Navy takes 2 overtimes to beat Loyola, 65-62 Jenkins' 5 straight win it for Mids

January 12, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

ANNAPOLIS -- Welcome to Nostalgia Night.

With Gen. Colin Powell giving a Forrestal Lecture at Alumni Hall, Navy returned to its former home, Halsey Field House. A barbershop quartet was the halftime entertainment, and in a game that matched strangers to up-tempo, space-age basketball, Navy needed two overtimes to subdue Loyola, 65-62.

Thomas Jenkins, a sophomore forward from Jackson, Miss., who began the season on the junior varsity, was the late hero for Navy, as he scored the game's last five points. His three-pointer with seven seconds left was the difference, as Navy (3-7) won two straight for the first time since the end of the 1990-91 season.

"Fortunately, we were able to get the ball in the hands of one of our good shooters," Navy coach Don DeVoe said. "I'm proud of Jenkins, but I'm also proud of the screens set by James Norris and Wes Cooper that got him open. "That was two teams that haven't won a lot, and neither has the confidence to put the game away. You've got two young teams that don't shoot well, and teams in that situation usually have trouble handling the ball."

Loyola (1-9), which lost for the sixth straight time, went ahead 62-60 on sophomore Matt Gabriel's free throws, but the Greyhounds didn't score in the final 4:33. Three of their 27 turnovers came in the second overtime, which ended with freshman Teron Owens shooting an air ball from 30 feet.

The second overtime was required when Brian Pendleton got free on the right baseline with three seconds left in the first. His short jumper made it 60-60, and Navy was able to call time out.

Navy got 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds from 6-foot-5 sophomore Cooper, 12 from freshman forward Norris, and 10 apiece from Victor Mickel and Chuck Robinson, who did a good job defending Pendleton. The sophomore forward had a game high of 20 points and eight rebounds in a 48-minute effort. Four of his 10 baskets came on medium-range jumpers, as Robinson succeeded in pushing him away from the lane. Sophomore Gabriel added a career-high 17 for the Greyhounds.

Loyola limited Navy to 33.3 percent (18-54) shooting from the field, but the Mids made 15 more free throws and had a commanding 39-26 advantage in rebounds.

"Our kids have played great defense all year," Loyola coach Tom Schneider said, "but we didn't do a good job defending the foul line."

Navy used an 8-0 run to go up 33-24 with 16:30 left, and Jenkins' three-pointer from the right wing with 8:25 put the lead at 44-38. The Greyhounds' full-court pressure didn't allow a basket for nearly six minutes, however, and Loyola was able to go up, 53-50, with 1:54 left on Pendleton's basket.

Mickel came right back with a three-pointer and two free throws.

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