Size beat quickness at the Newton White Athletc Center last night, as the University of Rochester, with three starters as tall or taller than any opposing starter, defeated Johns Hopkins. 81-73.
It was the opening University Athletic Association game for both teams.
Rochester (4-1), with three starters from last year's Division III national champions, bolted to a 7-0 lead and never trailed.
Johns HopkIns (3-2) rallied from a first-half, 13-point deficit to get Within 50-48, but Rochester quickly restored a 10-point cushion.
A three-pointer by Andy Enfield, who led Hopkins With 33 points, got the home team within 65-58 at 5 minutes, 30 seconds, but again the Yellow Jackets shot themselves out of danger.
Rochester threatened to blow Hopkins out of its gym in the first eight minutes, sprinting to a 22-9 lead. The Blue Jays made only three baskets in that span, none by senior scoring star Enfield.
Enfield took care of most of the Blue Jays' scoring in the first seven minutes of the second half, however, accounting for 11 of the first 16 points, helping his team close within 50-48.
Shooting guard Adam Petrosky, who finished with 31 points, then hit a three-point shot, and Hopkins got no closer.
Hopkins, shooting 77 percent on the season, made only 12 of 22 foul shots, prompting coach Bill Nelson to say; "We shot 77 percent last year and were sixth in the nation. It's one of those things.
"Bob McCone [assistant coach) put the defense in, and we had one night to work on it after a Monday game. We double-teamed the ball down low and did a good job because it forced them outside. If we hit our free throws, we're in the game."
The Blue Jays' field-goal shooting percentage was respectable at .450, but it marked the 43rd consecutive game in which Rochester held the opposition under .500.
"We needed this one - a good game against a good team - to show that last year was last year and this is a new season," said Mike Necr, a 15-year Rochester coach and former Naval Academy assistant.
"Hopkins was doing some things not their normal style, and it took us until the second half to trust what we wanted to do against it."