Quinnipiac Starts Strong in Defeating Navy Men's Basketball
Nov. 19, 2011
HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac opened the game on a 16-3 run and the Navy men's basketball team could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way as the Bobcats handed the Mids a 78-54 setback on Saturday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center.
The loss was Navy's second in a row and drops the Midshipmen to 2-2 overall, while Quinnipiac improves to 2-1 on the season.
"When you are on the road, someone has to step up and get a stop defensively or make a big shot and we didn't get that today. The things we talked about coming in such as fighting on the glass, taking care of ball and playing defense, we didn't do that and you get an outcome like this," said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. "We didn't embrace the physicality of the game and it cost us. I didn't do a good job of getting that across to the guys."
Navy trailed 4-3 early on when Quinnipiac blew the game open with a 12-0 run to take a 16-3 advantage with 14:46 to play. After Navy cut the margin to nine at 16-7 with 14:03 on a steal and layup by Jordan Brickman (Jr. / San Antonio, Texas), the Bobcats answered with an 18-4 spurt for a 34-11 cushion, their largest lead of the first half, with 5:39 to play in the opening stanza.
Quinnipiac settled in for a 37-18 halftime lead, then opened the second half on a 21-6 run over the first six minutes for its largest lead of the game at 58-24. The Mids would outscore Quinnipiac, 30-20, the rest of the way but the Bobcats were able to breeze home for the 78-54 decision
Entering the game, DeChellis knew the Mids were going to have to rebound and take care of the ball against the aggressive, athletic Bobcats. Navy did neither as Quinnipiac outrebounded Navy, 47-32, including 17-4 on the offensive end, and forced Navy into 22 turnovers.
The Bobcats had 22 second-chance points to Navy's four and had 24 points off turnovers to the Midshipmen's nine.
"For us to be successful, we need to be a great defensive team, rebound and take care of the ball. We didn't do any of those things today," said DeChellis. "We have to go back to work for Tuesday against a team in Tulane that is better than the team we just played."
Navy managed to shoot just 19-of-50 (.380) from the field and was 5-of-22 (.227) from three-point range. Quinnipiac shot 30-of-68 (.441) from the field and was 10-of-30 (.333) from three-point range. The Bobcats were guilty of 13 turnovers.
Isaiah Roberts (So. / Pennsauken, N.J.) led Navy with just eight points, the first time since Feb. 15, 2007, that Navy failed to have a player score in double figures. Jordan Sugars (Sr. / Winchester, Va.) added seven points while Worth Smith (Fr. / Charlotte, N.C.) scored six points. Freshman Donya Jackson (Baltimore, Md.) tallied five points with a team-high four rebounds.
James Johnson scored 18 points while Ike Azotam recorded his third straight double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Atozam entered the game averaging 17.0 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game.
Navy returns to Alumni Hall on Tuesday night to face Conference USA member Tulane in a 7:00 pm tip-off. The game can be heard on WNAV (1430 AM / 99.9 FM) beginning at 6:45 pm and will be streamed online as part of the Navy All-Access package.
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