Hopkins wins 11th straight, 72-63

February 14, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Johns Hopkins won its 11th straight last night, tying a school record set last season, when it beat Washington College, 72-63, at Homewood.

The Blue Jays led by 17 points at halftime and threatened to turn the game into a rout.

But when the second half began, after a long ceremony honoring seniors Danny Knee, John Allegretti and Chris Russell, Hopkins was cold and Washington College heated up.

Peter Basel, the game's high scorer with 18 points, hit two three-pointers for the Shoremen, and the visitors began to close the gap.

Washington College closed to 61-58 with 1:54 to play, but then Hopkins' Brian Markey, Lou Sabad and Luke Busby hit clutch foul shots to put the game away.

Hopkins (17-5) is 8-0 and in first place in the Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast Section.

Washington College (10-12, 5-3) is in a tough spot for making the playoffs.

"We have to beat Ursinus Wednesday and Widener Saturday, and Hopkins has to beat Widener Wednesday, for us to be one of the two teams in the division to make the playoffs," said Washington coach Tom Finnegan.

Last night the Shoremen made too many mistakes in the first half and shot 32 percent.

Center Frank Grzywacz was one of three players with 14 points for the Blue Jays. The others were Busby and Sabad.

Said Grzywacz of the 11-game streak: "Last year we started the season by going 11-0. I think we're better off this way, gathering momentum down the stretch."

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