Dec. 12, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford outscored Navy, 23-12, over the final eight minutes to hand the Navy men's basketball team a 73-62 setback on Saturday afternoon at Ben Johnson Arena.
The loss was Navy's third in a row and drops the Mids to 4-7 overall. Wofford, which has beaten Georgia this year and been competitive in losses to Michigan State, Illinois and Pittsburgh, improves to 5-6 on the season.
"I thought we played very hard tonight and really left it all on the floor," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "They are a good team and made a few more plays down the stretch than we did. But you can't fault our effort. We had a good gameplan and for the most part, followed it. We still have work to do, but we can take some positives from this game."
After trailing for most of the contest, Navy tied the game on a Jordan Sugars three-pointer, his fifth of the contest, at 50 with 8:22 to play. However, Wofford then embarked on a 14-4 run over the next four-plus minutes to take a 64-54 advantage with 3:50 to play. Navy would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, and Wofford held on for a 73-62 victory.
Navy came out fast in the first half, jumping out to an 18-12 lead with 12:53 to play on a Chris Harris three-pointer. In the first seven-plus minutes, the Mids went 7-of-12 in jumping to their six-point lead, but went just 3-of-17 in the last 12-plus minutes of the first half to fall behind at halftime, 32-26.
After Brad Loesing of Wofford opened the second half with a three-pointer for a 35-26 Terriers' lead, Navy went on a 14-2 run to grab a 39-37 lead with 16:40 to play on a Sugars three-pointer. Wofford countered with a 7-0 spurt to reclaim the lead at 44-39, before Navy tied the contest at 50.
The Terriers shot 61.9 percent in the second half, while Navy shot 50.0 percent. However, the story of the contest came at the free throw line, where Wofford went 20-of-28, while Navy was just 9-of-11. Navy attempted just one free throw in the first half, despite constantly driving the ball to the rim.
For the game, Navy shot 41.5 percent, while Wofford shot 48.9 percent. Navy went 9-of-21 (.429) from three-point range, while Wofford was 7-of-14 (.500). Navy committed 19 turnovers, while the Terriers had 21. Wofford entered the game among the nation's leaders in fewest turnovers. Wofford outrebounded Navy, 36-24.
Jordan Sugars led Navy with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting (5-of-6 from three), while Chris Harris added 11. Harris has been in double figures all 11 games this year.
Noah Dahlman led Wofford with 13 points, while Corey Godzinski and Loesing had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Mids will take the next 10 days off for final exams, and will return to the court on Dec. 22, at Big East member Seton Hall. The game will be played at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and will tip off at 7:00 pm.
# GO NAVY #