• Score: Johns Hopkins-77, Kean-53
• Records: JHU (5-0) • KU (0-3)
• Location: Union, NJ • Harwood Arena
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team ran its season-opening win streak to five with a 77-53 win over host Kean on Monday night.
How it Happened
• Hopkins led this one wire-to-wire after scoring the game’s opening bucket 18 seconds in. In a prelude of what was to come, freshman Joey Kern put the Blue Jays up with a three-pointer and they never looked back.
• Leading 24-15 with 6:45 to play after a Mike Summerer bucket in the paint, senior Kyle Doran hit one of two free throws to spark a 12-2 run that saw the lead grow to 19 with 2:21 to play. The Blue Jays’ lead never dipped into single digits again.
• After falling behind by 19, the Cougars scored six unanswered and it looked like they would go into the locker room only trailing by 13. Junior Michael Gardner had other ideas as he drained a 26-footer at the buzzer to send the Jays into the half with a 39-23 lead.
• A quick steal and layup by DeAndre Thomas to open the second made it a 14-point game, but Hopkins answered with back-to-back threes from Doran and Gardner. The lead then grew to 23 after a three-point play by junior Daniel Vila.
• Kean chipped away at the lead and cut it to 16with 15:06 to play in the game, but that’s as close as the home team would get the rest of the way. Gardner would hit from downtown on three straight possessions for Hopkins and the lead swelled back to 23. That would seal it for the Blue Jays as their lead never went below 20 points in the final 12:09.
What it Means
• Tonight’s game was the first-ever meeting between Hopkins and Kean.
• The Blue Jays have won five straight to start the season for the first time since 2006-07.
Inside the Box Score
• Hopkins broke the school record with 16 three-pointers, besting the mark of 15 set on January 7, 2017. Gardner also tied the single-game mark with his eight three-pointers.
• Gardner led all scorers with a career-high 28 points as he shot 10-of-15 from the field, including 8-of-10 from downtown. His 28 points came in just 27 minutes and was his second 20-point game of the season.
• Kern finished with 14 pints after going 4-of-7 from three-point. Doran and freshman Conner Delaney also finished in double digits with 10 points apiece. Delaney also handed out a game-high four assists, while Doran had a game-high eight boards.
• Summerer led the Cougars with 12 points and seven rebounds. Thomas added 11 points and Micah Kerr pulled seven rebounds.
• Hopkins is back at Goldfarb Gym on Thursday, November 30 to host Gettysburg. Tip-off for the Centennial Conference contest is slated for 7:00 pm.