Freshman Luke Busby and senior Eric Hastings rescued a struggling Johns Hopkins basketball team by scoring all 15 of the Blue Jays' points during a 10-minute span in the second half, and Johns Hopkins held off Dickinson, 65-60, in the first round of the Division III national championship tournament last night at Hopkins.
Their work provided Hopkins with a 58-50 lead with 1:27 to go and had an overflow crowd of 1,200 at the Newton White Athletic Center on their feet and screaming, but it almost wasn't enough.
The game came down to Hopkins holding a 63-60 lead with 7.8 seconds left and Dickinson going for a three-point shot. However, Jim Sheker was called for stepping on the sideline, and Hastings got an uncontested slam at the buzzer.
The victory sends Hopkins (19-9) to Franklin & Marshall (24-2) for an 8 p.m. game tomorrow. F&M drew a first-round bye.
"Aside from Busby and Hastings' points in that stretch, our defense was the story," Hopkins coach Bill Nelson said. "Other than their leading scorer, [Mark Copeland, whose 18 points were two above his average], we held all the others under their averages."
From an eight-point deficit, Sheker and Mark Copeland brought Dickinson to within 58-57 going into the last 40 seconds.
Andy Enfield's only two free throws of the night gave Hopkins a three-point lead, and Sheker came back to make only one of three successive free throws. Enfield, with Dickinson players double-teaming him and making sure they didn't foul him, managed 14 points and now has 2,003 for a career.