Johns Hopkins 77, Catholic 69

Jan 11, 2003

WASHINGTON - Catholic could not overcome a second-half surge by Johns Hopkins as the Blue Jays knocked of the fourth-ranked Cardinals, 77-69, Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house at the DuFour Center.

Johns Hopkins' Mike Blaine scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half as the Blue Jays shot 64% (16-of-25) and connected on 5-of-8 from three-point land in the second stanza. Eric Toback connected on three big treys late in the second half to help the cause.

Junior Will Morley netted a season-high 22 points and added six rebounds.

Despite going 9-of-28 and 0-of-4 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Cardinals held a 25-24 lead at the break.

In the second half, CUA broke open a 35-35 game with a 7-0 run. Two Craig Avallone free throws with just over 11 minutes to play put the Cardinals back top by seven at 48-41. It was the first action for the senior in three games due to injury.

But the Blue Jays (9-3) nipped and clawed their way back into the game. Toback's first three-pointer with 4:33 in the game gave the Blue Jays it's first lead since the first half. Teammate Jay Kreider put Hopkins up for good with his three-pointer with just over three minutes in the game.

Kevin Wise made it a four-point game after his only trey with 1:03 left. But Toback struck again from downtown with his third three-pointer of the game. Wise finished with five points before fouling out late in the game.

Senior Matt Hilleary added 13 points, seven rebounds, and five three blocks.

Catholic (11-2) returns to action on Wednesday as they host Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference action here at the DuFour Center at 8 p.m.