Johns Hopkins Upends #20 Franklin & Marshall, 89-86, in Double OT
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Feb. 7, 2018
Score: Johns Hopkins-89, #20 Franklin & Marshall-86 (2OT)
Records: JHU (17-4, 11-3 CC) FMC (18-3, 12-2 CC)
Location: Baltimore, MD Goldfarb Gym
The Short Story: Freshman Conner Delaney scored a game and career-high 26 points to lead the Johns Hopkins men's basketball team to an 89-86 double overtime win over 20th-ranked Franklin & Marshall Wednesday night.
How it Happened
Brandon Federici drained a pull-up jumper at the 11:38-mark to spark an 8-0 Franklin & Marshall run that gave the Dips a 19-6 lead just three minutes later. A pair of Conner Delaney free throws ended the run and kick-started a 7-0 run for the Blue Jays. Senior Kyle Doran followed with an old-fashioned three-point play and then Delaney hit a layup to make it a six-point game.
The Diplomats answered with another run, this one of the 12-3 variety, as they pushed out to a 31-16 lead with 4:00 still to play in the half. The teams traded scoring possessions over the remainder of the half and Franklin & Marshall took a 37-23 lead into the break.
The Blue Jays came out firing to start the second half, scoring nine unanswered to slice the deficit to just five by the 16:34-mark. Four different Blue Jays scored during the run, which was capped by a Joey Fitzpatrick layup. Federici got the Diplomats on the board with a jumper and then a pair of free throws to push the lead back to nine just 68 seconds later. Hopkins came right back with a pair of Daniel Vila free throws and a Michael Gardner jumper to make it 41-36.
Franklin & Marshall once again answered, getting a layup from Lionel Owona and a three from Federici to stake the visitors to a 46-36 lead with 13:33 to play in the half. Sophomore Joey Kern hit a three from the corner 20 seconds later to ignite an 11-2 run that saw the lead sliced to just one by the 8:15-mark.
Yet again, the Dips had put together a run that saw their lead grow back to seven in a span of just 80 seconds. The Blue Jays responded with buckets from Kern and Gardner and it was 54-51 F&M with 5:47 to play in regulation. The Diplomats came right back with a 8-2 run, fueled by five straight points from Federici, to take a 62-53 lead at the 3:20-mark.
Hopkins then got three straight threes from Doran and Delaney to knot the score at 62-all less than two minutes later. Matthew Tate put the F&M back on top with a pair of shots from the charity stripe, but a Delaney jumper with 56 ticks on the clock made it a tie game. Neither team could convert in the final 50 seconds and they were headed to overtime.
Vila gave Hopkins its first lead of the game when he went one-of-two from the line to open the overtime. Ignas Slyka and Federici then sandwiched buckets around a pair of Vila free throws to stake the Diplomats to a 68-67 lead. Owona followed with a layup and then a one-of-two showing from the line to put the visitors up four at the 1:46-mark.
Less than a minute later the game was tied as Doran and Vila hit back-to-back layups for the Jays. The Dips responded with three of four free throws to go up 76-73 with 16 seconds to go. Gardner once again tied the game with a three from the corner and then a Harry O'Neil block on the other end sent this one to a second overtime.
F&M opened the second overtime with two straight layups to go up 80-76, but less than a minute later it was a tie game on a Kern layup. JC McGrath briefly put the Dips back on top with a pair of free throws, but a Delaney jumper tied the game at 82-all at the 1:38-mark. Delaney then hit one of two free throws and then hit a layup to put the Jays up three.
On the next possession, Mike Rice scored a quick bucket and then the Dips sent Gardner to the line. He sank both free throws and then F&M came up empty on the ensuing possession. Senior Jesse Flannery then went to the charity stripe and sank both his shots to put Hopkins on top 89-84. Rice would get one more bucket to account for the final score.
What it Means
Hopkins improves to 39-64 all-time against Franklin & Marshall, including 17-24 at Goldfarb Gym. It is the first overtime win in the series for the Blue Jays as they were 0-5 entering the game.
With the win, the Blue Jays run their win streak to eight while the Diplomats have their win streak snapped at five.
This is Hopkins' second win this season over a ranked opponent. JHU last beat two ranked teams in the same season in 2014-15.
Inside the Box Score
Delaney led all scorers with a career-best 26 points while tying his career-high with eight assists. Gardner finished with 17 points and Doran posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
Federici led four Diplomats in double figures with 25 points and became the conference's all-time leading scorer with 4:39 to play in regulation.
Owona posted a double-double with 21 points and a game-high 14 points. It is the first double-double allowed by the Blue Jays since January 3, 2017. Slyka and McGrath finished with 12 points apiece.
Hopkins returns to Goldfarb Gym for its final regular season home game and Senior Day on Saturday, February 10. Tip-off against 11th-ranked Swarthmore is slated for 3:00 pm.