Nov. 29, 2012
GETTYSBURG, PA - Johns Hopkins hit six straight free throws in the final 23 seconds to secure a 66-59 win over host Gettysburg Thursday night in Centennial Conference action at Bream Gymnasium. The Blue Jays win their fourth straight as they improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Bullets fall to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Hopkins had four players finish in double figures and was led by senior Mike Rhoads with 16 points.
The first eight minutes was a back-and-forth affair as neither team could take more than a three point lead. But a Christian Bors' layup at the 10:41 mark ignited a 13-4 run by the Bullets that saw the home team take a 28-18 lead just three minutes later. Kevin Gladstone capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play at 7:32. As it turned out, that would be Gettysburg's final point of the half.
Freshman Niko Kotoulas got the Blue Jays going with a bucket in the paint, followed by an Adam Spengler layup as Hopkins closed out the half on a 12-0 run. Rhoads put Hopkins on top for the first time in the game with a three-point play with just 52 seconds to go in the half. Gettysburg missed on its next possession and JHU would take a 30-28 lead in the locker room.
The Bullets came out firing in the second half with back-to-back layups from Alex Zurn and Sean Gordon as they retook the lead at 32-30 with just 53 seconds gone. Zurn then hit the back-end off a pair of free throws and the Bullets' lead was three. Spengler answered however with a bucket from downtown to tie the game. The teams traded buckets over the ensuing 60 seconds as the lead swung back and forth. Bugarinovic put Hopkins up 38-37 with a jumper to kick start a 14-4 burst that gave the visitors a 50-41 lead with 10:01 on the clock. Rhoads and Hammer fueled the run with a pair of three-pointers.
Gettysburg started chipping away with a three-pointer from Gordon followed by five straight points from Joe Emerusabe as the Bullets made it a one-point game. Hammer and Gladstone traded buckets and Hopkins led 52-51 with 5:42 to play. Rhoads and Hammer than sandwiched triples around a free throw from Emerusabe and the Blue Jays lead was back to six. Gettysburg wasn't going away and once again trimmed the deficit to one. Bugarinovic hit a layup at the 1:35 mark to stake Hopkins to a 60-57 lead.
Zurn kept the Bullets in the game with a bucket with 26 ticks on the clock to once again pull the home team within one. But the Blue Jays were clutch from the line in the waning seconds as Hammer drained four straight from the stripe followed by two good shots from Rhoads and Hopkins took home the win.
Rhoads led the Blue Jays with a season-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from downtown. He also dished out two assists and had three steals. Hammer finished with 15 points, including three triples, while Spengler chipped in 12 with four assists. Bugarinovic just missed out on his second double-double of the season with 12 points and nine rebounds, while also dishing three assists, blocking three shots and grabbing three steals. Zurn led all scorers and was the only Bullet in double figures with a game-high 20 points.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, December 1 as Dickinson visits Goldfarb Gym for the Blue Jays' home opener. Tip off for the Centennial Conference tilt is slated for 3:00 pm.