Three-Point Shooting Leads Hopkins Past Washington College, 81-63

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The Basics

Score: #22 Johns Hopkins-81, Washington College-63

Records: JHU (20-4, 14-3 CC) • WC (6-18, 3-14 CC)

Location: Chestertown, MD • Cain Athletic Center

The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team drained 15 three-pointers en route to an 81-63 win over host Washington College Wednesday night.


How it Happened

• Following a Daniel Vila dunk that put Hopkins up 8-7, Austin Allen hit a layup to ignite a 7-0 Washington College run. He book-ended the run with a fast-break bucket to stake the Shoremen to a 14-8 lead with 13:55 to play in the half.

• Junior Michael Gardner ended the run with a fast-break layup of his own and classmate Joey Fitzpatrick followed with a bucket in the paint to make it a two-point game. Tas Dixon answered with a jumper in the paint and the lead was 16-12. Senior Kyle Doran then went three-of-four on back-to-back trips to the charity stripe to pull the Jays within one.

• Alec Lewis hit a jumper and Allen sank a free throw to put the home team back up four, 19-15, with 9:49 to go in the half. Freshman Conner Delaney followed with a pair of free throws to spark a 19-5 run that saw the Blue Jays go up 34-24 with 4:56 left in the half. Gardner and seniors Kyle Doran and Jesse Flannery fueled the run with a combined five three-pointers.

• Allen got the lead back to single digits with a jumper, but Doran answered with four straight points, followed by a Delaney layup to make it a 14-point game. The teams traded buckets over the remainder of the half and Hopkins went into the break with a 47-34 lead.

• The teams picked up where they left off to start the second, trading buckets over the opening eight-and-a-half minutes. Leading 61-49, junior Noah Ralby drained a bucket from downtown to kick-start a quick eight-point run that pushed the lead to 20 at the midway point of the half.

• The lead went back-and-forth over the ensuing six minutes and Hopkins led 76-56. A pair of Ralby free throws, followed by a Kabir Suri three-pointer gave Hopkins its biggest lead of the night, 81-56, with 1:23 remaining. Washington College would close the game on a seven-point run to make it a 81-63 final.


What it Means

• Hopkins improves to 79-61 all-time against Washington College and has won five straight in the series.

• The Blue Jays have reached 20 wins for the first time since 2014-15 and just the eighth time in program history.  

• Hopkins ran its win streak to 10, the Blue Jays' longest win streak since a 17-game streak in the 2014-15 season.

• The Blue Jays' 15 three-pointers are one shy of the school record, set earlier this season at Kean. Hopkins now has 219 three-point field goals on the season, breaking the school record of 209 set in 2014-15.


Inside the Box Score

• Gardner led four Blue Jays in double figures with a game-high 19 points, going 7-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from downtown. He also grabbed five rebounds and handed out two assists. Doran scored 12 points and pulled a team-high seven rebounds to go with three helpers.

• Flannery chipped in 12 points and dished three assists while Delaney scored 10 and added three assists and two steals. Delaney now has 100 assists on the season and is just the sixth player in program history to reach the milestone.

• Lewis led the Shoremen with 16 points and three steals. Dixon was the only other player in double figures as he finished with 10 points and a game-high six assists.


Up Next

• Hopkins wraps up the regular season on Saturday at Haverford. Tip-off at Gooding Arena is slated for 2:00 pm.