• Score: Johns Hopkins-67, Franklin & Marshall-57
• Records: JHU (15-7, 11-4 CC) • FMC (15-7, 9-6 CC)
• Location: Lancaster, PA • Mayser Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team closed the game on a 13-2 run to defeat host Franklin & Marshall, 67-57, Wednesday night. The win was the 500th at Hopkins for head coach Bill Nelson and assistant coach Ed Richardson, who have coached together for 31 years.
How it Happened
• Hopkins came out firing and opened the game on a 14-0 run. Junior Kyle Doran fueled the run, scoring 12 straight points after a Daniel Vila layup. Brandon Federici finally got Franklin & Marshall on the board with a conventional three-point play at the 13:03-mark.
• The teams traded buckets over the ensuing three-and-a-half minutes and the Blue Jays led 21-7. The Dips trimmed the deficit to single digits with a quick five-point burst.
• Graduate student Sam Gordon sandwiched layups around a J.C. McGrath bucket and Hopkins held a 25-14 lead with 5:38 to play in the half. After Ignas Slyka converted one of two free throws, the Blue Jays got back-to-back buckets from sophomore Noah Ralby and Gordon.
• The Dips answered with a pair of three-point plays by Federici and Jared Wright, bracketing a pair of Austin Vasiliadis free throws to slice the deficit to eight points. Hopkins pushed its lead back to 12 with layups from sophomore Michael Gardner and freshman Harry O’Neil. But a 5-1 spurt by F&M to end the half, made it a 36-28 game at the break.
• Vila once again opened the scoring with a bucket in the paint to make it a 10-point game. But the home team answered with an 8-4 run to slice the deficit to six points with 15:24 to play. The Jays came back with a 7-4 spurt, fueled by Doran and senior Ryan Curran to go up 51-40 four minutes later.
• McGrath hit a layup that ignited a 13-1 run that saw Franklin & Marshall take a 53-52 lead at the 6:39-mark. Wright capped the run with a three-pointer from the wing to give the Dips their first lead of the game. McGrath and Wright combined for 11 of the team’s 13 points.
• Hopkins retook the lead on a Doran layup 64 seconds later, but Wright sank a pair of free throws at 5:03 to retake the lead for F&M. It was all Blue Jays from then on out as they outscored the Diplomats, 13-2, in the final 4:14. Curran, Gardner and Doran combined to score all 13 points as the Blue Jays made just one field goal but went 9-of-10 from the line in that span.
What it Means
• Nelson and Richardson are just the sixth coaching tandem in men’s Division III basketball to win 500 games together. Their record at Hopkins now stands at 500-309 (.618) in 31 seasons with the Blue Jays. The duo accounts for 500 of the program’s 930 all-time wins (92 seasons). Nelson won his 600th career game earlier this season.
• Hopkins now sits alone in second place in the Centennial Conference standings and clinched a berth in the tournament with the win. The Blue Jays sit one game behind the Swarthmore Garnet with the two set to meet on Saturday.
• The Blue Jays improve to 38-63 all-time against the Diplomats and have won three of the last four meetings in Lancaster. Hopkins sweeps the season series for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
Inside the Box Score
• For the 10th time this season, Hopkins held an opponent to 57 points or fewer. The Blue Jays held the Diplomats to 18 points below their season average.
• Doran led the Blue Jays with a game and career-high 23 points as he posted his second straight 20-point game. He went 7-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line to go with five rebounds.
• Gardner also finished in double figures with 15 points, two shy of his career high. Gordon grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and also blocked two shots.
• Federici paced the Dips with 17 points while Wright (12 points) and McGrath (11 points) also finished in double digits. McGrath pulled a team-best seven rebounds and Wright had a game-high four helpers.
• Hopkins wraps up a tough three-game road swing on Saturday at 24th-ranked Swarthmore. Tip-off at Tarble Pavilion is slated for 3:00 pm.