Manhattan stops Navy, 79-75, despite Marusich's 18 points

December 09, 1991|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent

ANNAPOLIS -- For the second time in five days, Manhattan College invaded the area to win a 79-75 basketball game.

The Jaspers, who beat Loyola in overtime by that score Tuesday night, claimed Navy as their victim in regulation yesterday, leading most of the way before 612 at Alumni Hall.

Reserve guard Charles Dubra sparked the key run for Manhattan, hitting 11 of his team's 13 points, including three three-point shots, in a four-minute span early in the second half.

"That was the key to the win," said Jaspers coach Steve Lappas. "At the time, we were struggling with our half-court offense."

Navy had its final lead at 53-52 during that stretch, but soon was behind by 63-55 and never regained control.

Center Nick Marusich scored 16 of his team-high 18 after halftime to keep the Midshipmen in the game, but it wasn't enough.

"We can't have Nick out of the game for 14 or 15 minutes in the first half in foul trouble," said Navy coach Pete Herrmann. "We have to have him on the floor as much as possible."

Manhattan received 19 points from top scorer Keith Bullock and 15 from guard Russ Williams and prospered at the free-throw line.

The Midshipmen averaged nearly 85 points last season, but have scored more than 77 only once -- in the lone victory, over Division III Gettysburg.

"The difference of nine or 10 points has to come from our defense," said Herrmann. "We're not deflecting enough balls or creating enough havoc with our pressure.

"That has to improve for us to increase our scoring."

Navy is playing with six freshmen and three sophomores, and Marusich is the only senior playing appreciable time.

"It's a group that has youth. They will come along and be better," said Herrmann. "These kids will be in there game after game.

"But we've got to create off our pressure the 8-0 or 10-0 run for us to consistently win. They are going to learn."

The Jaspers were charged with 10 turnovers and shot 31 free throws, a poor ratio from Navy's defensive standpoint.

Navy will not play collegiate competition again until Dec. 27, when it goes to the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii. There is an exhibition game scheduled against Team Verich on Dec. 22 at Alumni Hall.

MANHATTAN (3-2) Bullock 4-7 11-12 19, Edwards 3-8 3-4 10, Marshall 2-6 4-6 8, R. Williams 6-9 3-5 15, C. Williams 2-8 0-0 4, Dubra 4-5 0-0 11, Davalli 0-1 0-0 0, Bernsley 2-3 0-0 4, Wilson 3-5 2-4 8, Elliot 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 23-31 79.

NAVY (1-4) -- Haase 6-14 2-6 17, Wall 6-8 3-7 15, Marusich 7-9 4-4 18, Mickel 3-4 0-0 7, Majick 0-2 0-0 0, Polvino 0-0 0-0 0, Kozak 1-3 0-0 3, Cochran 2-8 0-0 6, Robinson 2-4 1-1 5, Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Cougher 2-5 0-0 4, Havens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 10-18 75.

Halftime--Manhattan 40, Navy 37. 3-point goals-- Manhattan 4-13 (R.Williams 0-1, Dubra 3-4, Davalli 0-1, C. Williams 0-4, Edwards 1-2, Wilson 0-1), Navy 7-17 (Majick 0-2, Kozak 1-3, Cochran 2-5, Haase 3-5, Mickel 1-2). Rebounds--Manhattan 29 (Marshall 9), Navy 36 (Msrusich 8). Assists--Manhattan 4 (Marshall 2), Navy 15 (Kozak, Haase 4). Total fouls--Manhattan 15, Navy 23. A--612.

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