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Navy Struggles Offensively in Loss at Boston University

Grant Vermeer

Jan. 7, 2014

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BOSTON - Both Navy and Boston University struggled offensively while playing their second league game in three days, but the Terriers came away with the 55-32 win. Navy held the Patriot League preseason favorites to a season-low 55 points but wasn't able to take advantage on its own offensive end.

Navy falls to 6-8 overall (1-2 PL) while Boston improves to 10-6 overall and 3-0 in its first season as a member of the Patriot League.

"That was our worst basketball game of the year," head coach Ed DeChellis said. "We played pretty well at Loyola and had a chance to win and we played OK against Lafayette the other day and won, but then we came up here and didn't do any of the things that we did in the previous two games. That was really disappointing. Of all the momentum that we had built; I thought we were getting better. And then we come here and lay an egg."

Navy had three scoring droughts that lasted over five minutes, with two being in the first half and shot just 11-of-53 from the field. Boston shot 39 percent from the floor and was held under 60 points for the first time this season.

"It you would have told me [Boston] was only going to score 55 points tonight, I would have said that we'd have a chance to win the game. But both teams didn't shoot the ball very well at all and both teams had major scoring droughts."

Navy made just two of its first 20 shots and Boston used a 10-0 run to open a lead early in the first half before junior guard Brandon Venturini and freshman James Hemphill combined for a 7-0 Navy run to pull the game within six. However, Boston pulled ahead again to take a 25-13 lead into the break.

Boston scored the first 10 points of the second half before three straight Navy baskets cut into the lead. Sophomore Will Kelly scored a layup, followed by a three from freshman Grant Vermeer and then a free throw by freshman James Hemphill. Freshman guard Zach Fong's three pointer with 9:38 left had Navy within 15, but BU pulled away again, leading by as much as 24 before cruising to a 55-32 victory.



Sophomore Maurice Watson, Jr. led BU with 11 points, six rebounds and six assists and freshman Cedric Hankerson added 11 points off the bench. Nathan Dieudonne chipped in with 10 points as BU had three players in double figures.

Vermeer scored all of his team-high seven points in the second half for Navy.

Navy will next host Army (6-7, 2-0 PL) on Saturday at 4:00 PM.

"Army's been playing very well so we're going to have to play 180 degrees from what we did," said DeChellis. "And I know our guys can do it. I've seen them play and play a heck of a lot better than this."

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