Johns Hopkins Tops McDaniel, 72-46, in Centennial Opener
• Score: Johns Hopkins-72, McDaniel-46
• Records: JHU (4-0, 1-0 CC) • MC (1-2, 0-1 CC)
• Location: Westminster, MD • Gill Center
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team got a game-high 16 points from junior Michael Gardner as the Blue Jays beat host McDaniel, 72-46, in both teams’ Centennial Conference opener Tuesday night.
How it Happened
• This one was tightly contested early as the game saw six ties and two lead changes in the opening 10:10. Trailing 15-13 after a pair of Austin Cannon free throws, senior Kyle Doran got a bucket in the paint to spark a 10-0 run. Doran and Gardner did most the of the damage, accounting for nine of the Blue Jays’ 10 points as they built a 23-15 lead with 7:54 to go in the half.
• Josh McWilliams ended the run with an old-fashioned three-point play. That ignited a quick 7-2 spurt that saw JHU’s lead cut to three when Benjamin Young scored on tip-in at the 4:46-mark.
• Hopkins took over for the remainder of the half, building an 11-point lead at the break. The Blue Jays were held to just two field goals in that final 4:46, but went 6-of-8 from the charity stripe to build their lead.
• The Blue Jays picked up where they left off at halftime, scoring six unanswered to push their lead to 17 points just 2:31 in. A Young layup and an Isaiah Denard triple, quickly made it a 12-point game. Hopkins answered with a methodical 17-6 run, with five different players scoring, and the lead ballooned to 23 at the 9:17-mark.
• That run would be the difference as the Blue Jays’ lead wouldn’t dip below 21 points, and grew to as much as 30, in the final nine minutes.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 85-77-1 all-time against McDaniel and has won three straight in the series.
• Head coach Josh Loeffler is the first coach in program history to win his first four games with the Blue Jays. The win is also the 50th in Loeffler’s career as he was 46-13 in two years at Stevens.
• Hopkins is 4-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season when the Blue Jays won nine straight to start the year.
Inside the Box Score
• Gardner went 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line to lead both teams with 16 points. He also grabbed five rebounds in 16 minutes.
• Doran added 12 points and six boards while freshman Joey Kern chipped in 10 points. In total, 11 players scored for the Blue Jays, who have scored 70 or more points in each game this season. In fact, the 72 points scored tonight are the fewest this season for Hopkins.
• Devon Duvall led the Green Terror with eight points and McWilliams matched Doran’s six boards.
• Hopkins shot 48.9 percent from the field and turned the ball over just nine times.
• Hopkins returns to action on Monday, November 27 as the Blue Jays travel to Union, NJ to take on the Kean Cougars. Tip-off at Harwood Arena is slated for 7:00 pm.