BALTIMORE, Md. - A 7-0 run midway through the second half proved to be the difference in Johns Hopkins' 70-60 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball action on Wednesday.
Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) led the Green Terror (12-10, 6-9 CC) with a career high-tying 18 points.
Jimmy Hammer paced four players in double figures for the Blue Jays (15-7, 11-4 CC) with 20 points.
Tied at 4-all, Connor McIntyre hit a pair of free throws with 15:20 remaining in the first half to spark an 11-1 run over the next 3 minutes, 50 seconds for a 15-5 lead.
Evan Pupelis (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) hit a layup with with 10:59 showing to 7-0 burst that closed the deficit to three.
Two Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) free throws closed the margin to 18-16 with 5:54 to play.
Matt Chiusano immediately responded with an 18-foot jump shot to push the lead back to four.
A Chiusano three-point play stretched the advantage to 28-21 with 2:46 on the clock but two free throws from Perry and one from Tyler Rudd (Glen Burnie, Md./Glen Burnie) closed the deficit to four.
Nic Martin (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti) drained a 3-pointer in the right corner to make it a 29-27 game with 2:06 remaining.
After Chiusano and Perry traded layups, Royster converted from short range to knot the game at 31-all.
A George Bugarinovic layup gave the hosts a 33-31 lead and Perry had a layup just roll off the rim at the final buzzer to keep it a two-point game at the break.
Four seconds into the second half, Perry knotted the game at 33-all.
Hammer hit a 3-pointer with 18:57 remaining to give Johns Hopkins a 36-33 lead.
Perry canned a triple of his own with 15:59 showing to account for all nine of McDaniel's points to that point in the second half.
Four straight points from McIntyre stretched the advantage to 44-40 before Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) hit a layup and Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) hit the second of two free throws to close the deficit to one with 13:54 to play.
Trailing 44-43, Cranwell hit a layup to give McDaniel a one-point edge with 13:03 to play.
After having his 3-point attempt blocked, Rudd grabbed his own rebound and finished the layup for a 47-44 lead, forcing a Johns Hopkins timeout after the 7-0 run.
Baskets from Adam Spengler and Chiusano gave the hosts a 48-47 edge with 10:58 remaining.
The Blue Jays extended the lead to 53-49 before Rudd converted two of three attempts from the free-throw line to slice the deficit in half with 7:28 to play.
Two Perry free throws 1:11 later knotted the game at 53-all before Mike Rhoads immediately put the hosts back in front with a layup.
Rhoads stretched the lead to 57-53 before Pupelis hit a pair of free throws with 3:15 showing to once again make it a two-point game.
Hammer drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc and Spengler converted from short range to stretch the lead to 62-55 with 2:01 remaining.
A Merlo 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to four 31 seconds later.
An 8-for-8 showing from the Blue Jays down the stretch sealed the victory.
With three games to play, McDaniel remains two games out of the fifth and final playoff spot.
The Green Terror conclude the home schedule against Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 3 p.m.