Herzog's 33 too much for Navy, as Fordham prevails, 73-68

March 01, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- The game had much more meaning to Fordham, which had to win to practically assure itself the first seeding in next weekend's Patriot League tournament.

But Navy -- land-locked in last place -- showed yesterday that nothing will be a given when the eight league members convene at Bethlehem, Pa., for the post-season showdown.

The Midshipmen refused to go away all afternoon, but finally lost, 73-68, at Alumni Hall.

Fred Herzog, the Rams' 6-foot-9 senior forward, hit 11 of 14 from the field, scored a career-high 33 points and, for good measure, shut down Navy's major three-point threat, Michael Burd, through the stretch. He was clearly the difference.

"The Fordham coaching staff told me he was playing very well lately," said Navy coach Pete Herrmann. "He's quite a versatile player who has been carrying them. He really hit some big baskets when we were tied or close to even."

And with Navy (6-20, 1-13) staging one of its many rallies, Herzog bTC began tracking Burd out front after Burd hit a three-pointer and two free throws within a minute.

Burd lofted only one shot and tallied just one point in the final six minutes, finishing with 17.

"We finally had to get Freddy's big body on him [Burd]," said Rams' coach Nick Macarchuk. "We couldn't stop him otherwise."

The result set up a third meeting of the two teams in the first round of the tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday. Macarchuk is expecting more of the same.

"We've had two very difficult games with them. I'm sure the next one will be a repeat," he said. "When we play, nothing's easy."

Fordham (15-12, 11-3) took the first meeting, 81-75, and has beaten the Midshipmen five straight times overall.

Navy fell behind, 6-0 and 14-4, at the start and never led despite an 18-point, eight-rebound performance from Chuck Robinson. The game was tied once (40-40) and Burd missed a three-pointer which could have given the Midshipmen the lead.

It was a typical conference game for Navy, which stays with a lot of rivals but never quite gets up the hill. Herrmann starts three freshmen and two sophomores and Nick Marusich is the only serious contributor among the seniors.

"We have to get over that hump," said Herrmann, who did not play leading scorer John Haase because of a "team kind of thing. It's not grades or anything. It's just something that has been taken care of within the team."

Haase attended every practice last week.

"I didn't think we took advantage of our post players in the first half, but we're not backing down. Our young guys keep getting (( better. Herzog was really the difference."

FORDHAM -- Fazande 0-3 1-2 1, Prioleau 3-8 0-0 6, Stinson 3-4 3-4 10, Herzog 11 -14 11-16 33, Jenkins 2-8 4-6 8, McGowan 2-2 5-6 9, Buckner 0-3 0-0 0, Content 2 -2 0-0 4, Hope 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-46 24-34 73.

NAVY -- Majick 1-4 0-0 3, Polvino 0-0 0-0 0, Burd 5-12 3-4 17, Cochran 2-7 0-0 5, Robinson 7-14 4-7 18, Wall 4-8 3-3 11, Mickel 2-4 0-0 4, Cougher 1-2 0-0 2, Marusich 1-2 1-3 3, Havens 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 25-57 12-19 68.

Halftime--Fordham 32-28. 3-point shots--Fordham 1-8 (Stinson 1-1, Prioleau 0-4, Buckner 0-2, Fazande 0-1); Navy 6-17 (Burd 4-11, Majick 1-2, Cochran 1-4). Rebounds--Fordham 34 (Jenkins 10); Navy 33 (Robinson 8). Assists--Fordham 18 ( Fazande 5); Navy 17 (Mickel 8). Total fouls--Fordham 20; Navy 24. Fouled out--Wall. Technical--Mickel. A--1,472.

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