Greg Roehrig was short in marksmanship most of the night, but not confidence.
Despite suffering his worst shooting game of the season, Roehrig didn't flinch from taking the game-winning shot, sinking a 17-foot baseline jumper with 20 seconds left to lift Johns Hopkins over Ursinus, 66-62, at the White Center.
The Blue Jays (11-4, 3-1 in the Centennial Conference) won their fourth straight to extend their home-court, regular-season winning streak to 15.
"In the zone they were playing, I was open," said Roehrig, who moved into a tie for third on Hopkins' all-time scoring list with his final basket.
"I knew I had missed three straight three-pointers, so I decided to move in. When I shot it, I knew it was going in."
Hopkins opened the game by scoring 14 of the first 16 points. But behind its perimeter game, Ursinus was able to close the gap, taking a 37-33 advantage by opening the game's second half with a 7-0 run.
The Blue Jays then turned the ball over three times in three minutes, and the Bears moved out to a 48-40 lead when Evan Ochinik scored inside off a pass from Richard Barrett midway through the first half.
Ursinus (6-9, 2-2) built its biggest lead at 58-51 before Hopkins rallied, outscoring the Bears, 17-4, in the final 7 1/2 minutes.
Kamau Coar's free throws with 2: 34 left pulled Hopkins to 62-62. Ursinus then missed its last three shots -- it was shut out for the final 3: 46. A possible game-tying layup by Orchinik with 3.6 seconds left rimmed out.
Joel Wertman, who scored a career-best 21 points, closed out the game for the Blue Jays with two free throws.
But Roehrig, who scored a season-low six points, had stolen the glory by hitting only his second basket.
Roehrig finished the game having gone 2-for-7, with his only other field goal coming off a layup. He had entered the contest with a 17.4-point average.
So was Hopkins coach Bill Nelson worried when the cold-shooting Roehrig took the last field shot?
"Yeah, but he's going to be out on the floor at the end of the game," he said.
"He's proved it. Let me put it this way: There isn't anybody else I would rather have the ball in that position."
Pub Date: 1/22/98