Late basket lifts Hopkins to 66-64 win over Goucher Simmons scores with :03 remaining to boost Jays

November 22, 1995|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,SUN STAFF

Scott Simmons drove to the basket and made a 12-foot shot with three seconds remaining last night to give Johns Hopkins a 66-64 victory over host Goucher.

"Scott only made three field goals, but he sure picked the right time to make that last one," said coach Bill Nelson, whose Blue Jays improved to 2-1.

"Medium range is my best distance," said Simmons, a junior from Princeton, N.J., who is wearing a splint on his nose and can breathe only through his mouth. He broke his nose in practice and underwent surgery two weeks ago.

In the final second, the Gophers' Pedrag Durkovic forced a 20-foot desperation shot that was well off the mark, and Goucher fell to 1-2.

"We had chances to win at the end but we didn't execute," said Goucher coach Len Trevino. "Simmons made the big shot when it counted."

Hopkins' Greg Roehrig was high scorer with 23 points.

Goucher began playing men's basketball five years ago and lost its first two meetings with the Blue Jays. The series stands at 3-2 in favor of Hopkins.

The visitors started strongly, grabbing a 4-0 lead and extending it to 12-2 five minutes into the game. Wes Unseld and Roehrig each had two field goals during that span.

Then Goucher's speed and quickness began to pay off as the Gophers stole the ball from Hopkins three times and started taking rebounds from the hands of Blue Jays.

Durkovic, Goucher's 6-foot-7 junior center, hit two jumpers from the top of the key -- one of them a three-pointer -- as the home team cut Hopkins's lead to 28-27.

With 1:12 left in the half, Durkovic made two free throws to give Goucher its first lead of the night, 31-30.

At the buzzer, Hopkins' Sloan Wobbeking hit a twisting shot from under the basket to give the Blue Jays a 32-31 lead. Roehrig had 12 points in the first half.

The second half was close throughout with the lead changing hands seven times.

Goucher's Dexter Martin stole an inbounds pass and made TC layup to give the Gophers a 63-60 lead with 2:26 to go. But Hopkins' Unseld and Ryan Peterson hit key baskets to even the score at 64, setting the stage for Simmons' game-winner.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Sandlin 4-11 0-0 8, Simmons 3-5 0-0 6, Carr 1-2 0-0 2, Geschke 1-6 0-0 2, Bevington 0-1 0-0 0, Wobbeking 1-1 0-1 2, Ellis 0-2 0-0 0, Peterson 5-5 2-2 12, Roehrig 10-14 3-4 23, Unseld 5-9 1-2 11. Totals 30-56 6-9 66.

GOUCHER -- Milosevic 0-1 0-0 0, Marshall 3-6 2-2 8, Beeten 1-5 6-8 9, Nunley 0-1 0-0 0, Washington 3-5 1-2 7, Williams 2-6 4-6 8, Witherspoon 4-8 2-2 11, Friend 3-6 0-0 6, Martin 4-8 0-0 8, Durkovic 2-6 2-2 7. Totals 22-52 17-22 64.

Halftime--Johns Hopkins, 32-31. 3-point goals--JH 0-4 (Geschke 0-1, Roehrig 0-1, Sandlin 0-2); G 3-10 (Beeten 1-3, Durkovic 1-3, Witherspoon 1-3, Nunley 0-1). Fouled out--Unseld. Rebounds--JH 37 (Roehrig, Sandlin 9); G 27 (Martin 8). Assists--JH 9 (Bevington 3); G 15 (Beeten, Marshall 3). Total fouls--JH 19, G 13. A--365.

* Washington College 65, Frostburg State 64: Edmund Hicks made two free throws with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting host Washington (2-1) past Frostburg (0-3). Mark Awantag led Washington with 15 points and nine rebounds. Damon Stevenson had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Frostburg.

* Essex CC 91, Cecil CC 55: Andre Poole (Patterson) scored 16 points and Bryant Waller (City) and Jeryl Singletary (Dunbar) each added 15, leading host Essex (3-2) past Cecil (0-5).


* Johns Hopkins 79, Swarthmore 51: Julie Anderson scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, leading visiting Johns Hopkins (3-0) past Swarthmore in the teams' Centennial Conference opener. Angie Arnold added 15 points and eight assists.

* Salisbury State 68, Christopher Newport 63: Dominique Lisa scored 21 points and Amy Fenzel added 14 and 11 rebounds to lead Salisbury (1-2).

* Washington College 64, Goucher 57: Junior forward Allison Wentworth scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power host Washington (3-0) past Goucher (1-2).

* Bowie State 81, Cheyney State 35: Rashida Brooks scored 15 points and had nine rebounds and Kim McCall added 14 and 14 rebounds, leading host Bowie over Cheyney in a nonconference game.

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