Nov. 21, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. -- Seattle U. outscored Navy 28-19 over the last eight minutes to deal the Mids a 75-70 setback in the final game of the 2KSports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops Navy's record to 1-5 overall while Seattle U. improved to 2-5.
Navy led 51-47 with just under eight minutes to play when the RedHawks' Aaron Broussard took off. The 6-6 power forward scored all nine of Seattle's points in a 9-0 run to give the RedHawks a 56-51 advantage with 5:37 to play. Broussard would score 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lift Seattle to the victory.
Navy trailed 35-29 at halftime, but got back in the game thanks to its defensive effort. The SeaHawks went just 2-for-11 in the second half's first eight minutes as Navy used a 10-0 run to take a 47-43 lead with 12:19 to play. However, the RedHawks would score 30 points in the game's last nine minutes with 18 of them coming from Broussard.
"When we got back into the game, we got defensive stops and it opened up our transition game," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "In the last 10 minutes, we didn't get stops so it halted our transition game. We have to focus on defense for 40 minutes. It's as simple as that."
The Mids started fast, jumping out to a 9-2 lead just two minutes into the game, but the RedHawks surged back, tying the game at 12 with 14:11 left in the first half. Seattle then buried three straight three-pointers to grab a 23-14 advantage with 11:10 left. Navy again battled back, drawing to within one at 29-28 with 4:02 left on an Isaiah Roberts (Fr. / Pennsauken, N.J.) lay-up, but Seattle ended the half scoring six of the final seven points for a 35-29 cushion.
Navy shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field and 25.0 percent (8-of-32) from three-point range. The Mids were outrebounded, 46-29, but forced 26 turnovers. However, Navy turned the 26 turnovers into just 12 points while committing 18 turnovers itself.
Seattle finished 24-of-50 (.480) from the field and 5-of-12 (.417) from three-point range. The RedHawks had a 22-13 advantage at the free throw line.
Jordan Sugars (Jr. / Winchester, Va.) finished with a season-high 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 38 minutes. Freshman James Loupos (Skillman, N.J.) had his best outing of his young career with 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Mark Veazey (Sr. / Lilburn, Ga.) added 12 points and four rebounds in 18 minutes. Roberts added eight points, while J.J. Avila (Fr. / McAllen, Texas) had four points, six rebounds and three steals.
Besides Broussard's 26 points, Cervante Burrell had 19 points and Mark McLaughlin added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Seattle.
Despite the 0-3 record on its West Coast swing, Lange saw improvement from his team.
"We are getting better. We are going to need time to improve, but we are starting to show at times what we can be and I think we have the potential to be very good. We have gotten better and gained confidence with every game," said Lange. "I think we can be tougher defensively. We need to realize that we have to play longer, tougher possessions on defense and we need some senior leadership in that area.
"James Loupos and Isaiah Roberts got better this weekend as we went along. Jordan Sugars found some offensive confidence. Those three players really stood out for us," said Lange. "They have some moxie and competitiveness. They have a great focus on team and leadership. We learned a lot here as a team and I think we will get better because of it."
The Mids will travel to Towson for a Wednesday night battle beginning at 7:00 pm, then will return home for a Nov. 27 contest against Maryland-Eastern Shore.
# GO NAVY #