Dec. 5, 2012
WESTMINSTER, MD - Sophomore George Bugarinovic poured in a career-high 26 points, including 19 points in the second half, but Johns Hopkins came up just short in a 74-64 loss at McDaniel Wednesday night in Centennial Conference action. The Blue Jays slip to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while the Green Terror improve to 2-4 and 1-3 in the league.
The Blue Jays trailed by seven after a three-pointer by sophomore Jimmy Hammer with 10 seconds left in the half made it a 32-25 game at the break. But they rallied in the second half and cut the deficit to one on another Hammer triple at the 14:35 mark with four different Blue Jays scoring during the run. McDaniel answered with a quick seven points and the lead was back to eight just two minutes later. Hopkins answered again with Bugarinovic scoring six straight points for the Jays, making it a 48-44 game midway through the half.
That's as close as Hopkins could get over the ensuing nine minutes as McDaniel led by as many as 13 points. But a Mike Rhoads' three-pointer with 1:16 to play cut the deficit to five. The Blue Jays fouled on the inbounds and sent Phillip Perry to the line for two, he missed both his shots and senior Alex Pandrangi corralled the rebound, giving Hopkins possession down five with 72 seconds to play. But the Blue Jays turned it over and the Green Terror would go 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the win.
The first half was a seesaw affair that saw seven ties and five lead changes in the game's opening 12:07. Jimmy Cranwell drained a pair of free throws to spark a 12-1 run that staked the Green Terror to a 10-point lead. McDaniel held Hopkins without a point for more than seven minutes during the stretch, which ended with a Bugarinovic free throw at 1:44. Hammer would have the final say of the half with his bucket from 21 feet out.
Bugarinovic was 9-of-11 from the field and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe to finish with 26 points. He also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and dished out three assists in the loss. Hammer also finished in double figures with 11 points while also grabbing three steals. Evan Pupelis scored a team-high 17 points for the Green Terror, leading five players in double figures. He also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds as McDaniel won the battle of the boards, 38-26.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, December 8 as Muhlenberg visits Goldfarb Gym. The Centennial Conference tilt is set to tip at 3:00 pm.