Jan. 26, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Murphy Burnatowski scored 29 points and Colgate held Navy to 31.5 percent shooting in handing the Midshipmen a 70-56 setback in front of 2,351 fans at Alumni Hall on Saturday night.
Navy falls to 7-14 overall and 1-4 in Patriot League play while Colgate improved to 8-13 and 2-3.
The Raiders led from start to finish and were never seriously threatened. Colgate held at least a nine-point advantage for the last 35 minutes of the game after opening the contest on a 20-4 run to seize control early.
"I thought we practiced harder the last two days than we played tonight. We told the guys this morning after practice that now it's time to go take the test. We failed that test today. We didn't have any energy and got behind early and never really got going," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis, who was coaching in his 500th career game. "Burnatowski had 35 on Wednesday night against Army and we showed them for two days what he was going to do and we didn't do anything we wanted to do against him. We just didn't follow the prep. Our focus to detail has been really poor the last two games.
"We need to look ourselves in the mirror and figure out what we need to do and dig deep and do it," added DeChellis. "We didn't get better this week."
Burnatowski scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half as the Raiders opened up three 16-point leads, the last one coming at 32-16 with 6:23 to play in the first half. Navy would get to within 11 at 34-23 with 1:52 to play before Colgate settled in for a 37-25 halftime lead.
Navy would trim the lead to nine points, the last time coming at 43-34 with 13:42 to play, but the Raiders responded with a 8-0 spurt to grab a 51-34 lead with 12:03 to play and Navy would get no closer than 13 points the rest of the way as the lead fluctuated between 13 and 25 points during the final 12 minutes of the Raiders' 70-56 victory.
Navy would shoot just 17-of-54 (.315) from the field, 5-of-23 (.217) from three-point range and 17-of-25 (.680) from the free throw line, while dishing out just six assists against 12 turnovers.
Colgate, meanwhile, shot 26-of-52 (.500) from the field, 7-of-19 (.368) from three-point range and 11-of-16 (.688) from the free throw line. Colgate had 18 assists against eight turnovers and outrebounded the Midshipmen, 37-35.
Sophomore Worth Smith (Mooresville, N.C.) led Navy with 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots while going 6-of-7 from the field. Brandon Venturini (So. / Allendale, Mich.) added 11 points and three rebounds, while adding a trio of three-pointers. The three trifectas give Venturini 50 three-pointers on the season. Tilman Dunbar (Fr. / Woodbridge, Va.) would tally eight points and three assists and Kevin Alter (So. / Rumson, N.J.) also scored eight points.
Burnatowski scored his 29 points on 11-of-17 field goal attempts. He was the only Raider in double-figures.
Navy hosts league-leader Lehigh on Wednesday night at Alumni Hall. For ticket information, call 1-800-US4-NAVY or visit the Navy Athletics web page at www.NavySports.com(.)
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