Hopkins passes torch, and Dickinson

March 01, 1991|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Evening Sun Staff

They bridged basketball eras at Johns Hopkins University last night.

There was Andy Enfield, the Blue Jays' marvelously steady senior, nailing the big basket, the one that put him over 2,000 points for a career, the one that put Hopkins over the top against Dickinson College.

Then there was Luke Busby, the Jays' precocious freshman, drilling three straight jumpers, scoring 10 points in six blistering minutes to give Hopkins a badly needed lift.

It was a symbolic passing of the torch. On the night that Enfield said his goodbyes to a standing-room-crowd in one final game at the Newton White Jr. Athletic Center, Busby was looking very much like the heir apparent.

"We definitely have confidence in Luke," Enfield said after Hopkins (19-9) beat Dickinson, 65-60, and advanced to a second-round clash with Franklin & Marshall in the NCAA Division III tournament. "He's come through all year."

Just as this team has been Enfield's the last four years, just as it will be Jay Gangemi's next season, it figures, in time, to become Busby's. He played just 13 minutes last night, but in a six-minute stretch of the second half he hit two critical three-point field goals, a 15-footer and an eight-footer to help get Hopkins over the hump.

With Dickinson denying Enfield the ball, Busby and senior Eric Hastings of Perry Hall combined for 17 consecutive Hopkins points. Dickinson never recovered.

"It's my job to come in and score some quick points," Busby said. "I don't feel that pressure."

"They're talking about Luke taking Andy's crown away next year," Hastings said in jest.

No one will take Enfield's scoring crown away any time soon. It was his jumper at the top of the key that gave the Blue Jays their last lead, at 41-40, just before Busby took over. That gave him 2,001 for his career. He added two free throws to finish with 14 in the game and 2,003 overall, the school's all-time record. He also will finish his career as the NCAA's all-time most accurate free throw shooter -- in any division -- at 95 percent.

Enfield isn't done yet, though. There's a rendezvous tomorrow night in Lancaster with archrival Franklin & Marshall next. F&M (24-2) is the second-ranked Division III team in the country and the top seed in the Middle Atlantic Region of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Jays are the only team to have beaten the Diplomats in Lancaster in more than two seasons. And they've done it twice, the second time just eight days ago. Ironically, F&M won at Homewood each of the last two seasons.

"It seems like we have their number," Hastings said.

"I think we're the only team that can beat them there," Enfield decided. "I feel good that we've done it twice. It's got to be in the backs of their minds . . . 'Well, Hopkins is coming again.'

"If we get past F&M, we have as good a chance [to reach the Final Four] as anyone."

Hopkins coach Bill Nelson isn't daunted by the idea of having to win a third time in Lancaster to keep his season alive.

"It's a good thing because we know we can do it," Nelson said. "If we don't, the season's over. If we have our legs, I think we can do it. If we don't, who knows."

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Gangemi took a game-high nine rebounds for the Jays, and point guard Dave Eikenberg had nine assists . . . Hastings was 5-for-7 from the field for 11 points.

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