Army Outlasts Navy, 60-55
Jan. 11, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A 12-0 run to open the second half keyed Army (8-7, 4-0 PL) to a 60-55 win over Navy (6-9, 1-3 PL) on Saturday afternoon. A season-best crowd of 5,528 fans watched the CBS Sports Network televised contest in Alumni Hall.
"The first four minutes of the second half were devastating to us," head coach Ed DeChellis said. "We didn't do what we needed to do. But a credit to our squad, we came roaring back and took the lead. But we just made some huge mistakes that really affected us defensively and it led them to have some easy baskets."
Navy led at halftime, 24-20, but Army opened the second half on a 12-0 spurt to erase the deficit and stake out an eight-point lead. Freshman guard Michael Brown then ignited Navy to a 14-4 run to retake the lead at 38-36. Brown hit two three pointers and had a layup during the run and sophomore guard Kendall Knorr and junior guard Brandon Venturini each sunk three pointers.
The two teams stayed even for the next 10 minutes of the second half as the game saw eight ties and five lead changes. Army took the lead for good at 48-46 on a Tanner Plomb layup. After Navy cut the lead to 51-49, Kyle Wilson hit a jumper and then a big three pointer on the next possession as the Black Knights began to pull away. Army would then make 4-of-6 free throws in the final 31 seconds to hold on for the five-point lead.
Navy did a good job defensively on Wilson, Army's leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, holding the sophomore to 2-of-13 shooting for the first 37 minutes of the game before his two late field goals. Wilson finished with 12 points.
The Mids had an outstanding start to the game, opening on a 7-0 run. Knorr drilled a three and then junior forward Worth Smith had a steal and a breakaway dunk. Then Knorr stole the ball and found a streaking Venturini for a fastbreak layup. However, Army followed with a 12-1 run to get right back into the game.
Army scored just 20 points in the first half on 28 percent shooting, but rebounded to score 40 points in the second half on 63 percent shooting.
Brown had a career-high 15 points for Navy off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Venturini scored nine points and Knorr had seven points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Tanner Plomb led Army with 15 points and five rebounds.
Navy suffered its first home loss of the season and is now 5-1 at Alumni Hall.
Navy will next host Bucknell (8-7, 3-1 PL) on Wednesday at 7:00 PM.