Nov. 10, 2006
Navy 73, Loyola (Md.) 61
2KSports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Navy improved to 75-25 all-time in season openers ... it was Navy's first season-opening win since the 2002-03 season (68-56 over UCF) ... it also marked the first time since the 1987-88 season (80-75 over Mount St. Mary's) that Navy won a season opener away from Annapolis.
Navy now owns a 42-15 all-time record against the MAAC ... Navy improved to 20-4 all-time against Loyola and has won three games in a row over the Greyhounds.
The Mids won their first regular-season tournament game since a 68-65 win over SMU in the 1998 Fiesta Bowl Holiday Classic ... Navy is 46-74 all-time in regular-season tournaments.
Navy has won five of its last six non-conference games dating back to last year.
The Mids own an 18-3 record under head coach Billy Lange when leading with five minutes to play ... Navy's 61 points allowed to Loyola are the fewest since allowing 54 in an 86-54 win over Susquehanna on Dec. 29, 2005 (a span of 18 games).
Navy's 27-of-28 (.964) performance from the free-throw line set a school record for free throw percentage with a minimum of 15 attempts. The previous record came in a pair of 15-of-16 (.938) performances ... The performance against Loyola set a 2KSports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Tournament record, surpassing Marquette and George Mason, who both shot .875 from the free-throw line ... Navy made its last 22 attempts from the charity stripe, including 20-of-20 in the second half ... Navy's 27 free throws made were tied for the second most by a Billy Lange-coached team and the .964 free throw percentage was the second-best percentage.
Navy was successful on both a four-point play (Trey Stanton; 3-ptr. and free throw) and a five-point play (T.J. Topercer 3-ptr.; 2 FTs by Corey Johnson) against Loyola.
Navy did not score a bench point ... the bench went 0-for-9 from the field, while the starters went 19-of-36.
The Mids were outrebounded, 18-9, in the first half, but turned the tables in the second half, outrebounding the Greyhounds, 20-9, in the last 20 minutes ... Navy had 17 second-chance points in the second half.
Navy freshmen T.J. Topercer and Trey Stanton scored 17 points each, including 22 of Navy's final 32 points ... Topercer scored 15 of his 17 in the final nine minutes and went 4-of-5 from three-point range ... Stanton scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds ... the duo combined to shoot 10-of-19 from the field and 7-of-12 from three-point range.
Greg Sprink scored 21 points, his 10th career 20-point game and 34th double-figure scoring game ... Sprink has now led the team in scoring 18 times in his career ... Sprink moved into a tie for eighth with Taj Mathews (2002-05) on the career three-pointers attempted list with 268.
Kaleo Kina went over the 300-point career barrier with 10 points against Loyola ... Kina now has scored 302 points.
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