Luke Busby scored a career-high 31 points, 26 of them in the second half, as Johns Hopkins beat Western Maryland, 77-64, at Homewood last night.
It was the 10th straight win for Hopkins, which is 14-3 overall and 5-1 in the Centennial Conference. Western Maryland is 6-10 and 3-4 in the Centennial.
Early in the second half it looked as though the Blue Jays' streak was in jeopardy. The Green Terrors, after leading by seven points at the half, increased their lead to 42-33 with four minutes gone in the second half.
Then Busby, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, caught fire from three-point range.
Busby made three three-pointers within three minutes, and the Jays took a 48-47 lead with 13:05 to play For the game, Busby was 6-for-9 on three-pointers.
"This was the first time I ever scored 30 points," Busby said.
"In the first half we were sluggish. We told each other we were a better team than that, and we finally started to play. Western Maryland was doubling down on us. We like that situation."
"What helped us," Hopkins coach Bill Nelson said, "was getting the ball in and then out. We'd get it into Frank Grzywacz, Western Maryland's defense would collapse on him, and then we'd get it back out to Busby for the shot.
"Ten wins in a row. That's a pretty good run."
Grzywacz, a 6-4 senior center, had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Jays.
Western Maryland was led by 6-4 senior Rolando Welch, who had a team-high 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Green Terrors were sparked to their first-half lead when 5-6 freshman Donte Abron, out of Mount St. Joseph, entered the game at pointguard.
Abron, an exciting player whose style is reminiscent of Muggsy Bogues, led his team's fast-break offense, with long passes and drives to the basket. He contributed 12 points.
"Abron gave us a real boost," Western Maryland coach Nick Zoulias said.
"He did that in our last game, too. I thought for a while we were going to win this game."
The Green Terrors played without their second-leading scorer, Pat Young, who is also from Mount St. Joseph. Young had a badly sprainedankle and was forced to sit out.