WASHINGTON -- Forward John Haase scored 24 points, as Navy scored on a record-tying number of three-point shots, and the Midshipmen ended a five-game losing streak with a 94-82 win over American University in Colonial Athletic Association action yesterday before 3,129 at Bender Arena.
Navy (6-12, 2-5) also received 22 points and a game-high 14 rebounds from forward Eddie Reddick. Navy made 11 of 24 three-pointers, tying CAA highs for three-pointers made and attempted, both set in separate games by James Madison against Navy in 1987.
American (8-8, 3-4) got 19 points from Brian Gilgeous, 18 from Donald Grant and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Craig Sedmak, but still dropped its third straight conference game.
Navy, which has a .412 field-goal percentage, has had two major failings this season: poor shooting and an inability to hold second-half leads.
"I was getting a lot of open shots on our offense called 'Runner,' with the big men setting picks for me," said Haase, who was 9-for-15 from the field, including 4-for-6 on three-pointers. "In the first half, my man would always double down on Eddie leaving me open shots."
The Midshipmen seemed to be following their season's script yesterday, making only 14 of 45 first-half shots (.311), though taking a 44-38 advantage into halftime. Against American, however, the Midshipmen were able to write a new ending, never trailing in the second half.
Still, the Eagles were able to narrow an 11-point lead to one with a 10-point run midway through the second half. After the Midshipmen moved back to a seven-point lead, AU closed to 75-71 when center Nick Marusich fouled out and Gilgeous made one of two free throws with six minutes remaining.
Navy, which didn't shoot 40 percent from the field in any of its five previous losses, made 19 of 29 shots (.650) in the second half.