Feb. 20, 2008
WESTMINSTER, MD - Senior Doug Polster (Bernardsville, NJ/Bernards) drained a three from the top of the key with 6.2 ticks on the clock to force overtime and visiting Johns Hopkins outlasted McDaniel 76-68 in Centennial Conference action Wednesday night. The win moves the Blue Jays into sole possession of third place in the conference with an 11-6 record. They are now 15-9 overall as the Green Terror fall to 15-9 overall and 10-7 in the conference.
It was all Hopkins in the extra period, as the Blue Jays outscored the Green Terror 17-9 in the final five minutes. The Blue Jays have tied a school record with six overtime contests this season and have won the last five. A jumper in the paint by sophomore Andrew Farber-Miller (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) with 3:30 to play gave the Blue Jays a lead they would not relinquish. It was sound free three shooting that pushed Hopkins to the win, shooting 8-of-9 from the line in the overtime.
The first 40 minutes were a back and forth affair with 13 lead changes and 13 ties. Hopkins led for much of the first half with a series of runs. But McDaniel had an answer for each one as JHU never led by more than six. Hopkins was up 26-21 with 4:47 to play after a fast break lay-up from Polster. The Green Terror called a timeout and responded with a 12-2 run to close the half and take a 33-28 lead into the locker room.
It was a different story in the second half, as McDaniel led for much of it, with Hopkins battling back. Every time the Blue Jays made a run, the Green Terror answered, though their largest lead was only four points. Farber-Miller hit a pair of free throws with 2:00 on the clock to give the Blue Jays a 54-53 lead. But on the ensuing possession, Chris Prior hit a lay-up for McDaniel to take back the lead. Prior then got a steal and dished the ball to Brett Foelber in the paint who connected on a lay-up to put McDaniel up 57-54 with 56 seconds on the clock.
A bucket from Farber-Miller cut it to one with 22 seconds left with junior Collin Kamm (Avon, NJ/Saint Rose) quickly fouling on the inbounds play. Miguel Jones hit both of his free throws and McDaniel led by three with just 18 seconds remaining. The Blue Jays brought the ball up, called timeout and set up Polster's three.
Polster paced the Blue Jays with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting in 40-plus minutes. Sophomore Pat O'Connell (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) posted his first career-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were Farber-Miller and senior Kevin Roach (Derwood, MD/Colonel Zadok Magruder), who also had four blocks. For McDaniel, Prior led all scorers with 22 points before fouling out in overtime. He also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
Hopkins shot 54.0 percent from the floor for the game, while holding McDaniel to just 38.1 percent. Offensive rebounds kept the Green Terror in the game as they grabbed 12 offensive boards with 11 second chance points.
Hopkins wraps up the regular season on Saturday, February 23 when Washington College visits Goldfarb Gym. The Blue Jays need a win over the Shoremen or a McDaniel loss at Gettysburg to grab the #3 seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference Tournament. Saturday is Senior Day for the Blue Jays as they honor Polster, Roach and Scott Ladd (York, ME/York). Game time is set for 3:00 pm.