Feb. 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- American jumped out to a 10-0 lead just three minutes into the game and the Navy men's basketball team could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way as the Eagles topped the Midshipmen, 69-47, in front of 1,219 fans at Bender Arena.
The loss dropped Navy to 3-22 overall and 0-11 in the Patriot League, while American improved to 17-9 overall and 8-3 in the league standings.
Navy struggled mightily in the first half, trailing 36-12 at halftime after shooting just 5-of-23 (.217) from the field and committing seven of its 10 turnovers. American, meanwhile, shot 13-of-24 (.542) from the field in the first half, including 5-of-8 (.625) from three-point range while committing just two turnovers.
"We just played bad basketball in the first half tonight. We couldn't pass, we couldn't catch, we couldn't shoot and we couldn't defend. That is a recipe for a long night," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "We played better in the second half, but it was just too much to overcome against a good team like American. I don't have a reason for the poor start, but we will come back tomorrow and Friday at practice and we will play better on Saturday against Colgate."
The Midshipmen had long stretches in the first half without scoring as American went on runs of 10-0, 9-0 and 7-0, while Navy went scoreless for spans of 3:53 (to start the game), 7:11, 2:37 and 2:35.
Navy would get no closer than 22 points at 51-29 with 9:32 left and the final margin of 69-47 during the second half. Navy improved its field goal percentage to 42.9 percent (9-of-21) in the second half and went 15-of-17 (.882) from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes of the game. American, however, shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) and outrebounded Navy, 18-11, in the second half to thwart any Navy comeback chance.
For the game, Navy shot 14-of-44 (.318) from the field, 3-of-16 (.188) from three-point range and 16-of-19 (.842) from the charity stripe. The Mids had 10 turnovers for the game, were outrebounded, 33-24, and recorded a season-low four assists.
American shot 26-of-53 (.491) from the field, 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range and 9-of-11 (.818) from the free throw line. American was guilty of just six turnovers. It was the fifth fewest in a game by a Navy opponent in school history.
Thurgood Wynn (So. / Bethesda, Md.) led Navy with 10 points in 14 minutes, while Carlton Smith (Sr. / Rochester, N.Y.) added seven points and four rebounds in just 12 minutes.
Charles Hinkle, who started the game 6-of-6 from the field, led American with 18 points.
Navy returns home to face Colgate on Saturday night at Alumni Hall, beginning at 7:00 pm. For tickets, call 1-800-US4-NAVY.
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