Feb. 24, 2007
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Greg Sprink equaled a season high with 29 points, but it wasn't enough as Colgate made 16-of-17 free throws in the second half to hand the Mids a 70-62 defeat in the regular-season finale on Saturday. The loss drops Navy to 14-15 overall and 4-10 in Patriot League play. The loss will send Navy to Bucknell or Holy Cross for the first-round of the Patriot League Tournament.
"It was a hard-fought game, but we dug ourselves too deep of a hole in the first half. We had some lapses in the first half and it cost us," said Navy head coach Billy Lange.
Colgate jumped out early 9-3 on a pair of Kyle Chones three-pointers, but Navy rallied early behind the play of Kaleo Kina. Kina scored nine straight points for the Mids to trim the lead to 15-14 with 11 minutes to play. Colgate still led 20-18 before holding Navy scoreless for almost seven minutes and taking a 30-18 cushion on one of three Jon Simon first-half three-pointers.
However, Greg Sprink led the Midshipmen back in the last three minutes, going on a personal 8-0 run to trim the margin to 30-26. A Simon three-pointer at the halftime buzzer gave the Raiders a 33-26 lead at intermission.
Colgate again stretched the lead to 12 at 40-28 early in the second half, but Sprink led Navy on another rally. The junior guard scored seven of Navy's first nine points in the half and the Mids went on a 16-6 run to cut the Colgate lead to 46-44 with 11:33 to play. Sprink scored 17 of Navy's 21 points in the final 10 minutes of the first half and the first five minutes of the second half to fuel Navy's run.
With Colgate nursing a 58-56 lead, the Raiders would score back-to-back baskets to take a 62-56 lead. However, layups by Adam Teague and Sprink cut the lead to 62-60 with 1:30 to play. Marc Daniels would score on an offensive putback with 1:20 to play for a four-point Colgate lead, 64-60.
Navy would get no closer as the Raiders closed out the half, making all six free throw attempts in the last 28 seconds to hold on for the victory.
The Mids shot just 47.1 percent from the field. Navy was just 6-of-8 from the free throw line, while Colgate was 19-of-25. The Raiders also outrebounded the Mids, 38-22, and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, resulting in 23 second-chance points.
The Mids finished the Patriot League in a tie for sixth with a 4-10 mark.
"You could look at our league record and it could have been reversed," said Lange. "We just didn't make enough plays. But we're looking forward to the playoffs and we are going to put it all on the line. This is a great team to coach and we are going to keep getting better.
# GO NAVY #