Haverford Tops Johns Hopkins, 80-78
• Score: Haverford-80, Johns Hopkins-78
• Records: JHU (16-9, 12-6 CC) • HC (4-21, 3-15 CC)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: Visiting Haverford edged out the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team Saturday for the 80-78 victory in the Blue Jays’ senior day game. Hopkins will welcome Ursinus to Goldfarb Gym Wednesday in the Centennial Conference first round game as JHU concludes its regular season with a 12-6 record in conference play and 16-9 record overall.
How it Happened
• The teams played a back-and-forth game with 18 ties and 17 lead changes total. The Blue Jays posted the largest lead by either team just 3:45 into the game as Josh Wetzler made his second layup to extend JHU’s lead to 10-4.
• Haverford responded with a 9-0 run to gain the lead 13-10 with 14:08 remaining in the first half. The teams closed out the half with eight more tied scores, including the final mark of 41-41 after the first 20:00. Kyle Doran came off the bench in the first half to add nine points in the final 8:01, shooting 4-of-5 from the field in the process.
• Johns Hopkins turned Haverford turnovers into points in the first half, with 14 points off turnovers. The Blue Jays also outscored the Fords 18-8 in the paint and 8-0 in fast-break scenarios. Hopkins knocked down four three-pointers in the opening half, including three from Nikhil Panu.
• The tight game continued in the second half with another nine ties in the game. The teams traded layups to quickly reach the 11th tie of the game, 45-45 with 18:33 remaining in the game. Hopkins used a 12-8 run, which featured three-pointers from Michael Gardner and Doran, to take a four-point lead, 57-53, with 13:30 to play.
• The lead did not last as the Fords regained the lead, 58-57, with five-straight points. Ryan Curran returned the lead to JHU 59-58 off a layup and 61-60 off a dunk. Curran scored the next five Hopkins points as the Blue Jays took a 66-64 lead with 5:56 on the clock.
• Gardner drained a three-pointer and Doran converted three free throws to extend JHU’s lead to 72-68 with 4:02 to play, the final multi-point lead for the Blue Jays. Jonathan Lang countered with a trey and jumper to take the lead back for the Fords, 73-72, with 3:15 remaining in the game, prompting a Hopkins timeout.
• Doran scored his fourth free throw of the second half for the final tie of 75-75 with 2:11 to play. Lang knocked down a three-pointer with 1:00 on the clock for the Fords’ largest lead of the game, 80-76. Gardner scored a jumper with 48 seconds remaining in the game for the final score of 80-78.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins falls to 72-38 against Haverford all-time after splitting the season series with the Fords.
• The Blue Jays will be the four seed for the Centennial Conference Tournament as one of three teams with a 12-6 record against conference competition. Hopkins will host Ursinus Wednesday in the first round game.
Inside the Box Score
• The Blue Jays earned more than three-quarters of their points from the trio of Kyle Doran (20), Michael Gardner (18) and Ryan Curran (15).
• The Fords were led by Jonathan Lang and Kahlil Garnes, who combined for 46 of Haverford’s 80 points. Garnes shot 12-of-12 from the free-throw line and dished out a game-leading seven assists.
• Nikhil Panu made his first three three-point attempts for nine points in the game. On each occasion, Panu’s basket restored the lead to Hopkins.
• Johns Hopkins will back at Goldfarb Gym Wednesday as the Blue Jays host Ursinus in the Centennial Conference first round game.