In the end, size and skill won out over heart.
Johns Hopkins, which was playing in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 a year before Goucher even had a men's basketball team, overcame a gutty effort by the Gophers and won, 89-65, last night at Goucher's Sports and Recreation Center.
"We knew they would definitely be psyched for us," Hopkins coach Bill Nelson said. "They were scrappy. They didn't let us do what we wanted to do on offense."
The size and skill were provided by center Frank Grzywacz, who scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
"He was probably the difference between the two teams tonight," Nelson said. "He's the guy you go to when you need something."
Forward Jay Gangemi, who passed the 1,000-point plateau in the first half, added 19 points.
Whenever the Gophers (1-3) challenged, Hopkins (3-0) would reel off a few layups and pump up its lead.
Goucher was a team that by all rights shouldn't have been able to stay close to Hopkins. The Gophers were 3-18 last season, which was their first having a basketball team. Hopkins was coming off a 19-10 season and two consecutive NCAA Division III tournament appearances.
The Blue Jays had started off this season with two wins, including one on Saturday over Hamilton, which finished the regular season 24-0 last year and was ranked No. 1 in Division III.