Ursinus Defeats Johns Hopkins, 78-64
• Score: Ursinus-78, Johns Hopkins-64
• Records: JHU (16-10) • UC (15-11)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Goldfarb Gym
• The Short Story: Visiting Ursinus defeated the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team, 78-64, in the first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament Wednesday at Goldfarb Gym. Graduate student Sam Gordon led the Blue Jays with 19 points.
How it Happened
• Hopkins came out strong and led by five early after back-to-back buckets from senior Ryan Curran and Gordon. Ursinus trimmed the deficit to one with a four-point play by Eric Williams and then took the lead on a Joseph LoStracco jumper at 15:40.
• Zach Quattro gave the Bears a three-point lead just 32 seconds later but sophomore Michael Gardner answered with a triple on the other end to tie the game. Quattro and LoStracco hit back-to-back jumpers to put Ursinus back on top by four with 13:27 to play.
• Gardner cut the deficit in half with a jumper and then junior Jesse Flannery put Hopkins up 16-15 on a bucket from downtown.
• Quattro answered with another jumper at the 10:02-mark to spark a 12-2 Bears’ run that saw them go up 27-18. Senior Nikhil Panu drained a three from the top of the key to cut it to six with 5:01 on the clock. Sophomore Daniel Vila and graduate student Austin Vasiliadis followed with buckets to pull the Jays within two with 3:21 to go.
• Ryan McTamney responded with a triple on the other end to ignite a 16-2 run that spanned the final 3:07 of the half and gave Ursinus a 43-27 lead at the half.
• The Bears picked up where they left off at halftime and pushed their lead to as much as 24 points by the 9:55-mark. The Blue Jays were able to trim the deficit to 16 but that’s as close as they could get until the final minute.
What it Means
• Johns Hopkins slips to 51-46 all-time versus Ursinus as the Bears snap an eight-game losing streak in the series.
• Ursinus advances to the Centennial Conference semifinals and will face host and top-seeded Swarthmore on Friday.
Inside the Box Score
• Gordon led the Blue Jays with 19 points while Curran added 11 points and seven board. Junior Kyle Doran just missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds.
• Ursinus was led by Quattro, who scored 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. Brian Rafferty had a game-high 11 boards for the Bears, who outrebounded the Jays, 43-31.
• Ursinus shot 54.2 percent from three-point, hitting 13-of-24 shots from downtown.