CHESTERTOWN — Nationally ranked Johns Hopkins averted an upset here Saturday, wiping out a 19-point deficit in the second half to defeat Washington in overtime, 86-83.
The No. 16 Blue Jays, who received a game high of 29 points from junior guard Conner Delaney, improved to 5-1 in the Centennial Conference. They are 11-2 overall, with losses to No. 1 Swarthmore (13-0) and Stevens (10-3).
Washington’s men slipped to 3-10, 1-5 in the CC.
The Shoremen jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the opening two and a half minutes, going 4-of-5 from the field.
Braeden Johnson hit a three with 16 minutes, 17 seconds to go in the half to spark a 14-2 run that gave the Blue Jays a 16-11 lead less than four minutes later. Five players scored in the run, which was fueled by a pair of Johnson 3-pointers and a Tom Quarry three-point play.
Washington scored the next 10 points, capped by a Cole Storm 3-pointer, to go up 21-16.
Back-to-back baskets from Delaney and Chid Nnake (eight points) pulled the Blue Jays to within one.
After trading field goals, the Shoremen scored seven unanswered points to push out to a 32-24 lead with 2:38 remaining in the half.
A Quarry three-point play was answered by an Alec Lewis three and the lead was seven.
Delaney responded on the other end with a driving layup to make it 35-30 with 59 seconds to play, and that is how the teams would go into the half.
The Shoremen shot 58.3% in the first half (14-of-24) and were led by Lewis’ eight points.
After the Blue Jays closed to 35-32 early in the second half, Washington’s men answered with seven straight points to claim their first double-digit lead at 42-32 on a pair of Austin Allen free throws at the 17:15 mark.
The home team extended the lead to 19 points, 54-35, with 12:16 remaining in regulation.
Dallas Marshall (14 points) scored five straight points after the Blue Jays pulled to within 42-35, staking the Shoremen to a 47-35 lead with 15:41 to go. Daniel Brown followed with a tip-in and a jumper and Allen converted a layup and a free throw to cap the stretch.
Washington’s advantage was still 19 points, 60-41, at the 9:45 mark but the visiting team tightened up on the defensive end and scored 11 straight points to pull within 60-52 with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation after Johnson (15 points) went 6-for-6 from the stripe and Joey Kern (14 points) knocked down a three to highlight the Blue Jays’ run.
The Shoremen held a 68-60 advantage with 2:22 remaining after a layup by Lewis. But the Blue Jays scored 10 of the next 14 points to close to 72-70 with exactly one minute remaining.
It looked like Washington would pull it out after Derrick Carter made two free throws for a 76-71 edge with 28 seconds to go. However, Johns Hopkins completed an improbable comeback.
Delaney buried a 3-pointer and Johnson then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and found an open Carson James for the tying layup with 10 seconds to go.
Carter had an opportunity to win the game for Washington in regulation with a driving layup but Quarry (nine points, nine rebounds, two blocks) came up with a rejection.
Kern misfired on a three at the buzzer.
Delaney opened the scoring in overtime with a bucket in the paint to give Hopkins its first lead since 11:41 of the first half.
Brown (13 points) scored inside and Carter (seven points) swished a three to spot the Shoremen an 81-78 lead with 3:16 left in the five-minute extra period.
Washington took its biggest lead of OT at 82-78 after Lewis made the back end of a two-shot foul at 2:57.
JHU pulled ahead, 84-83, after James (seven points) completed a traditional three-point play and Kern canned a 3-pointer with 1:51 remaining.
Washington came up empty on its final three field goal attempts, while Hopkins made two of four free throws over the final 29 seconds.
Lewis (seven rebounds) and Allen (five rebounds) scored 17 points apiece to lead four Shoremen in double figures. Dilyn Becker led the team with nine rebounds.
Washington (28-of-56) shot 50.0% from the floor, compared to 42% for Hopkins (27-of-64).