Navy Posts Historic Scoring Output in 110-45 Win Over Washington College
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men’s basketball team (3-2) posted historic scoring numbers in a 110-45 win over Division III Washington College (1-2) on Wednesday afternoon in Alumni Hall. Navy set a school record with 33 assists and the 110 points were the most points ever scored in Alumni Hall.
Additionally, the 65-point victory margin was the second-largest in program history, the 110 points scored were tied for the fourth-most in program history and the 14 3-pointers were tied for the sixth-most in program history. It was the first time Navy scored 100 points in a game since 2010.
“The thing I was most happy about with our team is that we shared the ball,” said Navy head coach Ed DeChellis. “Offensively, we really passed up shots to get other guys open shots, which was really important. We did a decent job taking care of the ball, which was nice to see. Everybody did a good job of playing in character and staying in their lane.”
Navy sophomore center Evan Wieck scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while senior guard Shawn Anderson also tallied 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Anderson has 986 career points and is just 14 away from the 1,000-point mark.
Junior forward George Kiernan made three 3-pointers for 11 points to go along with five rebounds, while freshman guard Cam Davis scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting for his first career game in double figures.
Senior forward Tom Lacey tallied nine points and seven rebounds, while junior point guard Hasan Abdullah scored five points and had a career-high eight assists. Freshman forward Tyler Riemersma did not score, but handed out five assists with six rebounds in just 11 minutes.
Navy used an early 8-0 run to erase an early 4-0 Washington College lead as Anderson converted an and-1 opportunity and then sunk a 3-pointer. Washington was able to keep it close by shooting 56 percent in the game’s first 10 minutes, but a pair of 3-pointers by Kiernan helped Navy push its lead to 21 with eight minutes left in the half. Junior guard Ryan Pearson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help Navy close the first half on a 14-1 run to take a 31-point lead at halftime at 51-20.
Navy’s starters returned for the beginning of the second half and fastbreak dunks by senior guard Bryce Dulin and Wieck pushed Navy’s lead to 40 points four minutes into the period and the starters gave way to the reserves for the rest of the contest.
“We challenged the guys at halftime and told them it was 0-0,” said DeChellis. “We wanted to see how we would come out of the locker room in the first four minutes of the second half. I think we came out and made a run right away. That showed some maturity and some growth.”
Davis helped Navy’s lead grow with eight straight points on back-to-back 3-pointers and then a driving layup to put the Mids ahead at 79-30. Davis’ spurt came in the middle of a 15-0 Navy run that resulted in Navy taking a 56-point lead at 86-30.
Sophomore guard Matt Cullen scored eight straight points late in the contest with two 3-pointers and a fastbreak layup, while sophomore forward Connor Mannion scored Navy’s 110th and final points on a jumper in his career debut.
Navy outshot Washington College 59 percent (40-of-68) to 35 percent (18-of-52). The Mids were 14-of-27 on 3-pointers for a 52 percent clip. Navy had 33 assists against just 12 turnovers.
Navy used 21 players in the contest and received 60 points from its 16 players that came in off the bench. Navy scored 41 points off of Washington’s 24 turnovers, and outscored the Shoremen in the paint, 48-14.
Derrick Carter scored a team-high eight points for Washington College, while Tas Dixon scored seven points with five assists.
Navy will next head to Fort Myers, Florida to play three games in the Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout. Navy will face St. Francis Brooklyn, FGCU and Denver from Friday-Sunday.
“Not only is this win going to help us feel good going into the weekend, but this game showed that we are focused and we are ready,” said Anderson, the team captain. “We just need to carry over the same preparation over the next couple of days as we head to Florida for this three-game stretch. This was a good start to it, but we have to take this and build off of it.”