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Blue Jays rout Bullets, 67-47

Sam Gordon led the Blue Jays with 20 points and nine rebounds against Gettysburg.

Led by a high-scoring trio, the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball team cruised to a 67-47 victory over the visiting Gettysburg Bullets on Wednesday night. The team made 51.8-percent of their shots, 20-percent better than the Bullets, while Sam Gordon led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds, Michael Gardner scored 17 points and Ryan Curran came off the bench to score 15 points with eight rebounds.

JHU was behind early after Miyune Reeves completed a three-point play for Gettysburg, but a pull-up jumper by Gardner sparked the Blue Jays onto a 15-2 run to five them a 10point lead just before the midway point of the first half.

Over the next five minutes the Bullets would fight back and a 3-pointer but Peter Christ made it just a four-point game with 3:17 remaining in the stanza, but Gordon hit a layup right after. Mateus Maccieri made it a four-point game again with 2:24 left, but the Bullets were shutout the rest of the first half and back-to-back jumpers by Curran in the final minute gave the Blue Jays an eight-point lead at halftime, 35-27.

Then, Daniel Vila hit a 3-pointer and Gardner hit a jumper to open the second half to push the Blue Jays in front by 13 points.

The Bullets still were fighting and got within six points on a layup by Maccieri with 13:11 remaining, but seven points in a row helped the Blue Jays get back up by 13 points just two minutes later and they would hold onto the double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

Over a four-minute span, the Blue Jays went on an 11-point run to stretch their lead to 21 points with only 3:27 remaining. Gettysburg ended the scoring drought with a pair of free throws, but the field goal drought would last another minute.

But that points the Blue Jays were up by 21 points with two minutes remaining in the game, securing their victory.

JHU dominated Gettysburg in the paint, out-scoring them 40-30 inside. JHU also scored 17 points off 14 Bullets turnovers. Six of those turnovers were caused by JHU steals.

Having won seven-straight games and 11 of their last 12, the Blue Jays will travel to Dickinson on Saturday to start a three-game road trip that also features games at Franklin & Marshall and Swarthmore. The Blue Jays will return home on February 15 to host Washington College, their second to last game of the regular season.

Head coach Bill Nelson and long-time assistant coach Ed Richardson earned their 499th victory during their 31-years at Hopkins with the win over Gettysburg.

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