February 9, 2011

Late surge lifts Johns Hopkins

Blue Jays down McDaniel in defensive affair

WESTMINSTER, Md. – John Alberici netted a game-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds, leading Johns Hopkins to a 47-45 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.

Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) paced the Green Terror (11-11, 8-7 CC) with 10 points. Despite its third straight loss, McDaniel continued to lose no ground in the race for the conference playoffs. Muhlenberg, Haverford and Gettysburg, which all entered the night tied with the Green Terror for third place, each lost as well, leaving a four-way tie for third place and Ursinus, an 87-84 winner over the Fords, one game behind with three to play.

Mike Rhoads added nine points for the Blue Jays (6-16, 4-11 CC), who used a late rally to defeat McDaniel for the first time in three attempts this season.

Trailing 43-41, Alberici hit a pair of free throws with 1:28 on the clock and added a hook shot in the lane with 49.1 seconds on the clock for a 45-43 advantage.

Daniel Corbett hit the second of two free throws with 29.6 seconds showing to stretch the lead to three before Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) converted a layup with 11.5 seconds on the clock, capping his six-point night to draw the hosts within 46-45.

Corbett once again sank the second of two attempts from the charity stripe with 9.9 seconds remaining to make it a two-point advantage.

The Green Terror had a look at the game-winning 3-pointer from the left side in the final four seconds but the shot rimmed out and Rhoads corralled the rebound to secure the win for his team.

In a game that featured seven ties and 16 lead changes, six of the deadlocks and 10 of the lead changes came in a first half in which neither team lead by more than five points.

Trailing 12-10, Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) hit a jumper with 10:46 to play for the fifth tie, sparking a 7-0 run that gave McDaniel a 17-12 lead with 8:38 on the clock.

Seven straight Blue Jays points, capped by a Sean O'Connor trey, gave the visitors a 19-17 advantage two minutes later.

Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) put the Green Terror on top 23-22 with 1:30 to play in the first half but Corbett hit a 15-footer to beat the first-half buzzer and give his team a one-point edge entering the break.

After Rhoades hit a 3-pointer to give Johns Hopkins a 29-27 lead, Jarboe countered with a triple of his own to spark a 6-0 burst that gave McDaniel a four-point advantage with 12:36 to play.

The Green Terror stretched the lead to 37-31 on a Jarboe jumper in the lane with 9:55 to play but the Blue Jay reeled off the game's next 10 points and held their hosts without a field goal for the next 7 minutes, 32 seconds.

After Johns Hopkins built a 41-37 lead with 4:46 on the clock, Dyson and Sarris-Grau each hit single free throws before Jarboe canned a 3-pointer that put the hosts back on top 42-41 with 2:23 to play.

Dyson hit one free throw to push that lead to two with 1:51 showing before the late rally by the Blue Jays.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.

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