MIT Edges Johns Hopkins in NCAA Second Round
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
Score: #19 MIT-62, #12 Johns Hopkins-54
Records: JHU (24-5) MIT (24-5)
Location: Baltimore, MD Goldfarb Gym
The Short Story: The 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins men's basketball team saw its season come to an end in a tough 62-54 loss to 19th-ranked MIT Saturday night at Goldfarb Gym.
How it Happened
With the game tied at 53 following a Kyle Doran layup, AJ Jurko drained a pull-up jumper to spark a game-ending 9-1 run that punched the Engineers ticked to the Sweet 16.
This one was back-and-forth from the tip as the game featured 21 lead changes and 12 ties over the first 39 minutes. The first 10 minutes featured 11 of those lead changes as neither team could take more than a three-point lead.
Trailing 14-13, Ian Hinkley and Cameron Korb hit back-to-back threes in a 41-second span to kick-start an 8-0 run that saw the Engineers go up 21-14 with 8:25 to play in the half. The teams went back to trading baskets and MIT led 27-18 with 5:05 to go on a Jurko jumper.
Senior Jesse Flannery ended the run with a bucket from downtown and freshman Joey Kern followed with one of his own to trim the deficit to three with 2:26 to play in the half. Junior Daniel Vila then converted an old-fashioned three-point to tie the game. After getting a stop on defense, the Blue Jays grabbed the lead when junior Michael Gardner drove the paint and laid in two points with 1.2 seconds left in the half.
Gardner and freshman Conner Delaney sandwiched a pair of free throws around a Tim Roberts layup to open the half and Hopkins led 33-29. The Engineers answered with a three from Hinkley and a three-point play by Jurko to go up by two at the 15:40-mark.
Vila and Kern hit consecutive layups to grab the lead back for the Blue Jays just 67 seconds later. Roberts got a bucket in the paint to knot the score with 14:20 to play and the lead went back-and-forth over the ensuing nine minutes.
Trailing by two with 5:52 to go in the game, Delaney cashed in on a three-point play to put Hopkins on top. Junior Harry O'Neil followed with a pair of shots from the charity stripe and the Blue Jays led 49-46. Jurko responded with two free throws to ignite a 7-0 run for the Engineers that saw the visitors grab a 53-49 lead with 2:51 to play. Doran came back with four unanswered points for the Blue Jays to knot the score at 53 just 64 seconds later. MIT would take over down the stretch, outscoring Hopkins 9-1 in the final 80 seconds.
What it Means
Hopkins ends its season with a record of 24-5, the Centennial Conference Tournament title and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Tonight's game was just the fifth ever meeting between the Blue Jays and the Engineers, with MIT taking a 3-2 lead in the series. This was the first meeting in the series since 1984.
Inside the Box Score
Gardner led the Blue Jays with 13 points and seven rebounds, making this his 13th straight game scoring in double figures and his 16th straight game with a three-pointer. Doran finished with five points and three boards while Flannery had six points and four boards in their final game.
Jurko the Engineers with 24 points, six assists and four steals. Roberts added a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The game featured two of the top scoring defenses in the nation as Hopkins ranked second (60.9 ppg) and MIT ranked eighth (63.3).
For the Record
Hopkins' 24 wins are tied for the second most in school history and are one shy of the school record, set in 2014-15.
Delaney finishes the season with 112 assists, tied for the sixth most in school history.
Doran finishes his career ranked 15th in career three-point attempts (268), 12th in three-point field goals (105), 19th in free throw attempts (285), 18th in free throws (212) and 18th in defensive rebounds (286). Flannery ends his career with 152 assists and 44 steals and tied for 12th with 103 games played.