February 16, 2011

Blue Jays Use Late Run To Defeat Diplomats

LANCASTER, Pa. – Johns Hopkins rallied with a 24-12 scorings run, in the final seven minutes of the game, to knock off Franklin & Marshall 63-57 in a Centennial Conference game Wednesday at Mayser Center. The Blue Jays, who already wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the CC playoffs, improved to 20-4 overall, 17-3 CC while the Diplomats fell to 12-12, 10-9. The loss forces a must-win game for F&M in Saturday's contest against Dickinson in order to make the conference playoffs.

Trailing 23-20 at halftime, F&M used a 13-8 run in the first nine minutes of the second half to tie the game at 33 on Elizabeth Snyder's three. Snyder scored five points in the run with Alexa Barbush adding six and Alison Menna two.  A jumper from Alex Vassila and one by Lyndsay Burton, sandwiched a Snyder free throw, to give the Jays a 37-34 lead with 9:48 left in the second.

Barbush's conventional three-point play tied the game at 37 before a jumper from Emma Lisle and a pair of treys by Snyder put the Diplomats ahead by six, 45-39, with 7:22 left in the game.  Allison Bauer's layup gave F&M a 47-44 lead, with 4:40 left, before Hopkins retook the lead for good with Lyndsay Burton's jumper with 3:30 left, 51-47. The Jays feasted on six F&M turnovers in the final 3:36 and converted eight-of-eight free throws in the last 50 seconds of the game.

The Diplomats jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the game with a three from Pauley, a basket by Menna and a free throw from Barbush. Hopkins responded with a 13-7 scoring run to take its first lead of the game, 15-14, with 8:28 left in the first.  The Jays would lead by as much as seven 23-16, with 2:06 left in the first, before Bauer closed the half with a pair of free throws and layup to get F&M within three.

Barbush led all scorers with a career-high 22 points for the Diplomats and Snyder added 12. Bauer finished with eight points and Menna scored six and grabbed six rebounds.

Burton paced Hopkins with 18 points while Chantel Mattiola and Alex Vassila added 13 and 11 points.

A "White Out" has been declared for Saturday's basketball double-header at Mayser Center. All fans are encouraged to wear white and support the Diplomats as they take on Dickinson in the regular season finale for both teams. The women tip-off at 2 p.m. followed by the men's 4 p.m. game.

 The SAAC will be selling white rally towels during both games. The cost is $5 for one towel and $12 for three towels.

JOHNS HOPKINS 63, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 57

JOHNS HOPKINS (20-4, 17-3 CC)

Lyndsay Burton 8-14 2-4 18; Chantel Mattiola 3-7 6-6 13; Alex Vassila 5-10 1-2 11; Stephanie Fong 3-5 2-2 8; Fatu Conteh 3-6 0-0 6; Jacqueline Williams 2-3 1-2 5; Karalea Follmer 1-2 0-0 2; Jenna Cavrich 0-1 0-0 0; Kat Fox 0-2 0-0 0; Sarah Higbee 0-0 0-0 0; Katherine Brooks 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 12-16 63.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (12-12, 10-9 CC)

Alexa Barbush 7-14 7-7 22; Elizabeth Snyder 3-7 3-4 12; Allison Bauer 3-13 2-2 8; Alison Menna 3-5 0-0 6; Megan Pauley 2-7 0-0 5; Kristina McCarthy 1-2 0-0 2; Emma Lisle 1-3 0-0 2; Emily Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Amy Chabitnoy 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 20-51 12-15 57.

Johns Hopkins.................   23   40  -   63

Franklin & Marshall...........   20   37  -   57

3-point goals--Johns Hopkins 1-5 (Chantel Mattiola 1-4; Katherine Brooks 0-1), Franklin & Marshall 5-16 (Elizabeth Snyder 3-6; Megan Pauley 1-2; Alexa Barbush 1-4; Allison Bauer 0-4).

Fouled out--Johns Hopkins-None, Franklin & Marshall-Alexa Barbush.

Rebounds--Johns Hopkins 31 (Lyndsay Burton 7), Franklin & Marshall 23 (Alison Menna 6).

Assists--Johns Hopkins  11 (Stephanie Fong 3; Lyndsay Burton 3), Franklin & Marshall 8 (Allison Bauer 2; Emma Lisle 2).

Total fouls--Johns Hopkins 17, Franklin & Marshall 19.

Technical fouls--Johns Hopkins-None, Franklin & Marshall-None.

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