Johns Hopkins Wins Rhodes Tip-Off Tournament
• Score: Johns Hopkins-118, Rhodes-104
• Records: JHU (3-0) • RC (1-1)
• Location: Memphis, TN • Mallory Gymnasium
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team beat host Rhodes, 118-104, in the highest scoring game in program history. The Blue Jays’ beat the Lynx to win the 2017 Rhodes Tip-off Tournament.
How it Happened
• Hopkins led this one wire-to-wire and needed just 6:49 to build its lead to double digits. Sophomore Harry O’Neil put the Blue Jays up 18-8 at the 13:11-mark of the first half. For the remainder of the game, Hopkins’ lead dipped to single digits for a total of just two minutes and 22 seconds.
• The Blue Jays led by as many as 19 points in the first half and closed the half on a 7-2 spurt, in the final 33 seconds, to take a 67-49 lead into the break. All seven points during the spurt came at the charity stripe.
• Coming out of the half, Hopkins picked right back up with an 8-2 run to push out to a 75-51 lead with 18:03 to play. Junior Noah Ralby capped the run with back-to-back fast break layups.
• The Lynx trimmed the deficit to 15 just two minutes later with nine unanswered points. But a three-point play by senior Kyle Doran and a Joey Fitzpatrick bucket pushed the lead back to 20 at the 14:12-mark. The lead never dipped below 14 points over the ensuing 10 minutes and Hopkins led 102-86.
• With 3:47 to play, Ian Harrison converted two shots from the free throw line to spark a 13-4 run that saw the Blue Jays’ lead cut to seven with 2:35 to play. Six of the Lynx point came courtesy of the free throw as they made it a single-digit game in a span of just 72 seconds.
• Hopkins turned the tables on the home team and closed the game on a 12-5 run, with half of those coming from the line.
What it Means
• Today’s game was the first ever meeting between Johns Hopkins and Rhodes.
• Head coach Josh Loeffler is just the second coach in program history to win his first three games. Jim Valvano also won his first three games in 1969-70. Hopkins is 3-0 to start the season for the first time since 2006-07.
Inside the Box Score
• Doran led all scorers with a career-high 24 points as he went 7-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. He also grabbed five rebounds in just 23 minutes.
• Freshman Conner Delaney finished with 15 points and five assists, while junior Michael Gardner had 10 points and a game-high nine assists. Freshman Joey Kern and junior Daniel Vila punched up 13 points each.
• This marks the second time this season (three games) that all five starters scored in double figures.
• Anesu Nyawata led four Rhodes’ players in double digits with a team-high 18 points.
For the Record
• The 118 points scored by the Blue Jays are one shy of the school record, while the 222 combined points are the most ever in a game.
• Hopkins shot 67.8 percent for the game, the second best field goal percentage in a game in program history.
• The Blue Jays 30 assists are the second most in a game and are two shy of the program record.
• Hopkins returns to Maryland and plays its fourth game in six days on Tuesday at McDaniel. The game, slated for an 8:00 pm start, is the Centennial Conference opener for both squads.