Navy Wins Third Straight in Rout at Lafayette, 88-51
EASTON, Pa. - Junior guard Bryce Dulin poured in a career-high 23 points to lead Navy (8-10, 3-3 PL) to an 88-51 rout at Lafayette (6-11, 2-4 PL) on Saturday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center. Navy moves into a tie for fourth place in the Patriot League after winning its third straight game.
"That was a great game for us from start to finish," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "Our kids were really focused and played hard. Offensively, we played really well and we shot the ball very well from three. Defensively, I thought we did a tremendous job, too. It was a very good afternoon for us on both ends of the floor. Our kids are playing with a level of confidence that is really exciting to see."
Dulin was on fire from the beginning of the game, scoring eight points before the first media timeout and 15 points by halftime. Dulin shot 9-of-11 from the floor and was 5-of-6 on 3-pointers for his 23 points, which is the most by a Navy player this season.
"Bryce has shot the ball well in practice the last couple of days and we were hoping that would carry over for him," said DeChellis. "I thought he did a great job of shooting the basketball today."
Sophomore point guard Hasan Abdullah scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists and a game-high four steals. Abdullah entered the game ranked second in the Patriot League and 38th in the NCAA in steals per game (2.0).
Junior forward Tom Lacey posted 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two dunks. Lacey threw down a fastbreak dunk on a Lafayette defender for an and-one play and later in the game had a steal near halfcourt, measured out his steps, and put down a highlight-reel windmill dunk.
Senior center Edward Alade continued his strong play of late with a season-high 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Shawn Anderson had a strong all-around game with seven points, six rebounds and six assists, while senior guard Tim Abruzzo added five points and four boards off the bench.
Dulin and Abdullah combined to make Navy's first four 3-pointers in the game and after a steal and fastbreak jumper by sophomore Ryan Pearson, Navy led by 11 at 18-7 just five minutes into the game. Navy would lead by double digits for the rest of the contest.
Navy would push its lead to 20 points with an 11-4 run late in the first half. Abruzzo hit a 3-pointer, Dulin knocked down a jumper and then a 3-pointer and Abdullah buried a 3-pointer for a 39-19 lead. Buckets late in the first half by Alade and Anderson gave Navy a 17-point halftime lead at 43-26.
After Lacey made two jumpers early in the first half Anderson finished a three-point play on a fastbreak layup and Dulin sunk yet another 3-pointer to put the Mids ahead by 26 points. Lacey's first dunk would keep Navy's momentum going and then the Mids would score on six straight possessions to extend its lead to 31 points.
Navy subbed in its reserves for the final few minutes and still closed the game's last three minutes on a 7-0 run for the 37-point win at 88-51.
Navy's 37-point win margin was its largest in program history in a Patriot League road game and the second largest in overall road games behind its 45-point win over Delaware (108-63) on Jan. 20, 1986.
Navy shot a season-high 60 percent from the floor (35-of-58) and was 56 percent on 3-pointers (9-of-16) en route to its season-high total of 88 points. Navy shot 63 percent from the field in the second half (17-of-27).
Navy had a season-high 13 steals and forced Lafayette into 20 turnovers. Navy led in points off turnovers, 36-11, and also held an 18-0 edge in fastbreak points. Navy outrebounded Lafayette, 36-21.
Matt Klinewski led Lafayette with 16 points and five rebounds and Nick Lindner added 10 points.
Navy posted its fourth straight win against Lafayette and its third straight win at the Kirby Sports Center.
Navy started the Patriot League season at 0-3, but has posted three straight wins at home against Colgate, at Loyola and at Lafayette. Navy won all three games by at least 12 points, marking the first time since 1999-00 that Navy won three straight Patriot League regular season games in a season by double digits.
"We dug ourselves a hole, but now we are back to where are able to breathe again," said DeChellis. "Now we have got to build on it from here and we have another big week coming up."
Navy will next host Lehigh (10-7, 4-2 PL) on Wednesday at 7 PM and will play at Army West Point (8-10, 2-4 PL) on Saturday.