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Christopher Newport Holds off JHU in Captains Shootout Title Game

Dec. 30, 2017

Box Score

The Basics
• Score: Christopher Newport-54, Johns Hopkins-44
• Records: JHU (8-2) • CNU (9-2)
• Location: Newport News, VA • Freeman Center
• The Short Story: Host Christopher Newport won a defensive battle over the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team, 54-44, on Saturday night in the championship game of the Captains Shootout.

How it Happened
• Hopkins got five straight points from freshman Joey Kern and senior Jesse Flannery to slice CNU’s lead to just three with 1:28 to play in the game. The Captains’ defense shut down the Blue Jays from there to grab the win. The home team went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe, along with a dunk, in the final 66 seconds to secure the title.
• The teams battled from the beginning as the lead changed hands eight times, to go with two ties, in the opening eight minutes. Trailing 12-8 after a Flannery bucket in the paint, Christopher Newport got five straight points from Marcus Carter and a triple from Brock Geiman to go up four at the 10:53-mark.
• The Captains’ lead seesawed up and down over the ensuing four minutes as the teams traded buckets. Holding a three-point advantage following a layup by sophomore Harry O’Neil, Brandon Edmond doubled it was a bucket from downtown with 5:18 to play in the half.
• After a Conner Delaney free throw made it a 27-22 game, Aaron McFarland and Luther Gibbs sandwiched buckets around a Daniel Vila layup to push CNU’s lead to seven with just 1:43 to play. Flannery responded with a three-pointer and then following a McFarland turnover, Delaney drained a three from the top of the key at the buzzer to make it a 31-30 game at the break.
• Vila got the first bucket of the second half at the 16:35-mark to put Hopkins on top, 32-31. It was the Blue Jays’ first lead since 12:13 remaining in the first half. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long as Spencer Marin answered with a layup just 27 seconds later to swing the lead back to CNU.
• The lead once again seesawed up and down for the Captains with the teams trading buckets over a 10-minute span. Leading 41-39, CNU got back-to-back threes from Geiman and Carter and just like that the lead was eight with 4:27 to play. Hopkins kept fighting, with those five unanswered points from Kern and Flannery, but could get no closer than the three points.

What it Means
• Tonight’s game was the first-ever meeting between the Blue Jays and the Captains.
• Junior Michael Gardner was named to the all-tournament team for Hopkins.

Inside the Box Score
• Vila was the only Blue Jay to finish in double figures as he punched up 11 points to go with seven blocks and three assists.
• Delaney just missed a double-double as he finished with nine points and nine rebounds while also handing out three assists. Gardner finished second on the team with eight boards to go with a pair of steals.
• Carter led the Captains with a game-high 13 points, while Marin chipped in 10 points. McFarland grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Gibbs had four blocks.

For the Record
• Vila set the tournament and Freeman Center (by an opponent) records for blocks in a game with seven. His seven blocks are also a career high and one shy of the Hopkins’ single-game record. His 11 combined blocks in the two games are one shy of the tournament record. Vila now has 66 career blocks, which ranks 12th in program history.

Up Next
• Hopkins is back at Goldfarb Gym for the first time in 32 days as the Blue Jays host the Goucher Gophers on Wednesday, January 3. Tip-off for the non-conference contest is slated for 7:00 pm.