Mids Hang On To Upset Lehigh, 70-65
Freshman Trey Stanton
Feb. 7, 2007
BETHLEHEM, Pa.-- Trey Stanton poured in 16 points, while Kaleo Kina added 15 points and Greg Sprink chipped in with 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out five assists to lead Navy (12-12, 2-7 in the Patriot League) to a 70-65 upset of Lehigh (10-15, 5-4) in front of 962 fans at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem. The win broke a five-game losing streak for the Mids and it was Lehigh's first conference loss at home.
"I'm happy for our kids to get a quality win against a great team," said Navy head basketball coach Billy Lange. "I really like the fact we won without Greg Sprink as our leading scorer. I think Greg had a great floor game for us tonight. Overall our offensive balance was good and it's something we hope to build on."
The Mids got the win thanks to red-hot shooting from the field. Navy shot .561 (23-41) from the floor, including a .571 mark (12-21) from behind the three-point arc, as the Mids scored 70 points against a Division I opponent for the first time since a Dec. 4 victory over Howard (79-75).
Navy led 39-28 at the half thanks to seven three-point field goals and 58 percent shooting from the field. The Mids committed just seven first half turnovers and held Lehigh to 30 percent shooting (8-27).
Navy led by as many as 17 points on two different occasions in the second half, the last on a three-point field goal by Kaleo Kina with 13:14 left in the contest.
The Mountain Hawks, however, refused to go away quietly going on a 19-6 run over the next three minutes to cut Navy's lead to 61-57. Jose Olivero scored 10 of his game-high 24 points during that span to get Lehigh back into the game.
The two teams then went stone cold over the next three minutes as Lehigh missed four field goals and a free throw and Navy missed five-straight free throws, including three by Greg Sprink who entered the contest shooting .895 from the free throw line.
After a Bryan White free throw cut Navy's lead to 61-58 with 5:05 left, the Mids settled down and made seven of nine free throws down the stretch. Navy was able to hang on despite making just one field goal over the final 9:27.
Bobby Fenske contributed a career-high nine points for the Mids, making all three of his three-point field goal attempts as eight different Navy players made three-point field goals. Corey Johnson added six points and handed out three assists.
White added 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Mountain Hawks, while Marquis Hall scored 13 points and handed out five assists. Lehigh dominated Navy on the boards, outrebounding the Mids 37-26, including a 17-4 margin on the offensive glass.
With the win and Lafayette's loss to Colgate, Navy moved into a seventh-place tie with the Leopards and are now just one game out of fifth place behind American and Army. The Mids travel to Lafayette on Saturday to take on the Leopards in a game that will be televised nationally by CSTV starting at 4 p.m.