 points and a game-high-tying six rebounds and a career-best four assists.
• Delaney chipped in 12 points and handed out a game-high seven assists, to go with five rebounds. He had a combined 15 assists in two games versus the Bullets this season. O’Neil also scored in double figures, finishing with 11 points.
• Stewart led the Bullets with 21 points, while Duffey added 12 points and three assists. England totaled 10 points and a team-best four assists.
• Hopkins held an opponent to under 65 points for the 16th time this season.
For the Record
• Gardner’s first three of the game, which came at the 17:21-mark of the first half, was the 100th of his career. He is just the 14th player in program history to reach the mark.
• With 15:58 to play in the second half, Delaney handed out his fifth assist of the game and 78th of the season. That assist broke David Eikenberg’s record for assists by a freshman (77), set in 1987-88. This was his sixth game with five or more assists this season.
• Hopkins returns to Goldfarb Gym and hosts Dickinson on Saturday, February 3. Tip-off for the Centennial Conference contest is slated for 2:00 pm.