Conference champions Johns Hopkins (18-9) and Salisbury State (22-6) were among the 40 teams selected for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III men's championships yesterday.
Hopkins, in the tournament for the second-straight year, earned an automatic bid as the Middle Atlantic Conference-South champion after beating Swarthmore in overtime, 82-80, Saturday night. Salisbury State got in on strength of record after winning the Eastern States Athletic Conference title Saturday. That champion does not receive an automatic bid.
Johns Hopkins, in the East Region, will open at home against MAC member Dickinson (19-7) on Thursday night at 8 o'clock, with the winner going to Lancaster, Pa., Saturday night to oppose Franklin & Marshall (24-2). Hopkins beat F&M in Lancaster in the first round of last week's MAC tournament, 81-71.
Salisbury State, in the Atlantic Region, will play at Ramapo College (21-6) in Mahwah, N.J., Saturday night. This is Salisbury's second bid in school history, the other having come in 1984-85, when it went 22-5 and lost to Trenton State in the first round.
Hopkins is still enjoying the euphoria of its second MAC-South title in history (the other was in 1974), one that did not come easily. The Blue Jays trailed at Swarthmore, 65-58, with 1 minute, 3 seconds left in regulation.
A free throw by Bill Zahn, a three-point play by Andy Enfield and a three-point basket by Luke Busby brought Hopkins within 69-65 with 20 seconds left.
From there, Enfield, a senior guard, deposited a three-point jumper at 0:13, and after Scott Gibbons made the second of two free throws for the Garnet at 0:09, Enfield pushed the ball the length of the floor, hinted at taking a possible game-winning three-pointer, then passed inside to Zahn, whose layup tied the game at 70.
Freshman guard Michael Rotay, in for Dave Eikenberg, who had fouled out with a minute left in regulation, scored six points in overtime as Hopkins built a five-point lead.
Enfield sealed the triumph when he made both ends of a one-and-one with :08 left to complete a 28-point performance.
Frontliners Eric Hastings and Zahn, a pair of 6-foot-5 seniors, did the job for Hopkins inside.
Hastings had 14 points, 10 rebounds, and Zahn, 12 points, 11 rebounds.
Salisbury State will go in with a 12-game winning streak, nine of which came on the road. The last of those was a 112-94 win over Cabrini in the Eastern States championship game Saturday.
The Sea Gulls' leader is Andre Foreman, who had 40 points and 15 rebounds against Cabrini. The 6-4 forward is the leading scorer in Division III at 32.1, and averages 12.3 rebounds. He is the first junior in state collegiate history to score more than 2,000 points.