Colgate Uses Early Run to Pull Away From Navy
Brandon Venturini led Navy in scoring for the seventh time this season.
Jan. 18, 2014
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Colgate men's basketball team (7-10, 1-5 PL) opened the game on a 14-0 run to pull away from visiting Navy (7-10, 2-4 PL) for a 63-41 win at Cotterell Court on Saturday afternoon. Navy fell to 1-9 on the road this season.
"They made some shots early and we never recovered, which was really disappointing," said head coach Ed DeChellis. "It was layup after layup after layup and we got down 14-0. We did not come out of the gate ready to play and we could never put two or three shots back-to-back-to-back to get some momentum."
Colgate scored on its first five possessions and six of its first seven to take a 14-0 in the game's opening five minutes. Navy gave up layups on each of Colgate's first four possessions. Junior guard Brandon Venturini's three pointer finally put Navy on the scoreboard after six-and-a-half minutes of action.
Venturini scored on a layup and then freshman guard Zach Fong hit a three to pull Navy to 21-8, but the Mids would get no closer than the 13-point deficit for the remainder of the game. Colgate led by as much as 21 in the first half and had a 25-point lead in the final minutes.
After being down 18 at halftime (33-15), Navy scored the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to 14. Junior guard Earl McLaurin found junior forward Worth Smith for a layup on Navy's first possession and later senior forward James Loupos got an offensive rebound and a put-back layup. But Colgate would again build upon its lead.
Colgate shot 53 percent (25-of-47) from the floor while Navy shot 29 percent (17-of-58). The Mids also struggled from three-point range, going just 6-of-31 (19 percent). Navy had 17 offensive rebounds, compared to just eight by Colgate, but only managed 12 second-chance points.
"When you get 17 offensive rebounds and you only havet 41 points for the game and you are shooting 29 percent, you think you would stick some of those back along the way," DeChellis said. "I appreciate our effort on the glass but we just couldn't make any baskets."
Venturini scored in double figures for the 10th time this season with his 11 points on 5-of-18 shooting. His 18 field goal attempts were a career-high. Fong finished with three treys and a free throw for his 10 points.
Four starters scored in double figures for the Raiders as the squad earned its first conference win of the season. Murphy Burnatowski and Ethan Jacobs each had 11 points while Austin Tillotson and Damon Sherman-Newsome both scored 10. Luke Roh pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Navy will have a two-game homestand next week in Alumni Hall, where the Mids are 6-1. Navy will host Lehigh on Wednesday and Holy Cross on Saturday.
"I thought at home we have played harder and we have had some toughness, but on the road we have played the exact opposite," said DeChellis. "We'll try to go back and figure it out as a staff and figure out how to better get these guys equipped to play on the road."