Dickinson Tops Johns Hopkins, 61-57
• Score: Dickinson-61, Johns Hopkins-57
• Records: JHU (14-7, 10-4 CC) • DC (12-9, 9-5 CC)
• Location: Carlisle, PA • Kline Center
• The Short Story: Host Dickinson used a 21-6 run midway through the second half to take control of the game on the way to a 61-57 win over the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team Saturday afternoon. The loss snaps the Blue Jays’ seven-game win streak.
How it Happened
• The teams got off to a slow start and Hopkins led 6-5 with 14:20 to play in the first half. Mike Hinckley and Michael Jurzynski sandwiched buckets around a three from senior Ryan Curran to make it a 9-9 game at the 13:06-mark.
• Sophomore Michael Gardner put the Blue Jays back on top with a layup. That basket sparked a 13-5 run that saw Hopkins go up 22-14 with 8:02 on the clock. Five different players scored during the run, which was capped by a pair of free throws from freshman Harry O’Neil.
• Dickinson cut the deficit in half with jumper from Moses Romocki and two free throws from Bryce Allen at 6:44. But six straight points by the visitors pushed the lead to 10 three minutes later. Elijah Wright converted a three-point play to make it a seven-point game, but back-to-back buckets from junior Kyle Doran and Gardner pushed it back to 11. Allen had the final say of the half with a runner in the lane to beat the buzzer. Hopkins took a 32-23 lead into the half.
• The second half started much the same as the first and the Blue Jays led 37-27 following a conventional three-point play by graduate student Sam Gordon. Jurzynski answered with a pair of free throws on the other end, but a bucket by Gordon at 14:24 put JHU up 39-29.
• The Red Devils quickly made it a four-point game with six unanswered points. Doran ended the spurt when he made one of two from the line, but Hinckley sank both of his on the other end to trim the lead to three.
• Gardner doubled the Blue Jays’ led with a three-pointer that beat the shot clock at the 11:26-mark. But a Harrison Brown jumper ignited a 13-2 Devils’ run that saw the home team take a 50-45 lead with 7:21 to play.
• The teams traded buckets and it was a three-point game just 83 seconds later. Justus Melton then hit one of two from the charity stripe, followed by a fast-break dunk by Jule Brown and a Melton jumper pushed the lead to eight.
• The Blue Jays got buckets from Curran and Gordon to slice the deficit in half with 1:40 to play. Allen drove to the basket and got two points back for Dickinson. Graduate student Austin Vasiliadis then hit two of three shots from the line with 45.9 seconds remaining to make it 59-55 Red Devils. Allen sealed the win with another drive-and-score to push the lead back to six. Hopkins got back within two with a Gordon bucket in the paint 8.6 to go, but that would do it for the game.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 45-35 all-time against Dickinson as the Red Devils have won six straight in the series. The Red Devils sweep the season series against the Blue Jays.
• Hopkins could have clinched a Centennial Conference Tournament berth with a win after Muhlenberg’s loss this afternoon.
• The loss snaps the Blue Jays’ seven-game win streak, which started after a loss to Dickinson on January 10.
Inside the Box Score
• Doran and Gardner led the game with 13 points apiece and Doran grabbed 10 boards to post his second double-double of the season. Gordon also finished in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds.
• Wright led the Red Devils with 12 points while Melton added 11.
• Hopkins shot 52.2 percent in the first half and just 36.0 percent in the second half. The reverse was true for Dickinson, which shot just 36.4 percent in the first and 60.0 percent in the second.
• Johns Hopkins continues its tough three-game road swing on Wednesday as the Blue Jays visit the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats. Tip-off at the Mayser Center is slated for 7:30 pm.