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Blue Jays fall to Ursinus in Centennial tournament

Sam Gordon led Johns Hopkins with 19 points.

Despite graduate senior Sam Gordon scoring 19 points on 9-for-15 shooting, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays men’s basketball team was unable to come away with a victory in the first round of the Centennial Conference tournament. Instead, their season ended with a 78-64 loss to the Ursinus Bears at Goldfarb Gymnasium.

Johns Hopkins was strong in their start to the game with Gordon hitting the first two shots and helping the Blue Jays out to an 8-3 lead with just under four minutes having gone off the clock. But Ursinus’ Eric Williams Jr. then completed a rare four-point play after hitting a 3-pointers and drawing the foul. That led to an eight-point run for the Bears to gain an 11-8 lead.

Michael Gardner was able to respond with a 3-pointer to retie the game, and after Ursinus got baskets from Zach Quattro and Joseph LoStracco, the Blue Jays did retake the lead when Gardner and Jesse Flannery hit back-to-back shots.

A 3-pointer by Flannery gave the Blue Jays a 16-15 lead with 11:46 left in the first half. However, Quattro put Ursinus back in front with a jumper and the Bears never looked back after that.

With 5:51 remaining in the first half Zack Muredda and Ryan McTamney hit back-to-back 3-pointer to put the Bears ahead by nine points. JHU was able to trim their deficit down to two points, but the Bears went back-to-back on 3-pointers again with McTamney and Matt Knowles making shots.

A dunk by JHU’s Daniel Vila still kept things in hand for JHU as he made it a 33-27 game with 1:57 left before halftime, but the Bears scored 10 points in a show to end the first half with a 43-27 lead.

Then, out of halftime, Ursinus scored seven of the first nine points to get ahead by 21 points at 50-29.

JHU couldn’t come back from that. The Bears made 43.5-percent of their shots in the second half and helped by 13-pointers made in the game they had an answer for every short-lived attempt at a comeback the Blue Jays made.

JHU’s biggest run in the second half was eight points. That happened in the middle of the second half after the Bears took a 63-39 lead with 9:55 left. Ryan Curran hit a pair of free throws to spark the eight-point run, but it was far from enough. JHU got it to just 16 points before Williams hit a 3-pointer.

The Blue Jays were able to score the final six points of the game and out-scored the Bears 18-8 in the paint in the second half, but again, it was far from enough to make a comeback.

The Blue Jays finished the season with a 16-10 record. It was the 18th 16-win season the Blue Jays have had under head coach Bill Nelson, who earned both his 600th head coaching victory and 500th win with the Blue Jays earlier this season.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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