Big Colgate Run To Start Second Half Too Much For Midshipmen
Worth Smith swats away a Murphy Burnatowski attempt. Smith tallied 10 points and two rebounds.
Feb. 24, 2013
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Colgate used a 20-2 run at the start of the second half to rally from a five-point halftime deficit and defeat the Navy men's basketball team, 59-46, in front of 542 fans at Cotterell Court on Sunday afternoon.
The loss drops Navy to 8-20 overall and 2-10 in the Patriot League, while Colgate improved to 11-18 overall and 5-7 in league play.
The Midshipmen led 27-22 at the break, but made just one of their first 14 shots of the second half while committing four turnovers as Colgate quickly erased its five-point deficit.
"It was a tale of two halves. We did some good things in the first half, but in the second half, we just didn't do much on either end of the floor," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "We got off to a terrible start after halftime and we just dug ourselves a hole that we couldn't get out of."
Navy got off to an excellent start, jumping out to a 9-0 lead five minutes into the game and its lead ranged from four to nine points for the last 17 minutes of the opening half. The Mids would take a 27-20 lead on a Kevin Alter (So. / Rumson, N.J.) three-pointer with 31 seconds left, but Colgate's Pat Moore answered with a driving lay-up at the halftime buzzer to give the Raiders a lift heading into the second half.
Navy would turn the ball over on its first possession of the second half and Mitch Rolls would bang a three-pointer on the Raiders' first trip downcourt to cut the lead to two. After a Navy miss, Pat Moore connected on a trifecta for the Raiders' first lead of the game at 28-27 and Navy was not able to recover.
Navy would still trail by one, 30-29, after a Will Kelly (Fr. / Mount Laurel, N.J.) dunk with 17:44 to play, but the Raiders countered with another 12-0 run to cap off a 22-2 spurt and take a 42-29 advantage with 9:36 to play.
Navy trimmed the margin to eight at 52-44 after a Tilman Dunbar (Fr. / Woodbridge, Va.) steal and lay-up with 1:35 to play, but Navy missed three-pointers on three straight possessions and Colgate went five-of-six from the free throw line in the last 1:23 of the game for the final 59-46 margin.
Navy ended the game shooting just 17-of-50 (.340) from the field, including an icy 6-of-24 (.250) in the second half. The Midshipmen were 3-of-15 (.200) from three-point range and 9-of-15 (.600) from the free throw line. Navy had 11 turnovers and were outrebounded by a 46-28 margin.
Colgate shot 21-of-53 (.396) from the field, 5-of-15 (.333) from three-point range and 12-of-20 (.600) from the free throw line. Colgate was credited with 14 turnovers.
Dunbar led Navy with 13 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals, while Worth Smith (So. / Mooresville, N.C.) added 10 points and two rebounds. Kelly would contribute eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high three blocked shots.
Navy's bench tallied just four points and was outscored by Colgate's reserves, 37-4. The Raiders did not start two normal starters as they were celebrating Senior Day.
Over the last two games, Navy's bench has scored a total of just four points.
Pat Moore led Colgate with 13 points, while Clayton Graham added 10 points and eight rebounds. Murphy Burnatowski, who torched the Mids for 29 in the first meeting, was held to eight points on 4-of-14 shooting.
Navy hits the road for its Patriot League regular-season road finale on Wednesday night at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 PM at Stabler Arena.
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