Navy suffers another blow as three players leave team

December 19, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

An already dreary December for Navy basketball worsened yesterday with the announcement that three players, including third-leading scorer Brian Cochran, have left the team.

Sophomore guard Kevin Kozak and junior forward Kevin Havens also have left the Mids. Kozak had played just six minutes this season and Havens never practiced because of a shoulder separation, but Cochran's 18 minutes per game were the most of any Mids reserve. The guard averaged 7.5 points and was shooting a team-high 62.5 percent from three-point range.

All three are expected to remain at the Naval Academy.

Cochran, an economics major from Klein, Texas, averaged 5.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting as a freshman. First-year coach Don DeVoe, whose team is 0-4, said Cochran was "one of the top three on our squad in terms of athleticism," and that he simply tired of playing basketball for Navy.

"Before school even started, he [Cochran] was harboring thoughts of not playing this season," DeVoe said. "It still came as a surprise to all of our coaches when he decided not to continue. He has some feeling that basketball is no longer enjoyable.

"If we're going to make basketball go here, we have to make it fun. It could be an outlet to relieve some pressure, but I think there is probably some inner concern about our record."

Navy last played Dec. 9, falling to Gettysburg, 78-76, in overtime. It was Navy's first loss to a Division III team since January 1974 against Gettysburg. The Mids have lost 11 straight since beating Colgate on Feb. 8, 1992.

Last season's top two newcomers, forward Derrick Wall and guard Mark Majcik, left the academy after their first season.

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