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Mids Drop Overtime Decision to Mount St. Mary's, 65-56

Mark Veazey scored 12 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Navy's loss to Mount St. Mary's.

Mark Veazey scored 12 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Navy's loss to Mount St. Mary's.

Nov. 28, 2009

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Mount St. Mary's outscored Navy, 11-2, in the overtime session to hand the Navy men's basketball team a 65-56 setback in front of 1,764 fans at Alumni Hall on Saturday night.

The loss drops Navy's overall record to 2-4, while Northeast Conference favorite Mount St. Mary's improves to 3-2 overall.

"It was not a great basketball game tonight," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "You have to give credit to Mount St. Mary's to be able to play through some sluggish times and make the plays when they needed to. We certainly did not play well, but you have to give them credit. I thought we were fortunate to just get the game into overtime."

The Mids trailed virtually the entire game, but tied the game at 54 on a pair of Romeo Garcia free throws with 22 seconds left. After forcing a miss by the Mountaineers with under five seconds to play to force overtime, Navy then struggled in the extra session, missing all six of its field goal attempts, committing three turnovers and scoring both of its points at the free throw line. Mount St. Mary's, meanwhile, went 1-of-6 from the field, but was 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the extra session.

Navy trailed the entire first half and were down by nine at halftime, 32-23. Navy shot just 34.6 percent (9-of-26) in the first half and had 12 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. Mount St. Mary's shot 37.9 percent (11-of-29) in the first half, including 37.5 percent (3-of-8) from beyond the arc.

The Mids then started to turn it on in the second half, cutting the lead to one at 43-42 with just over seven minutes to play. However, the Mount countered with an 11-6 spurt to grab a 54-48 advantage with 1:58 to play in regulation.

The Mids buckled down and forced two turnovers and one missed field goal attempt in the last two minutes and the Mids outscored the Mount, 6-0, to send the game into overtime tied at 54, before being outscored 11-2 in the extra session.

"We have a passion issue with our team. We don't consistently bring heart to every game. It's disturbing to me, because I feel that this team can play with a lot of heart and passion," said Lange. "It's there for us, but anyone that watched that game tonight could tell we did not have the focus and passion needed. We aren't getting it right. I don't think basketball is complicated and when you make the simple hard, it becomes very complex. The common denomenator is us. Both Mount St. Mary's and Towson played hard, but we played very hard and very focused against Towson. We did not do that tonight and it showed."

Navy shot just 21-of-60 (.350) from the field and was just 2-of-16 (.125) from three-point range and 12-of-19 (.632) from the free throw line. Mount St. Mary's went 19-of-56 (.339) from the field, 4-of-13 (.308) from three-point range and 23-of-32 (.719) from the free throw line. The Mount outrebounded Navy, 45-40, and both teams had 20 turnovers.

Navy was led by Chris Harris with 17 points, while Mark Veazey had 12 points and seven rebounds and Jordan Sugars had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Jeremy Goode led the Mount with 18 points.

Navy will host Northeast Conference challenger Quinnipiac on Monday night, beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door prior to the game or by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY on Monday.

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