ANNAPOLIS -- Navy had no reason to fear Terry Burke. Although he's a senior co-captain, Burke never scored a field goal as a freshman or sophomore and had a career-high of 10 points last season against Pennsylvania.
In an uncharacteristic outburst, Burke poured in 22 points in a 10-minute span in the second half to lead Lafayette to a 75-62 win over Navy last night before 1,025 in Halsey Field House.
Burke's output included six three-pointers in seven attempts. The 6-foot-2 guard from the Philadelphia suburb of Abington finished the night with 8-for-12 from the field for his game-high 22 points.
"Terry hasn't been in a lot of games, but if anyone deserved it, he's the guy," Lafayette coach John Leone said. "He was in the [heavenly] zone, you could see it.
"His trigger finger was itchy and he wanted the ball. And we needed that tonight."
Burke's outburst began after Navy wiped out a four-point half
time deficit by scoring the first 13 points of the second half, seven of them by John Haase. That run gave Navy a 38-29 advantage with 15:54 remaining.
Burke then went to work. His opening salvo was a jumper from the top of the key. Then a layup. Then the three-point barrage began.
When Burke scored his final points of the night with a three-pointer from the left side, Lafayette led 62-53 with 6:32 left. For those few telling minutes, he took over the game.
"He's a good shooter, no question," Navy coach Pete Herrmann said. "When he started to score, we told the kids they'd have to get out and play him, but they gave him more room than they should have."
The defeat was the fifth straight for the Midshipmen (4-13) and left them 0-6 in their first year in the Patriot League. This was a battle between teams in the league's lower echelon; Lafayette (3-14), which snapped a four-game losing string, had beaten only Army in its previous five league games.
Navy's offense, such as it was, was led by Michael Burd, who had 14 points, including 4-for-7 from three-point range, and Haase, with 13.
Navy was forced to play without senior center Nick Marusich, who suffered a strained shoulder last week in practice. The 6-9 senior is the team's leading rebounder and No. 2 scorer.
"We did a very poor job on the boards," Herrmann said. "It's the worst we've done all year, and the first time we've been outre
bounded in double figures [37-23]. We've got to have Nick. I hope we will Saturday against Fordham."
In the first half, the score was tied eight times, the last at 23. Lafayette then ran off six straight points and led at halftime, 29- 25.
Navy will travel to Fordham Saturday in search of its first league win and then return to face UMBC on Monday in Halsey Field House.