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No. 16 Swarthmore knocks off No. 12 Johns Hopkins


BALTIMORE – No. 16 Swarthmore knocked off No. 12 Johns Hopkins, 78-69, in a Centennial Conference battle on Tuesday night. The Garnet improve to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in Centennial Conference action, while the Blue Jays fall to 9-2 and 5-1. 

After a pair of free throws from George Visconti, the Swarthmore defense forced Hopkins to call a timeout with 3:55 left in the game. Out of the timeout, the Blue Jays turned over the ball with a shot clock violation. With the help of Vinny DeAngeloConor Harkins knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Garnet a 66-64 advantage. The Visconti free throws started a 17-5 run to close out the last four-plus minutes of the game for Swarthmore. 

Swarthmore opened the second half with four consecutive free throws from Michael Caprise and DeAngelo. The Blue Jays answered with a 7-0 run, which was stopped by a Caprise 3-pointer. 

In the first half, Hopkins opened the game with a 12-2 run. Swarthmore answered with three-minute, 8-0 run that saw DeAngleo and Visconti each hitting a shot from distance. Abass Sallah added a pair of free throws during that run. With 2:34 remaining in the opening frame, DeAngelo gave Swarthore its first lead of the game at 27-25 with a driving layup. A Harkins three with just over a minute remaining and an Aidan Godfrey layup with 38 seconds left gave the Garnet a 32-31 advantage into the halftime break.

Conor Harkins hit two 3-pointers in the closing minutes to help Swarthmore get past Johns Hopkins.
Swarthmore athletics file photo

With the victory, Swarthmore has won 32 consecutive Centennial Conference regular season games dating back to the 2018-19 season. 

Swarthmore returns to the court against Washington College as they host the Shoremen (3-8, 0-4 CC) at Tarble Pavilion. Tip-off between the two Centennial Conference foes is set for 7 p.m. Spectators are not permitted to watch the game in person at Tarble Pavilion, but they can catch all the action with live video and live stats. The links can be found on the Swarthmore men’s basketball schedule.

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