Dec. 22, 2007
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Kaleo Kina scored 20 points and Chris Harris added 19 and Navy hit 14 three-pointers en route to an 85-61 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday afternoon. The Mids improved to 4-8 overall, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. UMES fell to 2-11 overall.
"I'm happy for our players, because I know how good it feels to win on the road. I am actually upset that we are spending time apart, because they have worked very hard the last two weeks and have been a joy to be around," said Navy head coach Billy Lange. "Our mental toughness needs to improve, but for the majority of the game, I thought we played very well. Our defense was solid and we shot the ball well. Our rebounding still needs to get better, but it was a good effort."
Navy started the game strong, jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes, and would take a double-digit lead at 17-6 with 14:44 to play in the opening stanza. Navy would lead by double figures for the remainder of the half, en route to a 41-23 halftime lead. Five players scored at least four points in the opening stanza for the Mids, while shooting 50.0 percent (15-of-30) from the field.
The Navy defense was also tough, limiting Maryland-Eastern Shore to shoot just 25.8 percent on 8-of-31 shooting. The Mids, however, hut themselves with 12 turnovers.
The Fighting Hawks started to rally in the second half, holding the Mids scoreless for the first five-and-half minutes, cutting the deficit to 41-35 with 14:30 to play. The Mids went 0-for-8 with six turnovers in the span to aid the 12-0 UMES rally.
"They are a tough team to play and the halftime lead was too big for us," said Lange. "We knew they would come out strong and we relaxed some. We regrouped and played well the last 15 minutes. I thought Brian Richards came off the bench and gave us great energy to get us back on track."
However, the Mids regrouped and found their outside stroke. Thanks to three-pointers by Kaleo Kina
, Adam Teague
and Chris Harris
, Navy quickly pushed the lead back to double-figures, grabbing a 63-46 lead with 6:59 to play on Harris' third three of the afternoon.
Navy took its biggest lead of the game at 24 (79-55) with 2:40 to play on a pair of Greg Sprink free throws, before coasting in for a 85-61 victory.
Sprink added 15 points, while Adam Teague and Greg Brown tallied nine and seven off the bench, respectively. The Mids shot 50.8 percent from the field, including 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from three-point range. Navy outrebounded the Hawks, 42-40, but were guilty of 20 turnovers. UMES shot 32.8 percent and committed 15 turnovers.
Navy will be in action next Saturday night for a 7:00 pm tipoff at St. Francis (N.Y.) in the Bronx.
# GO NAVY #