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Johns Hopkins Upends #20 Franklin & Marshall, 89-86, in Double OT

Jill Guide
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

Feb. 7, 2018

Box Score

The Basics
• 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.

Up Next
• 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.