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Nov. 25, 2005
Johns Hopkins (2-1) will leave the state of Maryland for the first time in the 2005-06 season, making the trip to the Palmetto State for a Saturday, Nov. 26 contest against the Paladins of Furman University at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C.
This will be the first matchup between Hopkins and a Division I team since the the Blue Jays took down Navy, 66-61, on December 4, 2002.
The Blue Jays are coming off a second-place showing in the Inaugural Pride of Maryland Tournament, taking the first two games against Salisbury (76-61) and McDaniel (88-80), before falling at Villa Julie in the championship game, 81-78 in overtime.
The loss to the Mustangs is the fourth road loss in a row for Hopkins, as the Blue Jays dropped three in a row away from Goldfarb Gym to close out the 2004-05 season.
Last time out:
Villa Julie twice rallied from eight-point second half deficits and maintained a slim overtime advantage to trim Johns Hopkins, 81-78, in the championship game of the Pride of Maryland Tournament on Nov. 20. After going up 37-31 at halftime, Hopkins twice built leads of as much as eight within the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Mustangs countered both times, eventually forcing a 68-67 lead with 1:13 remaining in regulation. Matt Griffin knocked down three free throws during the final minute, while Villa Julie senior Steven Segears made two of his own to force the overtime period. Villa Julie pulled ahead in the first minute of overtime, as a basket by Segears and a three-pointer from freshman Elysian Richardson put the Mustangs up, 75-70. Richardson extended the lead to 80-76, making a free throw with 26 seconds remaining. Griffin and Danny Nawrocki led the way for Hopkins with 23 points a piece.
Scouting the Paladins:
Furman will play its second home game of the 2005-06 season when they host the Blue Jays. The Paladins (1-2) suffered their second straight setback on Wednesday, falling 83-74 at Texas Tech. Junior Moussa Diagne contributed a double-double effort for the Paladins, registering 14 points and 12 rebounds. Saturday's meeting between Hopkins and Furman will be the Paladins' second of three games against D-III foes, as they entertain Sewanee on Dec. 15. Eric Webb is pacing Furman through three games, averaging 17.3 points per game, making 62.5 percent of his field goals. Against the Red Raiders, Webb scored 21, making 4-of-6 attempts from behind the three-point arc.