Dec. 1, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD - Visiting Dickinson outscored Johns Hopkins 11-5 in overtime to top the Blue Jays, 78-72, in a battle of conference unbeatens Saturday afternoon at Goldfarb Gym. The Blue Jays see their four-game win streak snapped as they fall to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Centennial Conference in their home opener. The Red Devils meanwhile, off to their best start since the 1993-94 season, improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
The Blue Jays rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 74 seconds to tie the game at 67 points apiece and force overtime. Sophomore George Bugarinovic hit the back-end of a pair of free throws and then corralled a defensive rebound on the other end, setting up an Adam Spengler jumper with 29 ticks on the clock to pull the Blue Jays within three. Sophomore Jimmy Hammer then stole Tucker Landy's inbounds pass and while falling out of bounds, banged the ball off a Red Devil to keep possession for the Blue Jays with 20 seconds to play. Bugarinovic then found senior Alex Pandrangi open under the basket. He hit a bucket in off the glass and was fouled in the process. Pandrangi converted the three-point play to tie the game up. Adam Honig had a chance to give Dickinson the win, but his last second shot hit the rim at the buzzer.
Hopkins led by four, 72-68, with 1:56 to go in overtime before Dickinson scored the final 10 points of the game to take the win. Landy hit a pair of free throws and following a 10-second violation by the Blue Jays, Ted Hinnenkamp hit a layup to tie the game. Landy followed with another bucket and the Red Devils sealed the win at the free throw line with four straight by Chris Barsanti from the charity stripe.
The Blue Jays opened the game with 11-2 run, capped by a Mike Rhoads' fast-break layup at the 15:49 mark. The Red Devils answered with a quick six-point spurt to pull within three on Brandon Angradi's three-pointer. Hopkins pushed its lead back to nine points and led by as many as 11 points before Dickinson put together a 20-6 run to take a 35-32 lead with 1:59 to play in the half. Honig fueled the run with 12 of the Red Devils' 20 points and scored the final seven points of the run. Rhoads pulled the Blue Jays within one with a free throw before hitting a jumper at the 1:03 mark to tie the game. Freshman Matt Chiusano came up with a steal on the ensuing possession and the Blue Jays called timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Hopkins finally got the ball around to Chiusano, whose three-point attempt missed the mark. Freshman Austin Vasiliadis came up with a tough rebound and after driving the paint, dished the ball out to Hammer, who drained a bucket from downtown at the buzzer to put Hopkins on top 38-35.
Hopkins picked up where it left off coming out of the half, pushing out to a seven-point lead just 67 seconds into the half. Dickinson answered with a 19-5 burst to turn the seven-point deficit into a seven-point advantage. Bugarinovic scored six straight points for the Blue Jays to trim the deficit to one with 7:11 to play. But the Blue Jays couldn't take the lead and the Red Devils pushed back out to an eight-point lead with 3:59 on the clock. A pair of Rhoads' free throws and a Pandrangi layup made it a four-point game at the 2:10 mark. Barsanti pushed the lead back to six with a pair of shots from the charity stripe before Hopkins late rally.
Bugarinovic led three Blue Jays with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds. Pandrangi added 15 points and five rebounds, while Spengler added 12 points and four assists. Barsanti led all scorers with 18 points, including a 10-of-10 showing from the free throw line. Honig added 16 points, with 12 from Gerry Wixted and 10 from Chris Cox.
Hopkins returns to action on Wednesday, December 5 as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Westminster, MD to take on McDaniel. Tip off from the Gill Center is set for 7:00 pm.