Johns Hopkins Handles Men's Basketball, 67-53
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Freshman Jay Kober scored a game-high 19 points and sophomore Will Gates added 14 to lead the Swarthmore College men's basketball (4-10, 1-6), but visiting Johns Hopkins proved to be too much around the basket, as the Blue Jays outscored the Garnet 34-16 in the paint en route to a 67-53 victory on Thursday evening from Tarble Pavilion.
Big men John Alberici (16) and Aleksandar Nikolic (14) each hit double digits for Hopkins (4-10, 2-5), as the size of the Jays proved problematic for the Garnet all game long.
Kober had the hot-hand for the Garnet from the opening tip, scoring Swarthmore's first nine points of the game in a back-and-forth opening few minutes. A lay-up from senior captain Sam Lacy off an excellent assist from sophomore Jordan Martinez saw the Garnet down 12-11 at the 13:05 mark.
From there, Hopkins created separation over the next nine minutes thanks to excellent play in the paint, building a 10-point advantage with 4:13 remaining in the first. Over that nine-minute streak, Hopkins shot 8-of-13 from the field with six different players finding the basket. The lead would eventually stretch to 14 when sophomore Mike Rhoads drilled a three-pointer with three seconds remaining in the half. The Blue Jays entered the locker room with 38-24 edge.
In the second half, Swarthmore played even with Johns Hopkins(29-29) thanks to great efforts from Gates (7)and freshman Jordan Federer (6), but could not get any closer than within seven points. A three-pointer from junior Marc Rogalski had the Garnet down eight points at 46-38 with 13:05 left to play, but the Blue Jays responded with a 13-2 run over the next three minutes to put the game out of reach. The Jays decisive run was fueled by three and-one plays on fours trips down the court.
Hopkins extended the lead to as large as 21 points and held on for the 67-53 win.
Along with the advantage in the paint, Johns Hopkins dominated in bench points, outscoring Swat 25-13.
Swarthmore forced the Blue Jays to committ 15 turnovers while giving the ball away a season-low eight times.
Gates and Kober both finished with a team-high five rebounds. Martinez added three assists and Federer finished with two steals.
Swarthmore returns to Tarble Pavilion to face Dickinson on Saturday. Action is slated for 4:00 p.m.