Slow Start Dooms Navy in 86-70 Loss to Drexel
Nov. 11, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Frank Elegar scored 24 points and had 14 rebounds to lead Drexel to an 86-70 victory over Navy on Sunday.
Tramayne Hawthorne added 19 points for the Dragons (2-0), who started 2-0 for the third straight year. Chris Harris scored 16 points for the Midshipmen (1-1) and leading scorer Greg Sprink had 13 points.
"I can't fault our effort, but I don't know if we were ready today," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "We had some lapses and got into some foul trouble in the first half which really cost us. I was proud of the way we battled back and made it a game in the second half. Drexel is a very good team, and Elegar does a lot of things well. They really feed off him and we had a tough time with him."
The Mids trailed by a 49-29 margin at halftime and Drexel stretched the lead to 23 at 52-29, its biggest lead of the game with 18:26 to play. However, the Mids clawed back in the contest with a 13-3 run over two-and-a-half minutes to trim the margin to 55-42 with 16:01 to play.
Drexel pushed the margin back to 17 (73-56) with 7:45 to play, but the resilient Midshipmen charged back with a 13-4 burst to cut the lead to 77-69 with 3:36 to play on a Kaleo Kina (Phoenix, Ariz.) layup. The Mids had two three-point shots to cut even further into the lead that went in-and-out and the Dragons closed the game with a 9-1 run, with five of the nine points coming at the free-throw stripe for the final margin.
Drexel shot 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the field, while holding Navy to 36.6 percent (26-of-71). Navy was just 9-of-30 from long distance. Drexel held a decided advantage at the free throw line, converting on 23-of-37 attempts, while Navy was just 9-of-15. Both teams had 16 turnovers and the Dragons held a slim 43-39 advantage on the class.
Besides Harris and Sprink with 16 and 13, respectively, Kina and freshman Mark Veazey (Lilburn, Ga.) added 10 points each. Sprink grabbed eight rebounds while Veazey had six boards and two steals. Kina led Navy with three assists.
The Mids will host Robert Morris on Wednesday night in their home opener in Alumni Hall. For ticket information, please call 1-800-US4-NAVY.
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