Boston U. Defeats Navy in Men’s Basketball, 75-68
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men’s basketball team (13-8, 4-4 PL) fell to visiting Boston University (10-9, 6-2 PL), 75-68, on Saturday afternoon in Alumni Hall. Navy junior forward George Kiernan scored a game-high 22 points and senior forward Tom Lacey posted a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Navy made a run at Boston in the second half, but the Terriers were able to answer seemingly every made Navy basket and the Mids couldn’t get closer than four points over the game’s final seven minutes.
Boston outshot Navy in the game 56 percent (25-of-45) to 42 percent (26-62). Boston shot 67 percent (14-of-21) from the floor in the critical second half when outscoring Navy 46-41.
The Mids opened the game with a 4-2 lead, but the Terriers reeled off an 11-0 run to go ahead at 13-4. The Mids struggled with Boston’s zone and went 8:24 without making a field until senior Shawn Anderson’s short jumper.
Navy later was able to turn up the pressure on the defensive end and started to get some stops, which in turn helped get the offense clicking. Junior point guard Hasan Abdullah fed freshman guard Cam Davis for a 3-pointer, and then Davis dished to Abdullah for a trey. Davis would later get a steal and a fastbreak layup as the Mids went on a 10-3 run. Navy was able to cut into Boston’s lead, but the Terriers led at halftime, 29-27.
Navy shot just 35 percent (10-of-29) in the first half.
It didn’t take long for Navy to draw even in the second half, as sophomore center Evan Wieck scored a layup on the first possession to even the game and then a free throw by Lacey put the Mids ahead at 30-29.
However, on the very next possession, Boston’s Tyler Scanlon scored on a layup to give the Terriers a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Kiernan scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half, but Navy was not able to take control of the contest.
“It wasn’t our finest hour defensively in the second half, or offensively in the first half,” said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. “We couldn’t make a basket in the first half. They shot 57 percent (8-of-14) on 3’s and only missed two 3’s in the second half. I’ve got to find a way to get us more consistent on offense and more consistent on defense.”
Freshman guard Javante McCoy led Boston with 16 points, while Scanlon and Will Goff each scored 10. Scanlon also had a team-high six assists.
Kiernan had six rebounds to go along with his 22 points and he made four 3-pointers in the contest. Lacey posted his third double-double of the season and the 10th of his career.
Anderson added 10 points, while Abdullah finished with seven points, eight assists and three steals. The eight assists matched Abdullah’s career high.
Boston won its fifth straight game in Alumni Hall.
Navy will next host first-place Bucknell (7-1) on Wednesday.