Jan. 21, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Colgate rallied late in the second half, then scored the first 12 points of the overtime session to hand the Navy men's basketball team a 65-54 setback on Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court.
The loss drops Navy to 3-16 overall and 0-5 in the Patriot League standings, while Colgate improved to 6-13 overall and 1-4 in the Patriot League.
The loss was the 12th in a row for the Midshipmen and ninth straight road loss. During the 12-game losing streak, Navy has had a lead or been within five points with under five minutes to play in nine of them. Eleven of Navy's 16 losses have come by single digits or in overtime.
"We seem to invent new ways to lose games. Bottom line is that we didn't make the winning plays we needed to late in the game," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "There isn't much more to say about it. You have to make the plays in crunch-time and not lose focus. I thought we played fairly well for about 30 minutes, then the last 10-15 minutes, we just lost it."
Navy held a 30-24 halftime lead and soon stretched the advantage to 11 points at 41-30 on a Worth Smith (Fr. / Mooresville, N.C.) jumper with 13:29 left to play. The Raiders whittled the lead to 46-44 with 4:47 to play on the strength of a 14-5 run.
But Navy scored the next three points and held a 49-44 lead with 2:20 to play when things started to unravel for the Midshipmen.
A free throw by Sterling Melville cut the lead to 49-45 with 1:46 to play and Navy had a costly turnover on its next possession, in which Colgate's Mike Venezia buried a three-pointer to pull within one at 49-48 with 1:24 to play.
Navy appeared to hit the game-winner with just two on the shot clock on its next possession, when Smith buried a three-pointer from the corner for a 52-48 lead with just 47 seconds left.
However, Colgate's John Brandenburg, a 6-10, 253-pound center, was fouled 23 feet from the hoop and converted on his first free throw to make it a three-point game, 52-49. He missed the next free throw, but no one boxed him out, allowing him to grab the offensive rebound, giving the Raiders another shot.
With just seven seconds left, Mitch Rolls buried a desperation 25-footer to tie the game at 52. Navy had possession along the sideline with 3.4 seconds left, but was called for a five-second call, giving the ball to Colgate, where Rolls' 30-foot runner was just long and the game went into overtime, tied at 52.
The Raiders then dominated in overtime, where Navy went 1-of-9 from the field and Colgate connected on all three field goal attempts, while making 7-of-8 free throws for the 11-point victory.
The Midshipmen shot an icy 21-of-58 (.362) from the field, were 7-of-21 (.333) from three-point range and went just 5-of-14 (.357) from the free throw line. Navy was guilty of 10 turnovers, but had just eight assists. Navy won the battle of the boards, 37-36.
The Midshipmen went just 9-of-30 (.300) from the field in the second half and overtime and 2-of-10 (.200) from three-point range.
Colgate shot 23-of-43 (.535) from the field, 5-of-15 (.333) from three-point range and 14-of-27 (.519) from the free throw line. The Raiders had 15 turnovers.
J.J. Avila (So. / McAllen, Texas) led Navy with his third double-double of the season, tallying 18 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Brandon Venturini (Fr. / Allendale, Mich.) tallied 11 points, all in the first half, with two rebounds and two steals in a career-high 35 minutes while making his first career start. Donya Jackson (Fr. / Baltimore, Md.) added 11 points in 13 minutes and Smith scored 10 points with seven rebounds.
Four Navy players scored 50 of Navy's 54 points.
John Brandenburg led Colgate with 17 points off the bench.
Navy will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., on Thursday for a 7:00 pm tip-off against Lehigh at Stabler Arena. The game will be aired by the CBS Sports Network with Bob Socci and Vince Curran on the call.
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