BALTIMORE — After going 0-2 last week, Washington is looking in from the outside for a berth in the Centennial Conference men’s basketball tournament.
Washington is one win behind Ursinus for the final playoff spot. In a bit of fortuitous scheduling, Washington (7-14, 5-9 CC) was to host Ursinus (11-10, 6-8 CC) last night.
There are four regular-season games remaining, all conference contests.
Meantime, No. 10-ranked Johns Hopkins tightened its grip on the second seed in the CC tournament after topping Washington, 81-51, Saturday. This wire-to-wire victory was in marked contrast to the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 11, when Hopkins rallied from a 19-point deficit in the second half to leave Chestertown with an 86-83 overtime win.
The Blue Jays won their 10th game in a row to improve to 19-2 on the season and 13-1 in the conference — trailing only No. 1 Swarthmore (21-0, 14-0 CC). For the game they shot 56% from the floor, 65% in the second half.
Hopkins grabbed a 7-1 lead in the opening 74 seconds, thanks to five straight points from junior Conner Delaney.
Following a three from Washington freshman Patrick Devitt that kept it a six-point game, 22-16, Harry O’Neil drained a 3-pointer to start a 13-2 Johns Hopkins run. Tom Quarry capped the run with a pair of free throws, staking Hopkins to a 35-18 lead with 3 minutes, 48 seconds to play before intermission.
Derrick Carter made two free throws and Daniel Brown hit a layup to shrink the deficit to 13 points with just under two minutes to go in the half.
O’Neil responded with two free throws and then Delaney beat the buzzer with a pull-up three to send Hopkins into the locker room with a 40-22 lead.
Brown opened the second-half scoring with a layup, but the Blue Jays answered with 16 of the next 20 points to push their lead to 56-28 with 11:51 to go. Five Hopkins players scored during the run, capped by an O’Neil bucket in the paint.
Carter’s jumper with 10:31 to go halted the run. He scored five points in a row, making it 59-36, but that was as close as Washington would get.
Hopkins took its largest lead at 72-40 on a Quarry 3-pointer with 6:43 remaining.
Delaney led all scorers with 23 points, going 10-of-11 from the field. This was his 10th 20-point game of the season and 12th of his career.
Quarry and Alex Schachne contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively. Ethan Bartlett (eight points) led all players with 10 rebounds.
Brown (12 points) was the top scorer for Washington, reaching double figures for the ninth game in a row. He is averaging a team-best 12.2 points per game.
Devitt scored a career high of 11 points in 18 minutes off the bench and Austin Allen added 10 points.
Brown and Allen accounted for 22 of the 23 points scored by the Shoremen’s starters. By comparison, Hopkins’ starters totaled 53 points.