Hopkins fast out of blocks, rolls to win Jays oust FDU-Madison in Div. III tourney, 87-47

March 06, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Johns Hopkins wasted no time in its first-round NCAA Division III tournament matchup against Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison, scoring the game's first 11 points on the way to an 87-47 win last night at the Newton H. White Athletic Center.

In picking up their school-record 21st victory, the Blue Jays (21-6) shot 56 percent from the field and held FDU (17-9) to 34 percent shooting.

"If I could bottle this game at both ends of the floor, I'd be a millionaire," Hopkins coach Bill Nelson said.

"That was our best game of the year. When our defense plays well like it did tonight, our offense tends to pick up after it."

The win moves Hopkins into a second-round game tomorrow in Washington against the region's No. 2 seed, Catholic (24-3).

Led by Greg Roehrig and Evan Ellis, the Blue Jays couldn't miss in the early moments, making their first five shots. Ellis' basket with 16: 51 remaining gave Hopkins a 11-0 lead.

On the other end, the Devils (17-9) couldn't hit anything, missing their first eight attempts on the way to 26 percent shooting for a first half that ended with them trailing 41-15.

And so FDU was never able to make much of a game out of it. After Hopkins' game-opening spurt, the Devils couldn't narrow the gap any more than eight, at 15-7 on Byron Dunk's layup with 11: 21 remaining in the first half.

From there, however, Hopkins went on a 16-2 run, taking a 31-9 lead on a three-pointer by Ryan Satalin with 3: 53 left in the first half.

Fourteen players scored for Hopkins, led by Roehrig, who scored 19 and moved into second place on the school's career scoring list with 1,533 points, surpassing Luke Busby, who had 1,524.

Satalin finished with 10, as did Ellis, who scored eight of his points in the first eight minutes, as Hopkins tried pounding the ball inside against an FDU team with no starters taller than 6 feet 6.

FDU's failures could be attributed to Hopkins' harassment of Bill Timony, who came into the game averaging 20.7 points.

Double-teamed for most of the game, Timony shot 4-for-12 on the way to 10 points, his lowest total of the season.

Kevin Kretschy, who came in averaging 16 points, also had a rough night, scoring 11 on 3-for-8 shooting.

"We couldn't get anything going because they took away Billy Timony, who's our No. 1 option," FDU coach Roger Kindel said. "We couldn't get him the ball, and we couldn't do anything else. We had no answers tonight."

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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