Hammer's Triple Gives Hopkins 68-67 Win Over Shoremen

Hammer's Triple Gives Hopkins 68-67 Win Over Shoremen

Poarch Finishes with 24 Points, 8 Assists in Loss for Shoremen

BALTIMORE, MD -- Jimmy Hammer knocked down what would prove to be the game-winning three-pointer with 11 seconds to play as host Johns Hopkins defeated visiting Centennial Conference rival Washington College, 68-67, in the regular-season men's basketball finale for both schools this afternoon in Baltimore.

Hopkins scored the first nine points of the game and held a 15-point lead with under five minutes to play in the first half.  The Shoremen managed to trim that margin to 34-27 by halftime. 

The Shoremen scored the first six points of the second half to to close the gap to one point at 34-33 on a shot by sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) with 18:13 to go. Hopkins countered with a 12-5 run to extend the lead to 46-38 on a three-pointer by Mike Rhoads with 13:40 left.  Washington scored the next eight points to even the score for the first time at 46-46 on a transition dunk by senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) with 11:25 remaining. 

With the score tied at 48-48, Hopkins scored five quick points to take a 53-48 lead on a transition lay-up by Rhoads with 9:59 remaining. Washington rallied again, taking its first lead of the game on a driving lay-up by sophomore guard John Weston (Tampa, FL/Bolles School) with 6:59 on the clock, putting the Shoremen up, 57-56. A pair of free throws by Adam Spengler with 5:53 remaining gave the lead back to the Blue Jays at 58-57. 

Weston put Washington back in front, 59-58, with a pair of free throws on the other end with 5:40 on the clock. The Shoremen extended the lead to 61-58 on a jumper by freshman forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, PA/Haverford) with 5:11 to go. The Blue Jays evened the score at 61-61 on a jumper by George Bugarinovic with 3:47 left and regained the lead when Matt Chiusano made one of two free throws with 3:14 remaining.

Weston again gave the Shoremen the lead, this time at 64-62, with a three-pointer from the corner with 1:54 left. Bugarinovic made one of two free throws with 1:26 remaining to trim the margin to 64-63. Poarch made one of a pair of free throws with 52 seconds to go to push the lead to 65-63. 

After a Hopkins timeout, Poarch stole the inbounds pass and scored a transition lay-up to give the Shoremen their biggest advantage of the game at 67-63 with 41 seconds remaining.  Rhoads hit a jump shot on the other end to pull the Blue Jays back within two at 67-65 with 29 seconds left. Weston was fouled with 28 seconds remaining, but missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Blue Jays came up with the rebound. Hopkins called a timeout with 14 seconds remaining before Hammer knocked down the game-winning three-pointer with. Washington was unable to get a shot off on the ensuing possession as the Blue Jays held on for the win. 

Bugarinovic paced four Hopkins players in double figures with 21 points to go along with a game-best nine rebounds and two blocks. Rhoads added 16 points, while Spengler and Hammer had 11 a piece.  Hammer also had a team-best six assists and three steals.

Poarch had a big game for the Shoremen in the loss, scoring a game-high 24 points - 20 of them in the second half - to go along with game highs of eights assists and four steals. He also had five rebounds in the loss.  McShane added 14 points, while Weston came off the bench for 11. 

The Shoremen close out the season 4-21 overall and 4-14 in Centennial Conference play. The Blue Jays, who completed their regular season conference schedule with a 12-6 mark, will take a 16-9 overall record into the Centennial Conference Tournament.