Dec. 1, 2009
Johns Hopkins opens up its Centennial Conference slate this week with a pair of road games. The Blue Jays will travel to Gettysburg on Wednesday before traveling to Dickinson on Saturday. This week’s games are the final ones for the Blue Jays before the holidays.
AGAINST THE BULLETS
Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg will square off for the 72nd time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to 1919-20. The Bullets lead the all-time series 45-26 and have won four of the last five and the last three at Bream Gym.
JHU won the last meeting between the two, snapping a four-game losing skid to Gettysburg. The Blue Jays were led by senior Collin Kamm and sophomore Mike Henrici, who scored 14 points apiece.
AGAINST THE RED DEVILS
Saturday’s game will be the 62nd meeting on the hardwood between Johns Hopkins and Dickinson. The two met every year between 1947-48 and 1974-75. The Blue Jays and the Red Devils then met just once between 1975 and 1993, a 65-60 Hopkins win on Feb. 28, 1991. The series resumed for good in 1993-94.
Hopkins leads the all-time series 38-23 and has won nine straight and seven straight at the Kline Center. Junior Andrew Farber-Miller and sophomore Mike Henrici each scored 14 points to pace Hopkins to a 62-58 win over Dickinson in the last meeting between the two.
A LOOK BACK
Johns Hopkins opened the season with the fifth annual Pride of Maryland Championship. The Blue Jays sandwiched wins over Stevenson and Salisbury around a loss to Hood to finish in third at the championship.
Hopkins opened with a 75-53 win over Stevenson, behind double-doubles from seniors Pat O’Connell (10 pts/10 reb) and Andrew Farber-Miller (14 pts/11 reb). The Blue Jays held the Mustangs to just 27.5 percent from the floor, while forcing 22 turnovers.
The win propelled Hopkins into the championship bracket for the fourth time in the five-year history of the tournament. Hood outscored JHU, 34-29, in the second half to win 65-62. Four Blue Jays finished in double figures, led by junior Mike Henrici and O’Connell with 15 apiece. JHU shot 46.2 percent from the floor, but was hampered by an 8-of-15 showing from the free throw line.
On Sunday, Hopkins squared off against Salisbury in the third-place game. The Blue Jays got 15 points from sophomore Danny Gergen to win 58-53 and remain unbeaten against the Sea Gulls in the Pride of Maryland Tournament. Farber-Miller finished with his second double-double of the season, with 12 points and 12 boards.
O’Connell was named to the Pride of Maryland All-Tournament team after averaging 12.3 points and 7.7 rebounds with shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.
PRIDE OF MARYLAND HISTORY
Johns Hopkins picked up a pair of wins in three games at the Pride of Maryland Championship presented by M&T Bank to finish in third place. It is the fourth time in the five-year history of the tournament that the Blue Jays placed in the top three. JHU has 11 wins in the history of the tournament, which is tied with McDaniel for most among the nine Maryland schools.
Hopkins has made more title game appearances (3) and has had more all-tournament team selections (9). The Blue Jays have led the tournament in scoring defense in three out of the five years, including this year when JHU held its opponents to just 57.0 points per game.
The Blue Jays will be idle for 24 days following Saturday’s game at Dickinson. Hopkins will return to action just prior to New Years as the Blue Jays travel to Rochester, NY for the Nazareth College Tournament. Hopkins will face Pitt-Bradford in the first round, with the other game featuring Albright and host Nazareth.
COUNTDOWN TO 500
Head coach Bill Nelson is in his 30th overall season, and 24th at Johns Hopkins and with 487 career wins, is just 13 shy of reaching the 500-win milestone.
Sophomore Danny Gergen is off to a hot start this season. He’s averaged 25.0 minutes per game and started in the win over Salisbury. Gergen is shooting 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the floor and 75.0 percent (6-of-8) from downtown, while averaging 9.3 points per game. He also has eight assists and three steals.
Gergen punched up a then career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point, in the loss to Hood. He followed that up with a 15-point, five-assist performance in the win over Salisbury.
HITTIN’ THE BOARDS
Johns Hopkins has outrebounded all three of its opponents so far this season, by a margin of +10.6. The Blue Jays opened the season with a dominating performance on the boards, outrebounding Stevenson, 55-32. JHU followed that up by winning the battle of the boards against Hood (30-29) and Salisbury (36-28).
Here’s a look at seniors Pat O’Connell and Andrew Farber-Miller steady rise through the Johns Hopkins record book:
• Needs two three-point field goal attempts to move into 19th (has 154)
• Needs seven three-point field goals to move into 18th (has 53)
• Needs three free throw attempts to rank 17th and 36 to rank 15th (has 249)
• Needs four free throws to rank 16th and 10 to rank 15th (has 189).
• Needs eight defensive rebounds to move into 17th and nine to move into 16th (has 246)
• Needs two assists to move rank 19th and 13 to rank 18th (has 153)
• Needs two steals to rank fifth, five to rank third and 12 to rank second (has 120)
• Needs four free throw attempts to rank 18th and six to rank 17th (has 246)
• Needs six free throws to rank 17th and nine to rank 16th (has 184)
• Needs three offensive rebounds to move into 17th and 12 to move into 16th (has 103)
THESE ARE THE FACTS
This is the 85th season of basketball at Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays first took to the hardwood in 1919-20. Hopkins boasts an all-time record of 812-917-1 (.469). JHU has won four conference tournament titles (two Centennial, two MAC) and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
ON THE BENCH
Head coach Bill Nelson is in his 24th season on the Blue Jay bench and 30th as a head coach. The longest tenured coach in program history, he is also the winningest with a 382-223 (.631) record. He has coached the Blue Jays to 15 or more wins in 17 of his 23 seasons at Homewood.
Hopkins has won two Centennial Conference titles and made eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including five straight from 1990-1994, during Nelson’s tenure.
Nelson is the second longest tenured coach in the Centennial Conference behind Franklin & Marshall’s Glenn Robinson. He ranks second in conference history in overall wins (382) and conference wins (157).
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
The Blue Jays will be led this year by senior co-captains Pat O’Connell and Matt Dapas. O’Connell has averaged 7.6 points and 3.7 rebounds while playing 28.2 minutes per game in his career. Dapas, who joined the team as a sophomore, has seen action in 15 games in the last two years.
Johns Hopkins was picked to finish sixth (84 points) in the Centennial Conference in a preseason poll of the conference’s coaches and SIDs. Franklin & Marshall was picked to win the conference with 161 points and 17 first-place votes.