Nov. 9, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Navy men's basketball team shot just 30.2 percent from the field and Texas outscored the Mids, 54-32, in the second half to break open a tight game at halftime to defeat the Mids, 83-52, in the season opener for both teams.
The loss dropped Navy to 0-1 on the season, while Texas, ranked No. 25 in the ESPN / USA Today Coaches Poll, starts the year 1-0.
The contest was part of the 2KSports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
"It was an exciting event for us to be a part of and bring some guys back to Texas. We probably got a little too excited early on with our fouls," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "I am proud of some of the things we saw from our guys and you have to keep it in perspective when you play a great team like Texas. We obviously have a lot of things to improve on, and we will get back to work tomorrow."
The Longhorns broke the game open in the second half after holding a nine-point halftime lead at 29-20. Navy was within nine at 38-29 with 15:44 to play, but the Longhorns used a 10-0 run over 2:26 to take a 48-29 lead, fueled by seven points by Jordan Hamilton and a pair of Texas three-point plays.
Over the last 10 minutes, the lead would fluctuate from 23 to 31 points, which would be the final margin at 83-52.
The Mids hung tight in the first half, and after falling behind, 18-9, nine minutes into the game, Navy would use its own 11-6 run over seven minutes to trail just 24-20 on an Isaiah Roberts (Fr. / Pennsauken, N.J.) jumper with 4:30 left in the first half. But Navy would go scoreless for the remainder of the half and Texas would stretch the lead to 29-20 at halftime.
Jordan Hamilton led Texas with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Gary Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds. McDonald's All-American Tristan Thompson had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Longhorns, which shot 30-of-59 (.508) from the field, but just 4-of-17 (.235) from three-point range. Texas committed 15 turnovers, including 12 in the first half, and outrebounded the Midshipmen, 50-30.
"I thought we started the game great on defense, especially on the interior. The problem is when you do that, you have Hamilton roaming around and its hard to ask your guys to do two things -- keep it out of the inside and stop Hamilton from getting wide-open three-pointers," said Lange. "I thought we did a great job in the first half and in the second half, we kind of lost our way a little bit and stopped competing a little bit underneath there. We'll work on it and get better."
Navy, meanwhile, shot just 19-of-63 (.302) from the field, including an icy 7-of-31 (.226) in the first half and 4-of-23 (.174) from three-point range for the contest. Navy was 10-of-18 (.556) from the free throw line and had 16 turnovers.
Mark Veazey (Sr. / Lilburn, Ga.) had 14 points, eight rebounds and a career-best five blocked shots before fouling out with 1:37 left. Jordan Sugars (Jr. / Winchester, Va.) had eight points and four rebounds and O.J. Avworo (Sr. / Houston, Texas) and Greg Brown (Sr. / Waldorf, Md.) each had six points. Brown had two of Navy's four three-pointers.
Navy will be in action next on Saturday, when it travels to Buffalo, N.Y., to face Buffalo beginning at noon. There will be no Navy radio coverage for the game due to time conflicts with the Navy-Central Michigan football game.
* Navy fell to 76-28 all-time in season openers ... the Mids are 2-5 in season openers under Billy Lange ... the Mids have lost three straight season openers ... the last two season openers have come against NCAA Tournament teams from the year before (Radford and Texas).
* Navy fell to 0-2 all-time against Texas ... Navy is now just 1-6 all-time against members of the Big 12 ... Navy is just 6-16 in 22 games against schools from the state of Texas.
* Under Lange, Navy is now 15-26 in non-conference road games and the Mids dropped to 18-19 in the month of November.
* Navy started a Texas native for the 88th straight time in the loss to the Longhorns ... Navy actually started three Texas natives tonight in J.J. Avila, O.J. Avworo and Romeo Garcia.
* Navy's highly-regarded six-member freshman class combined for 12 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.
* The Mids dropped to 16-69 all-time under Billy Lange when scoring 69 points or less ... Navy is also just 37-78 under Lange when shooting under 42 percent for the contest.
* The crowd of 10,452 was the 29th-largest crowd to see Navy play ... it marked the 31st time in school history that a crowd of 10,000 saw Navy play.
* Mark Veazey now has 16 career double-figure scoring games ... he recorded a career-high five blocked shots ... the five blocked shots moved him into seventh place on the career blocked shots list with 93, past Byron Hopkins (1987-88).
* Dating back to last year, Jordan Sugars has now hit a three-pointer in 14 straight games.
# GO NAVY #