Johns Hopkins Hands Dickinson 62-52 Defeat
• Score: Johns Hopkins-62, Dickinson-52
• Records: JHU (17-4, 11-3 CC) • DC (12-9, 8-6 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: Senior Kyle Doran and junior Michael Gardner combined for 34 points to lead the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team to a 62-52 win over Dickinson Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• Leading 47-30, Hopkins saw its lead trimmed to just seven in less than six minutes. Chris McNeal and Jon Stenger hit back-to-back threes, the first of the game for Dickinson, to spark a 12-2 run. Mike Hinckley then put a cap on the run with a pull-up jumper at the 6:52-mark.
• On the ensuing possession, Doran hit both of his shots from the charity stripe to kick start a 7-0 Blue Jay run. Gardner followed with a jumper and then freshman Conner Delaney hit one of two free throws. Doran book-ended the run with two free throws and the Blue Jays led 56-42 with 5:12 to play.
• The Red Devils weren’t going away however. Sam Lorenzo drained a shot from downtown and Hinckley converted an old-fashioned three-point play and just like that the lead was eight with 2:34 on the clock. Freshman Joey Kern pushed the lead back to double-digits with a steal and fast-break layup.
• Hinckley then sandwiched buckets around a pair of Jesse Flannery free throws and it was 60-52 Hopkins with 53 ticks on the clock. Flannery would hit two more free throws with 36 seconds to go to seal this one for the Blue Jays.
• Hopkins had a slow start as Dickinson led 7-2 at the 15:44-mark after a three-point play by Bryce Allen. Gardner and Doran then hit four straight free throws to pull the Jays within one. Justus Melton answered with three free throws to push the Red Devils’ lead back to four.
• The teams traded scoring possessions before buckets by junior Noah Ralby and Kern made it a tie game with 10:08 to play. Dickinson answered with a four-point spurt of its own with buckets from Hinckley and Moses Romocki to go up 18-14.
• Doran hit a layup with 8:47 to play to ignite a 15-0 run that saw Hopkins take a 29-18 lead less than seven minutes later. Five different Blue Jays scored during the run, which was fueled by three straight threes from Doran, Delaney and Ralby. McNeal ended the run with three free throws at the 1:01-mark. The kick-started an 8-1 Red Devils’ run that bridged halftime and made it a four-point game.
• The Blue Jays answered with another extended run, this one a 17-4 run that put the home team up 47-30 with 12:27 to play.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 47-35 all-time against Dickinson and sweeps the season series for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
• Head coach Josh Loeffler picks up his 17th win with the Blue Jays, the most wins by a first-year head coach in Centennial Conference history.
Inside the Box Score
• Gardner led all scorers with 18 points while Doran posted his second double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Delaney chipped in eight points, two assists and three steals.
• Junior Daniel Vila grabbed eight rebounds as Hopkins outrebounded Dickinson, 39-28. Flannery had a game-high four steals.
• Hinckley led the Red Devils with 14 points and six rebounds and McNeal chipped in 10.
• Hopkins held Dickinson to just 52 points, the 14th time the Jays have held an opponent to 60 points or fewer. The 52 points are the Red Devils’ fewest points since a 47-42 win over Gettysburg on December 7, 2016.
• Hopkins is back at Goldfarb Gym on Wednesday, February 7 to take on 23rd-ranked Franklin & Marshall. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 pm.