Hopkins handles Haverford, 81-55, despite 19 turnovers


There was no long post-game lecture by Johns Hopkins basketball coach Bill Nelson last night.

"They didn't listen to me during the game, so I didn't figure they would listen after the game," said Nelson. "So I just left [the locker room]."

Sounds like a losing coach talking, doesn't it?


Nelson was a winner on the scoreboard as the Blue Jays blitzed outmanned Haverford, 81-55, in a Middle Atlantic Conference-Southeast game at Hopkins.

But Nelson wasn't happy with the way Hopkins handled the basketball.

"We're still turning the ball over too much," said Nelson. "That's our major weakness. It's not like we aren't capable of handling the ball better. We just haven't been doing it. Thank goodness we have the depth to overcome it."

fTC The Blue Jays, ranked 16th in this week's NCAA Division III poll, committed 19 turnovers last night against a Haverford team that didn't have much quickness or size.

Haverford had one fewer turnover than Hopkins.

"We just didn't jell tonight until the middle of the second half when I started putting some of our second team in," said Nelson. "We got good efforts off the bench from Jeff Thompson [four points, five rebounds], Mark West [two points] and Brian Markey [two points]. Those guys kind of sparked us to the large margin of victory."

The Blue Jays have won three straight since having their unbeaten streak ended at 11 by Washington University eight days ago on the road.

Washington blew away the Blue Jays, 70-47, causing some concern that Hopkins might be overrated in Division III circles.

But Hopkins scoring leader Jay Gangemi (22 points) said that loss was "just one of those things."

"We didn't shoot well, and it cost us," said Gangemi. "I only hit three of 15. We've been in a little shooting slump lately, but we'll be all right. We gained a lot of confidence in the second game of the season when we beat Hamilton, N.Y., (then fourth-ranked in Division III) and I think it's going to carry us through."

Gangemi said the Jays are much more than a one-man team -- he has been leading Hopkins in scoring all season.

"There's always someone to pick us up if I have a bad night," he said. "Down against Washington College, it was Frank Grzywacz and tonight it was Lou Sabad [19 points] who had a big game."

Haverford never really tested Hopkins after its only big man, 6-foot-6 sophomore Tim Ketchum, collected four fouls in the first half and sat out most of the rest of the game.

The visitors were beaten badly on the boards, took ill-advised shots and seldom worked the ball inside.

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