Blue Jays Soar Over Shoremen, 91-63

Blue Jays Soar Over Shoremen, 91-63

Morgan Tallies 16 Points

BALTIMORE, Md. – Host Johns Hopkins got a game-best 25 points from Gene Williams en route to a 91-63 victory over visiting Washington College at Goldfarb Gym in a Centennial Conference men's basketball contest on Wednesday night.  The Blue Jays improve to 9-7 overall and 6-3 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen drop to 4-12 and 3-6.

The two teams were tied 7-7 just three minutes into the game after a three-pointer by Washington sophomore forward Pat Morgan (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) when the Blue Jays went on a 12-0 run to take a 19-7 lead with 13:15 to go in the opening half on a free throw by Jimmy Hammer.  The Shoremen cut the lead to 29-26 with a 19-10 run of their own with 5:16 remaining on a lay-in by junior forward Sean Flanigan (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's).  However, Johns Hopkins responded with 13 straight points to take a 42-26 lead with 1:41 left on a bunny by George Burgarinovic.  Washington score five of the last seven points of the half to cut the lead to 44-31 at halftime.  The Blue Jays enjoyed a commanding 22-4 edge in points in the paint in the first 20 minutes and 54-16 for the game.

The Blue Jays outscored the Shoremen in the second half 47-32.  The Blue Jays led by as many as 29 points at 91-62 with 44 ticks remaining on a Max McKee hoop.

In addition to Williams, Niko Kotoulas had 16 points, while Burgarinovic had 14 points, a game-best seven rebounds and a contest-high three steals.  Hammer handed out seven assists to lead all players.  The Blue Jays shot 61% from the floor (37-for-61), 41% from foul line (11-for-27), and 30% from three-point range (6-for-20).  Johns Hopkins had a 43-21 edge on the boards and scored all 17 fast-break points in the win.

Morgan had 16 points to lead the Shoremen, while Flanigan added 10 points for the guests.  Washington shot 35% from the floor (16-for-46), 78% from the free throw stripe (25-for-32) and 33% from behind the arc (6-for-18). 

The Shoremen return to the court on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. against visiting Gettysburg in a conference meeting.  After the game will be the annual alumni game at 6:00 p.m.