Dec. 29, 2012
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Johns Hopkins rallied from a 25-point first-half deficit to get within five early in the second half but came up short in a 70-48 loss to undefeated Randolph in the second game of the Bojangles Holiday Challenge Saturday night. The Blue Jays, playing for the first time in three weeks, slip to 5-4 while the Wildcats improve to 10-0.
Hopkins trailed by 25 points with 8:07 to play in the first half before together an impressive 21-2 run to that saw the deficit dwindle to six points less than two minutes into the second period. The Blue Jays eventually made it a five-point game but the unbeaten Wildcats used a 20-6 run to push back to a 19-point advantage before going on to take the 22-point victory. Junior Daniel Corbett got things going for the Jays with a pair of free throws followed by a layup from sophomore George Bugarinovic and a tip-in from classmate Connor McIntyre. Hopkins would close the half on a 14-2 burst to go into the half trailing 31-18.
Coming out of the break, Hopkins picked up right where it left off seven unanswered points to make it a six-point game on Bugarinovic's jumper off a Jimmy Hammer steal. Randolph answered with three-pointers from Chris Battaglia and Evan Horn, sandwiched around a Mike Rhoads triple. Another Rhoads' bucket from downtown and a pair of free throws from senior Alex Pandrangiand the deficit was five with 15:45 to play in the half. But the Wildcats, who are averaging nearly 20 points more per game than their opponents, wouldn't let it get any closer than that.
Alex Conwell hit back-to-back layups and Horn and Colton Hunt each hit a three-pointer to fuel a quick 12-3 burst that pushed the lead back to 14. Hammer drained a three-pointer to cut it back to 11, but the Wildcats came right back with 14-5 burst and they led 64-44 with 5:49 to play. Hopkins could get no closer than 18 over the remainder of the game.
Hopkins showed some early rust after being idle for three weeks as Randolph raced out to a 29-4 lead by the eight-minute mark in the first half. The Wildcats, who were shooting 43.7 percent from downtown entering the game, fueled the opening burst with five three-pointers. Randolph would finish with 12 triples for the game, connecting on 42.9 percent of its shots from downtown.
Rhoads led the Blue Jays with a team-high nine points with all nine coming from behind the arc. He also corralled five rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Hammer finished with seven points, while McIntyre pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Hunt led all scorers with 25 points, going 9-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from downtown. Jason Eddie was the only other player in double figures as he finished with 10 points.
Hopkins returns to action as the Blue Jays play host and winners of eight straight, Hampden-Sydney, in the final game of the tournament. Tip off is set for 4:00 pm at Fleet Gymnasium.