Blue Jays Rally Past Shoremen, 63-49
Morgan and Cunningham Score 12 Each
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Johns Hopkins used a 30-5 second half run over a span of 12:06 to turn a 33-21 deficit into a 51-38 lead en route to a 63-49 win over host Washington College on Wednesday evening in Centennial Conference men's basketball action at the Cain Athletic Center. The Blue Jays improve to 11-7 overall and 7-4 in the conference, while the Shoremen drop to 2-16 and 2-9 respectively.
Washington led 33-21 with 18:32 left in the second half following a layup by junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) as the Shoremen scored the opening five points of the second stanza to take its biggest lead of the contest. Johns Hopkins began its run on a Jimmy Hammer three-pointer with 18:12 to go in the contest to cut the Shoremen lead to 33-24. The Blue Jays would trim the lead to 33-31 on a Mike Rhoads trifecta with 16:18 remaining. After a transition layup by senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) ended a run of 10 straight points by the Blue Jays to put WC up 35-31 with 15:39 left, the Blue Jays tied it at 35-35 on two Rhoads free throws with 14:10 remaining in the contest. 47 seconds later, Gene Williams put the visitors ahead for good on a three-pointer at 38-35. Hopkins scored the next six points to led 44-35, its biggest lead of the ballgame at that point, with 8:55 remaining in the game on a Connor McIntyre layup. After a three-pointer by Washington freshman guard Pat Morgan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) cut the Blue Jays' bulge to 44-38 with 8:38 left in the second half, Hopkins scored the next seven points to complete the run, capping it on a Rhoads jumper with 6:06 left to make it 51-38. The Shoremen would get it within eight points at 55-47 on a triple by sophomore guard Sean Brooks (North Wales, PA/North Penn) with 3:24 left, but the Blue Jays scored eight of the final 10 points to cap the rally. Hopkins led by as much as 14 on two occasions in the final 62 seconds.
In the first half, Hopkins raced out to a 7-2 lead on a McIntyre layup with 16:41 left in the half. Washington went on a 17-6 run to grab a 19-13 lead with 8:59 in the opening half on a Morgan three. The Shoremen led by as many as 10 points in the first half at 27-17 with 3:06 remaining in the first on a lay-in by sophomore guard Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark's). The Shoremen took a 28-21 lead into halftime.
McIntyre totaled a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Adam Spengler scored a game-best 15 points for the Blue Jays. Hammer added 11 points for the visitors. Rhoads and Spengler each handed out five assists to lead all players. Hopkins shot 47% from the floor (24-for-51), 39% from three-point land (5-for-13) and 83% from the foul line (10-for-12). The Blue Jays enjoyed a 42-29 advantage on the boards and had 17 assists on their 24 field goals.
Cunningham and Morgan had 12 points each to lead the Shoremen, with Morgan posting a career-high in points. Cunningham and McShane both grabbed six rebounds to lead the hosts, while Cunningham had a game-high three steals to tie his personal best. The Shoremen shot 32% from the field (20-for-63), 24% from three-point range (6-for-24) and 38% from the stripe (3-for-8). WC turned it over just nine times, while forcing 17 Hopkins miscues.
Hopkins enjoyed a 36-24 edge in points in the paint, while Washington had a 15-9 advantage in points off of turnovers and 12-2 cushion in fast-break points.
The Shoremen are back in action on Saturday afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. game at McDaniel in Centennial Conference play.