Jan. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fueled by John Schoof's eight three-pointers, American made 10-of-26 three-point attempts to shoot its way past the Navy men's basketball team, 72-49, in front of 919 fans at Bender Arena on Wednesday night.
The loss drops Navy to 7-13 overall and 1-3 in Patriot League play, while American improves to 7-12 overall and 2-2 in the league standings.
Bender Arena continues to be a house of horrors for the Midshipmen, as the Eagles have now defeated the Midshipmen in 13 of the 14 meetings played there since American became a member of the Patriot League before the 2001-02 season. Navy has scored 60 points in the facility just once in the last six games there.
Schoof had the red-hot hand to lift the Eagles to the victory. He scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half while making 5-of-6 trifectas. With Navy still in the contest at 40-29 with 15:35 left in the contest, Schoof would fuel a 16-6 spurt with four triples to put the game out of reach, giving the Eagles a 56-35 advantage with 7:41 to play. Many of his three-pointers were uncontested.
"That is the disappointing thing. We weren't a very focused group tonight. I thought we played hard to start the game defensively, but we didn't finish the job rebounding the ball," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "To start the second half, we just fell asleep. You put different guys in the game hoping to start a run of offense, and they would fall asleep defensively. We just didn't have the energy we needed to have tonight."
American led 18-16 with 7:57 to play in the opening half when the Eagles went on a 15-7 run to close the half for a 33-23 lead at the break.
The Midshipmen were still within 10 at 38-28 with 16:15 left, but the Eagles used their 15-3 run to grab a 53-31 cushion with 10:05 left in the contest. During the six-plus minute run, the Midshipmen went just 1-of-8 from the floor compared to American's 4-of-8 performance, which included three Schoof trifectas, during the same span to put the game out of reach.
Navy would get no closer than 17 points, the last time coming at 58-41 on a Jerome Alexander
(Fr. / Radford, Va.) jumper with 6:12 left in the contest, as American coasted in for the victory.
Navy was coming off an emotional 59-50 win over Army on Sunday, but DeChellis wouldn't use a hangover from that contest as an excuse for tonight.
"It's a human nature game. We were going to find out what kind of young team we have and if the guys can develop and grow as people. You have to understand what kind of effort you have to put forth to beat a team like American," said DeChellis. "Offensively, we just had a real tough night. If we don't make shots from the perimeter, we aren't a good offensive team. If you aren't going to look to shoot when you are on the floor, then you are just a participant. We need guys that want to get something done."
Navy shot just 20-of-55 (.364) from the field, 4-of-16 (.250) from three-point range and 5-of-10 (.500) from the free throw line. The Mids were outrebounded, 44-29, and had 12 assists against 10 turnovers, seven of which came in the first half.
American was 23-of-51 (.451) from the field, 10-of-26 (.385) from three-point range and 16-of-24 (.667) from the free throw line. The Eagles turned 13 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points and had 17 assists against 11 turnovers.
Freshman Kendall Knorr (Concord, N.C.) led Navy with 11 points, coming on 5-of-8 shooting. Worth Smith (So. / Mooresville, N.C.) scored seven points with five rebounds and Tilman Dunbar (Fr. / Woodbridge, Va.) tallied seven points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals in a fine all-around floor game.
Schoof led American with 27 points, while senior forward Stephen Lumpkins had 17 points and nine rebounds.
Navy returns home on Saturday, Jan. 26, to face Colgate at 7:00 PM at Alumni Hall. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Alumni Hall ticket window prior to the contest.
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