Hopkins' tight defense rewards Nelson with his 200th Jays win

Washington of Missouri is shut down late, 68-61

January 11, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For the past 13 seasons, Johns Hopkins coach Bill Nelson has preached to his players that defense leads to success. So it was fitting yesterday that the Blue Jays relied on those words in handing Nelson his 200th victory at Homewood.

Limiting Washington University of Missouri to four field goals in the final 10 1/2 minutes, Hopkins held off the Bears, 68-61, in a University Athletic Association game.

The Blue Jays (9-2, 4-2) won their 26th straight regular-season game at Goldfarb Gymnasium. Washington (6-6, 0-1), which had won three of the past four meetings with Hopkins, shot only 37 percent (22 of 59).

"We need to play defense because we hit 42 percent today and that's what we're going to do," said Nelson, who is 200-127 at Hopkins. "We work on it all the time. Plus, we're a veteran team."

It didn't help Washington that its leading scorer, Chris Alexander, who had 12 of the Bears' 29 first-half points, missed most of the second half because of foul trouble and sat out the last seven minutes with a twisted left ankle.

That allowed the Blue Jays to take their concentration off the low post and play strictly man-to-man. With every shot contested, the Bears managed to hit just four of their last 14 shots.

However Washington, which never trailed by more than seven points, did cut the deficit to 57-55 on Dave DeGreeff's lay-in with 4: 23 remaining. Hopkins, a 66 percent foul-shooting team, then saw Matt Geschke and Antoine Peoples make four straight free throws each for a 61-55 margin.

The Bears responded with an inside basket from DeGreeff and a free throw by the junior forward to close to 61-58 with 2: 10 left. But the Blue Jays sealed the game with a 5-0 run, as defensive specialist Jake Stroman made a driving shot in the lane with 1: 33 remaining.

WASHINGTON (Mo.) -- Panek 0-4 1-3 1, Wanger 0-2 0-0 0, Laur 1-1 0-0 3, Alexander 5-9 2-2 12, Patton 2-13 0-0 6, Pawling 3-5 1-2 8, Cerven 3-11 6-11 12, DeGreeff 8-14 3-4 19. Totals 22-59 13-22 61.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Koropecky 3-4 0-0 9, Peoples 2-3 2-2 6, Geschke 5-7 3-4 16, Stroman 4-9 0-0 8, Vanin 0-2 0-0 0, Olson 0-2 0-0 0, Cosgrove 2-4 0-0 4, Wertman 6-16 5-6 17, Roehrig 0-2 0-0 0, Satakin 1-6 2-4 5, Eisley 1-2 1-3 3. Totals 24-57 13-19 68.

Halftime--JHU 30-29. Rebounds--WU 36 (DeGreeff 12), JHU 41 (Wertman 18). Assists--WU 8 (Alexander, Patton 3), JHU 11 (Stroman, Olson 2). A--285.

Pub Date: 1/11/99

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