(Originally posted Mon. at 10:28 p.m, links added at 7:19 a.m.)
Poor shooting doomed any chance Navy might have had of overcoming the early 13-point lead it spotted Mount Saint Mary's in Monday night's 62-58 loss.
You'd have thought somebody opened the big door to Alumni Hall -- the one they call the elephant door -- and left it open. It was that cold. The two teams combined to shoot 30.2 percent from the field (35-116), going 8 for 38 (21 percent) from three-point range.
Navy actually had the better field goal stats -- 18 of 55 (32.7 percent), 4 of 22 from the arc. Mount Saint Mary's finished 17 of 61 (27.9 percent), also with 4 treys (on 16 attempts. The difference came at the foul line, where getting 12 more shots resulted in just enough more points to pull out the four-point win. MSM went 24 for 35 at the free throw line. Navy shot 23 foul shots, making 18.
The Mids were 0 for 7 with 5 turnovers in the first 5:39 of the game, allowing the Mount to build a 13-0 lead before Kaleo Kina hit a jumper to end Navy's drought. navy battled back to within a point, cutting the deficit to 30-29 on a pair of Chris Harris free throws with 1:37 to go in the half. Jason Loughry's jumper with three seconds to go until the break gave MSM a 32-29 lead at the half, Navy never got closer the rest of the way.
Greg Sprink led Navy with 16 points and 9 rebounds, but the 6-5 senior was 0 for 9 from the arc, 5 for 19 overall. Kina added 16 points and 7 boards off the bench and Harris finished with 15.
Navy got outrebounded by a 51-37 margin. MSM had 19 offensive boards.
Box score | Frederick News-Post | AP
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