Hopkins dominates early but loses to St. Mary's, 84-81

State College Basketball

December 01, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Johns Hopkins did everything possible to stay with a bigger, stronger and faster St. Mary's team last night. The Blue Jays scored the game's first 10 points, never lost their poise and pushed the Seahawks until the end.

But Hopkins couldn't hold on as St. Mary's took control of the game in the early minutes of the second half. The Seahawks used a 12-point run to grab the lead for good en route to an 84-81 victory in the Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament championship game at Stevenson.

Camontae Griffin (Dunbar) scored 28 points and was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament for local Division III schools. He sparked the game-changing run with eight straight points. Mike Bowden (10 points) finished the streak with a pair of thunderous dunks to give the Seahawks a 62-57 lead with 11:37 left.

The Blue Jays had led the way before that stretch.

"I predicted before the tournament they were the team to beat," Hopkins coach Bill Nelson said. "They really came out playing hard in the second half. We just didn't match it."

Hopkins (3-2) came out playing hard at the start, racing to a 10-0 lead and playing tough defense. St. Mary's missed its first seven shots and didn't score a basket for the first 6:33.

But the Blue Jays ran into trouble when forwards Andrew Farber-Miller (19 points) and Adam Baumgartner both picked up two quick fouls and played a combined 10 minutes in the first half. St. Mary's, which made the Sweet 16 last year, slowly began chipping away at Hopkins' lead.

The Blue Jays held a 52-43 halftime edge, but St. Mary's played with much more intensity in the second half.

The Seahawks stepped up the defensive pressure and began causing turnovers and converting them into easy baskets.

"We heard them getting screamed at at halftime," Hopkins guard Pat O'Connell said. "In the second half, they were lights out."

O'Connell did everything he could to help Hopkins. He went 10-for-13 from the field, made five of six free throws and finished with a career-high 26 points. The guard also pulled down nine rebounds against the bigger Seahawks.

The Blue Jays shot 54 percent from the field but couldn't hit from long distance. They went 1-for-13 from three-point range, making their only shot from that distance when O'Connell drilled one from the left corner with seven-tenths of a second remaining.

"You just have to play every possession like it's your last one," St. Mary's coach Chris Harney said. "That's what they did in [the second half]. We kept our poise, and we kept our composure."

Other men

WASHINGTON C. 69, SALISBURY 66: : With his team leading 67-66 with 1:30 left, Devin Jones made a three-pointer and then David Chambers added a basket to preserve the win for the Shoremen (2-2) in the consolation game of the Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament. Greg Palmer had 11 for the Sea Gulls (1-5).

MCDANIEL 55, FROSTBURG STATE 41: : Kevin Henry scored 13 points to power the Green Terror (3-1) past the Bobcats (2-2) in the fifth-place game of the Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament. Frostburg's Keith Hazel also scored 13.

STEVENSON 62, GOUCHER 58: : Kerry Dugan had a double double (14 points, 13 rebounds) as the Mustangs (1-5) won the seventh-place game of the Provident Pride of Maryland Tournament. Amir Akim scored 25 points for the Gophers (0-4).

RICHMOND 78, COPPIN STATE 67: : Tywain McKee scored 20 points, but the visiting Eagles (1-3) trailed by 24 in the second half en route to losing.

WINGATE 86, BOWIE STATE 79: : Curtis Massey had a game-high 20 points in a losing effort for the Bulldogs (4-3).


NAVY 55, DELAWARE STATE 45: : The host Mids (4-4) - led by Angela Myers with 12 points - bounced back after trailing by 11 in the first half.

UMBC 92, UMES 70: : Erin Brown had career highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Retrievers (4-2) at the Iona Thanksgiving Classic. Josephine McIane led the Hawks (0-4) with 16 points.

TOWSON 59, DUQUESNE 56: : Alis Freeman sank a three-pointer with 1:38 left to rally the host Tigers (4-0) past the Dukes (6-1).

WHITTIER 72, JOHNS HOPKINS 66: : The visiting Blue Jays (1-4) led by three with two minutes left before the Poets (3-4) went on a 9-0 run in the consolation game of the Washington University Tournament.

SALEM 63, COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME 60: : Kendra Baldwin scored 18 points in a losing effort for the Gators (3-2) in the consolation game of the Turkey Shootout.

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