The scene was dismal last night for the Johns Hopkins basketball team.
Sophomore standout Wes Unseld Jr. sat on the bench in street clothes because of a knee injury, freshman scoring leader Greg Roehrig (16.2 points) was held scoreless in the first half, the team turned the ball over 12 times in the first 20 minutes, and the Blue Jays had to use a timeout when they couldn't get the ball inbounds early in the second half.
As a result, Western Maryland, rolled to a 73-58 win in a Centennial Conference Western Division game at the Gill Center in Westminster.
The Green Terror (7-10, 3-4) had lost six of its previous seven games and eight straight to Hopkins over the past seven years.
But it was all Western Maryland in this one, as the Green Terror came out hitting from three-point range and almost everywhere else. Western Maryland, shooting 40 percent on three-point tries before the game, hit seven of 14 attempts last night.
The home team bolted to a 22-10 lead in less than 10 minutes and built that margin to 41-25 with 1:15 left in the first half.
After that, Hopkins (3-13, 3-3) never seriously threatened.
"I should have taken a sabbatical this year," said Hopkins coach Bill Nelson, shaking his head after the lopsided loss. "We were down 8-0 before we knew what hit us.
"We had no continuity, no rhythm and you would never know that we talked before the game about how good a three-point shooting team they are."
Nelson was especially disappointed because the Blue Jays were coming off victories over Washington College and Muhlenberg, two of the best teams in the conference.
Freshman forward Will Marshall (Sparrows Point) led the Green Terror with 20 points and eight rebounds and Steve Dziengeleski had 11 points.
Roehrig managed to score 10 points in the second half to become the only Hopkins player to reach double figures.
"It was a good win for us considering the fact Hopkins was coming off those two big wins and we hadn't beaten them in seven years," Western Maryland coach Nick Zoulias said. "We found a way to score points even though our leading scorer [Daeviid St. Rose, from Patapsco] was held to nine points."