Jan. 24, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC--Navy shot just 30 percent (14-46) from the floor, gave up 15 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 16 times as American (10-10, 2-4 in the Patriot League) sent the Mids (11-10, 1-5 in the Patriot League) to its fifth loss in the last six games, 55-46, Wednesday night at Bender Arena.
Navy entered tonight's contest averaging just 52.8 points and shooting 35 percent from the floor in Patriot League games, but fell short of those totals for the third-consecutive game.
The Mids have now scored 52 points or less in five of the last seven games and haven't scored more than 61 points against a Division I opponent since a 79-75 victory over Howard on December 4.
"We played hard tonight. They are one of the more physical teams in the league and I'm proud of our effort," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "The bottom line is we have to make shots. The quality of our shots was good tonight, but they just didn't fall."
Despite the shooting woes the Mids still had every opportunity to win the game. Navy continues to play outstanding defense, holding American to just 30 percent (16-53) shooting the floor, including 23 percent (5-22) from behind the three-point mark.
The Mids trailed 22-16 at the half as Navy shot just 24 percent (5-21) from the floor and turned the ball over 10 times. AU converted five of those turnovers into 10 points to build the six point advantage.
Navy came out of the locker room to start the second half on fire, making four of their first seven shots. Three of those field goals were three-pointers, the last by Bobby Fenske that tied the game at 27 five minutes into the second stanza.
Unfortunately for the Mids the hot shooting didn't continue. Navy would miss 10 of their next 12 shots over an 11-minute span as American slowly built a nine point lead. Andre Ingram scored six of his game high 18 points during the 19-10 run that put the game away.
The Mids were led by junior guard Greg Sprink
, who scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Sprink made five of his eight field goal attempts, including two of his four three-point field goal tries. Freshman forward Trey Stanton
added nine points and seven rebounds.
Navy will return home for a much needed home game on Saturday afternoon against Colgate. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. The Mids are averaging 69 points per game and are shooting 46 percent from the field at home compared to just 58.2 points and 39 percent on the road.