Feb. 21, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins cut a 12-point deficit to two with just under three minutes remaining but could get no closer as the Blue Jays lost their season finale 63-57 at Washington College Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays wrap up their season at 12-13 overall and 7-11 in the Centennial Conference. It is Hopkins first losing season since 1994-95 and just the third in head coach Bill Nelson's 23 years. The Shoremen conclude their season at 12-13 overall and 9-9 in the Centennial Conference.
Trailing by 12 with 7:11 remaining, junior Andrew Farber-Miller (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) hit a layup, igniting a 10-0 run, fueled by eight points from Farber-Miller to make it a two-point game with 2:54 remaining. Washington College called timeout to regroup and coming out of the 30 second break, Sal Schittino drained a jumper, followed by a fast-break layup from Andrew Chambers as the Shoremen rattled off seven unanswered.
A Collin Kamm (Avon, NJ/St. Rose) layup ended the Shoremen's run and made it a seven-point game with 54 ticks on the clock. The Blue Jays were then forced to foul and the Shoremen went 4-of-6 from the line in the final minute to seal the win.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair as neither team led by more then five points in the opening 20 minutes. Chambers scored four straight points for the Shoremen in the final four minutes of the half to give the home team a 23-22 lead at the half. The first six minutes of the second half was more of the same, with the lead changing hands 12 times. Tim Kohlrus gave Washington the lead for good when he hit a three pointer with 13:18 remaining. That ignited a 15-4 run that pushed the Shoremen's lead out to 52-40, before the Blue Jays made one final push.
Farber-Miller led the Blue Jays with 17 points, going 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Sophomore Mike Henrici (Wayne, PA/Conestoga) punched up 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Kamm also finished in double figures with 10 points. He just missed a triple double, as he finished with a team high eight rebounds and seven assists. Kamm also had four steals on the day and finishes his career with 538 points, 211 rebounds, 208 assists and 121 steals. He is just the fourth player in program history with 500 career points, 200 assists and 100 steals. He ranks 11th in JHU history in career minutes played (2,266), 13th in assists and fifth in steals.
Also finishing their careers were seniors Phil Beggans (Ocean, NJ/Ocean), Ryan Purcell (Schaumburg, IL/Schaumburg) and Scott Weisenfeld (Mt. Kisco, NY/Horace-Greeley). Beggans finishes his career with 349 points and ranking 17th in career three-point field goal attempts (174) and 15th in career three-point field goals made (67). Purcell scored a career-high 52 points this season, while going 12-of-36 from downtown. Weisenfeld finishes with 401 points, 134 rebounds, 206 assists and 86 steals. In program history, he ranks 14th in career assists and career steals. His 81 assists this season are a career-high and the most by a Blue Jay since Jake Stroman dished 85 helpers in 1999-00.
Kohlrus scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Shoremen, while Chambers finished with 14 and a game-high nine rebounds. Hopkins won the battle of the boards (40-36), but shot just 39.7 percent from the floor.