Lafayette holds off Navy rally, 77-67 Mids lose 4th in row despite 16-2 surge

February 23, 1992|By Special to The Sun

EASTON, Pa. -- Keith Brazzo scored 22 points and Craig White added 19, as Lafayette (7-18, 5-7) drew away in the closing minutes to hand Navy (6-19, 1-12) a 77-67 Patriot League loss yesterday. It was the fourth straight defeat for the Midshipmen.

Navy, seemingly out of the game early in the second half, used a 16-2 run to tie at 49 with 11:08 remaining. The rally was fueled by four three-pointers, two of them by Michael Burd.

Lafayette pulled away down the stretch, going on a 13-4 burst to open a 62-53 advantage with 5:04 left. Navy managed just two baskets in a 7:07 span after getting the tie.

"I thought we made a good, strong comeback," Navy coach Pete Herrmann said. "We had good performances from Michael Burd, Larry Green and Kevin Havens. Once we tied it, we just couldn't get over the hump. Lafayette made its free throws down the stretch to put it away."

A 10-2 spurt helped Lafayette build a 30-17 lead midway through the first half, before the Midshipmen cut the margin to 10 at the break.

The Leopards extended their lead to 14 with 17:44 remaining, before the visitors charged back.

Freshman forward Derrick Wall led the Midshipmen with 12 points. Senior center Nick Marusich, returning after missing five games due to a fractured cheekbone, had 10 points and two rebounds in eight minutes.

NAVY -- Majick 0-1 0-0 0, Kozak 0-1 0-0 0, Burd 4-8 0-0 10, Cochran 3-7 1-2 8, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Wall 6-6 0-0 12, Green 1-3 2-2 4, Haase 4-8 1-2 9, Mickel 3-10 0-1 6, Cougher 2-8 0-0 4, Marusich 4-5 2-4 10, Havens 1-1 1-2 4. Totals: 28-59 7-13 67.

LAFAYETTE -- Brazzo 8-15 4-6 22, Burke 2-3 5-5 9, Van Auken 4-4 4-5 12, Sanz 1-1 0-0 2, Spigner 3-10 2-2 9, White 8-14 1-4 19, Jenz 2-5 0-0 4. Totals: 28-52 16-22 77.

Halftime--Lafayette, 39-29. 3-point goals--Navy 4-14 (Burd 2-4, Cochran 1-3, Havens 1-1, Haase 0-3, Mickel 0-2, Kozak 0-1), LC 5-11 (Brazzo 2-3, White 2-3, Spigner 1-4, Burke 0-1). Rebounds--Navy 31 (Green 6); LC 29 (White 8). Assists--Navy 10 (Mickel 5); LC 20 (Van Auken 6). A--1,386.

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