Hopkins aims for tourney spot

February 23, 1994|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer

The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team is right on schedule again. Barring a collapse tonight against Muhlenberg in the first round of the Centennial Conference tournament, the Blue Jays (19-5) are a lock for their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Blue Jays, who finished a strong second in the league's Western Division behind Franklin & Marshall, figure to get a third crack at the Diplomats on Saturday in the conference title game. Three weeks ago, Hopkins fell to Franklin & Marshall, 69-68.

The Blue Jays, ranked third in the Middle Atlantic Region -- at least four teams from each region will go to the 40-team national tournament -- cannot play much better than they have lately. The Blue Jays have won 15 of their past 17 games, they lead the conference in scoring defense (60.6), and they have the league's hottest player, senior center Frank Grzywacz.

Grzywacz made the all-conference first team and is the season's final conference Player of the Week after averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two victories.

Gopher power

While Johns Hopkins has long been an established Division III power under coach Bill Nelson, Goucher College has begun to turn that corner this year under Leonard Trevino.

The Gophers, winding up their fourth men's basketball season, are poised to win the Capital Athletic Conference in their third year as a member of the league.

Goucher finished the regular season Sunday with its school-record seventh in a row, a 98-75 victory over Catholic University that clinched the regular-season CAC crown. The Gophers (15-9) earned the top seed in this week's CAC tournament. Tomorrow, they will play host to either Gallaudet or Catholic in the tournament semifinals.

Although the CAC tournament winner does not receive an automatic bid to the national Division III tournament, the Gophers could conclude their season with 17 victories. That would be as many victories as Goucher has achieved in its previous two seasons combined.

Two former Catonsville High School players, juniors David Clark (18.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.4 apg) and Gerard Garlic (10.3 ppg, 3.5 spg) have been key contributors.

Two for the Towson books

Towson State's women's basketball team tuned up for the stretch run of its Big South schedule with a different kind of double-double in Monday's 83-73 win over Bucknell.

Senior forward Danielle Barry and senior guard Shannon Ward teamed up to make history, as the Tigers won their fifth straight. Barry scored 18 points to become the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,421 career points. Ward scored a game-high 25 points to become the eighth player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Retrievers keep winning

The dream season goes on for the UMBC women's basketball team. The Retrievers, who, due to injuries and academic problems, were down to seven players two months ago, have won a school-record seven straight games.

Friday, UMBC (11-9, 10-3) can vault past visiting UNC-Greensboro (11-3 in Big South) into first place. The Retrievers are 7-0 at home this season, 23-2 at UMBC Fieldhouse over the past four years.

3-point aces

Coppin State's men's basketball team has won 13 straight, as the Eagles continue to extend the nation's longest winning streak. They also remain one of the country's premier perimeter shooting teams.

The Eagles are converting an average of 8.8 three-pointers, eighth in the nation. With each three-point shot he makes, junior Keith Carmichael extends his school record, which stands at 101.

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