• Score: #24 Swarthmore-70, Johns Hopkins-48
• Records: JHU (15-8, 11-5 CC) • SC (19-4, 13-3 CC)
• Location: Swarthmore, PA • Tarble Pavilion
• The Short Story: Host Swarthmore used an 18-0 run midway through the second half to take control of the game and went on to beat the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team, 70-48, Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• This was a close one for the game’s first 17 minutes as the lead changed hands six times to go with five ties. With the game tied at 22 at the Garnet got four quick points to retake the lead, for go as it turned out. A Kyle Doran layup and a Michael Gardner triple, sandwiched around a Sam Lebryk bucket made it a 28-27 game in favor of the home team.
• Zack Yonda answered with a basket in the paint, but a pair of free throws from graduate student Sam Gordon once again made it a one-point game with 3:22 to go in the half. Cam Wiley hit a jumper eight seconds later to spark a 13-3 run that saw the Garnet take a 43-32 lead into the break.
• Swarthmore picked up right where it left off, getting the first two buckets of the half to push its lead to 15. Hopkins trimmed it to 11 points with two free throws from Doran and a jumper from Gardner.
• Wiley followed with eight straight points for the Garnet, igniting that 18-0 run that gave the home team control of the game. Freshman Harry O’Neil got Hopkins back on the board with four straight points and Swarthmore led 65-40 with 6:45 to play.
• Both offenses got slowed by foul calls from then on out as there was just one made field goal in the final 6:25 of the game. The teams combined to go 11-of-15 from the line during that span.
What it Means
• Hopkins slips to 76-37 all-time versus Swarthmore and suffers its first loss in the series since February 5, 2011.
• JHU sits in a tie for second place in the Centennial Conference standings with Dickinson with two games to play. The Red Devils swept the season series with the Blue Jays and therefore own the tiebreaker.
Inside the Box Score
• Gardner was the only Blue Jay to finish in double figures as he finished with 15 points. Gordon led the team with five rebounds.
• Wiley led all scorers with 25 points, with 15 of those coming from downtown. Yonda added 13 points while Nate Shafer grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and blocked four shots.
• Hopkins returns home to host Washington College on Wednesday, February 15. Tip-off at Goldfarb Gym is set for 8:00 pm.