ANNAPOLIS -- After being fouled at the final buzzer with his team trailing by a point, Navy forward Eddie Reddick had a chance to redeem himself for his poor free-throw shooting to that point.
But there would be no heroics for the senior captain. His first shot bounced off the front iron and his second shot rimmed out, allowing Richmond to survive, 83-82, before 1,149 at Halsey Field House.
The crowd was somber after the halftime announcement that the United States had begun military strikes against Iraq. The game provided a temporary distraction.
"I really feel for Reddick because he's done a great job against us over the years," said Richmond coach Dick Tarrant. "He's a great player and a super kid -- it's bad that had to happen."
Navy (5-10 overall, 1-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association) had shot 33 and 30 percent in its two previous games, but its 46.3 percent shooting night could not save the team from its second consecutive loss.
Guard Erik Harris scored 26 points (six of eight three pointers) for Navy, which led, 37-32, at the half and had its biggest lead, 54-44, five minutes into the second half. But Richmond (8-7, 1-4) outscored Navy, 25-14, over the next eight minutes to take a 69-68 lead.
The game was back and forth over the next few minutes, with Navy holding an 80-78 after Harris hit two free throws with 1 minute, 40 seconds left. After Richmond's Gerald Jarmon hit a three-pointer to put his team up, 81-80, Harris made a jumper for an 82-81 lead with 29 seconds let.
Richmond's Terry Connolly was fouled with six seconds left and hit two free throws for an 83-82 lead. Navy got the ball to Reddick on its final possession, and he was fouled at the buzzer to set up the ending.
"I feel bad for Eddie because he's worked the hardest of any player since I've been here," Harris said. "It's just a real down moment here, not with the misses, but with what happened with the United States today."