Hopkins' hex over Washington continues with 68-61 OT win

January 28, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

CHESTERTOWN -- Luke Busby, Frank Grzywacz and Mike Rotay were high school seniors at the time, but they were still a part of the start of Johns Hopkins' six-game win streak over Washington.

In February 1990, Hopkins handed Washington a 15-point loss, one of only two setbacks the Shoremen had during an 18-game roll that took them to the NCAA Division III Final Four. Busby, Grzywacz and Rotay were making a campus visit to Hopkins that weekend, and that's when they began to learn the importance of the rivalry.

The Blue Jays beat the Shoremen 68-61 in overtime at the Cain Athletic Center last night, giving the Hopkins Class of 1994 a 5-0 record over Washington.

"We talk about beating Washington all the time," Busby said. "In practice, at halftime, during the game, we tell ourselves that we've got to beat them. We get up for Washington as much as anyone else on the schedule."

The Blue Jays start senior point guard Danny Knee and four third-year men -- yes bobby-soxers, coach Bill Nelson calls them Danny and the Juniors -- and Busby, Grzywacz, Rotay and Lou Sabad are trying to lead Hopkins to its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Busby, a 6-foot-3 wing from Burton, Ohio, has 948 career points. He had 27 and 13 rebounds last night, both game highs. He had a breakaway layup and four free throws in the last 2:06 of overtime, when the Blue Jays pulled away from a 60-59 lead to post a significant victory in the Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast Section.

On Saturday, Hopkins (12-5, 3-0) takes a six-game win streak to Widener, which was the section's other unbeaten after a 65-52 victory over Swarthmore last night. For Washington (8-9, 2-1), a three-game win streak ended.

Washington junior Geoff Rupert (South Carroll) hit two free throws with 12 seconds left in regulation to force a tie at 55 and the overtime. Busby's three-pointer -- the Jays' only one of the game -- had broken a tie at 51, before Charles Cummings (St. Paul's) hit a jumper from the left wing to cut the difference to one. Knee pushed Hopkins ahead 55-53 with a single free throw eight seconds later.

The Shoremen turned the ball over, but got it right back with a trap of Busby, setting up Rupert's free throws.

Sabad had 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting and 11 rebounds, and Knee had 13 points. Senior center Darren Vican, who scored his 1,000th career point last week, had 14 points and six rebounds for the Shoremen.

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