• Score: Johns Hopkins-93, LeTourneau-84
• Records: JHU (2-0) • LU (1-1)
• Location: Memphis, TN • Mallory Gymnasium
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team beat LeTourneau, 93-84, in a high-scoring affair in the first game of the 2017 Rhodes Tip-Off Tournament Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• In a game in which both teams shot better than 51 percent from the floor, it wasn’t surprising that this was a back-and-forth affair. The lead changed hands 13 times and there were seven ties as the two teams combined for 177 points.
• Trailing 77-76 with 4:18 to play, freshman Conner Delaney drove the paint and hit layup to swing the lead back to Hopkins’ favor. Just 20 seconds later, the game was tied at 78-all after Caleb Loggins hit one of two free throws for the YellowJackets.
• Senior Kyle Doran answered with back-to-back three-pointers to spark a 12-1 run that spanned just over two minutes and saw JHU take a 90-79 lead with 36 ticks on the clock. The rest of the Blue Jays’ points came from the charity stripe as junior Michael Gardner and freshman Joey Kern went a combined 6-of-6 from the line.
• Alec Colhoff hit from downtown with 30 seconds to play to pull LeTourneau within eight. Hopkins was able to secure the win at the line however, going 3-of-4 in the final five seconds.
• Hopkins led 11-3 early on the strength of three pointers from Kern, Gardner and junior Noah Ralby. The teams then traded buckets over the ensuing eight minutes and Hopkins held a 25-20 lead with 8:32 to play.
• Sam Talbert drained a jumper to ignite a 15-5 run that saw LeTourneau go up 35-30 with 4:32 to go in the half. Doran answered with six straight points, including a four-point play, to give the Jays a 36-35 lead at the 2:09-mark.
• Loggins knotted the score with a shot from the charity stripe with 74 seconds remaining. Hopkins answered with a 7-2 spurt to go up by four with 15 to play. But a put-back by Seth Mattson as time expired made it a 43-41 game at the half.
• The second half was much of the same and LeTourneau eventually took the lead on a pair of Nate West free throws with 14:31 to play. The teams traded scores over a two-minute span before the YellowJackets scored eight unanswered to go up seven at the 10:26-mark.
• The two squads once again traded buckets and the Blue Jays took the lead for good on Delaney’s bucket with 4:18 to go.
What it Means
• Today’s game was the first ever meeting between Hopkins and LeTourneau.
• Head coach Josh Loeffler becomes just the second head coach in program history to win his first two games with the Blue Jays. Jim Valvano (1969-70) is the only other coach to do so at Hopkins.
Inside the Box Score
• Doran and Gardner scored 23 points apiece to lead the Blue Jays to the win. Doran was 8-of-10 from the field, including 6-of-7 from downtown, while also grabbing five rebounds. Just over half of Gardner’s points came from the line as he went 12-of-12 from the stripe. He also handed out a game-high five assists.
• Delaney and sophomore Harry O’Neil each finished with 10 points, while O’Neil pulled a game-high-tying six boards.
• West led LeTourneau with 22 points while Justin Moore added 21 points and six rebounds. Loggins also finished in double figures as he chipped in 19 points. In fact, the YellowJacket starters accounted for 78 of their 84 points.
• Hopkins will take on host Rhodes, which defeated Vassar 126-110, in the other game. Tip-off for the championship game is slated for 2:00 pm CT.