ANNAPOLIS -- They call them the Midshipmen, but after last night, Navy's basketball team might want to call itself "Loyola Marymount East."
That's just how the Midshipmen played as they rewrote the school's record book in a 116-98 victory over Mount St. Mary's before an exuberant crowd of 1,078 at Halsey Fieldhouse.
The Midshipmen placed five players in double figures, led by Michael Burd's 27 points -- all on a single-game-record nine three-pointers. As a team, Navy hit 20 three-pointers, shattering the previous record of 12 that were made in 1988 against Pennsylvania.
"I can't remember a team shooting like that against us -- they were raining them in," said Mount St. Mary's Jim Phelan, who is in his 36th year as head coach. "They were making them, and I mean long ones."
That was amazing, considering that Navy fell behind by as many as 40 points Saturday in a 103-84 loss at Fordham. Against the Mount, Navy hit 66.7 percent (20 of 30) from the three-point line on the way to scoring the second highest number of points in school history (the highest was 126 against Western Maryland in "We want our kids to shoot the three," said Navy coach Pete Herrmann of the shot that has become Navy's first option. "If our kids don't shoot the open three, I'll take them out. And after that, I don't think they'll be taken out again."
Navy scored the game's first seven points on its way to a 62-53 halftime lead. Burd had a team-high 15 points in the half. Those 62 Navy points matched or exceeded the team's totals for nine games last season.
"Erik [Harris] was feeding us like never before," said Burd, referring to the Navy point guard who had a game-high 13 assists. "When Coach took me out of the game for a few minutes, I could hardly sit still. I just wanted to get back in and shoot some more."
Despite Navy's hot shooting, the Mount, playing without point guard Kevin Booth who left early in the game after twisting his left knee, managed to scrap back and tie the game at 84 with 9 minutes, 25 seconds left. But Sam Cook broke the tie with a three-pointer from the corner and started a 21-0 Navy run that ended when Mount St. Mary's foward John Miller hit two free throws with 3:58 left in the game to make the score 105-86.
"That's when we ran out of gas," Phelan said. "We were doing patchwork without Kevin Booth. Now we'll find out what we're made off. I don't think Kevin [who had 29 points in a 103-97 loss at Xavier] will be available for a while."
The Mount never got any closer after the big Navy run, which got the normally quiet fans at Halsey Fieldhouse standing on their feet. John Haase scored 16 of his 25 in the second half (he was 11 of 14 from the field for the game).
"The whole team just seemed in sync," Haase said.
Navy now goes on the road, beginning Friday in the first round of the Mazda Gator Bowl Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., when it takes on Jacksonville. Herrmann is hoping his team's three-point shooting -- Burd shot and hit a three on a three-on-one Navy fast break -- holds up better then it did against Fordham.
"The kids just shot more freely, with a ton of confidence," Herrman said. "I said at 9:30 left in the game that this is what we've been conditioned for. Our kids are ready to play."