Haase, Navy fall short in 67-57 loss to Colgate

February 11, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

For about six minutes in the second half, Navy's John Haase could do no wrong.

The senior captain came off the bench to score 13 points in a six-minute stretch and help bring Navy within one point with 9:00 left to play.

But that was as close as the Midshipmen would get.

Colgate extended its lead to four with less than six minutes to play and went on to beat Navy, 67-57, last night at Halsey Field House in a Patriot League matchup.

"John Haase deserves a lot of credit for bringing this team into the game," Navy coach Don DeVoe said. "He did some perimeter shooting and made some good penetration drives. But obviously you look at the total game, and one man can't do everything as far as scoring is concerned."

"When I come in I hope I can be a sort of spark," said Haase, who scored all of his game-high 19 points in the second half. "[When I came in] I was trying to stick to our game plan and work the ball inside."

Navy (7-13, 5-5) closed within five on Billy Butler's three-pointer with 1:21 left but the Red Raiders (13-8, 6-4) made 9-for-12 from the free-throw line in the last two minutes to hold off Midshipmen.

The Midshipmen put themselves in a hole in the first half, shooting only 26.1 percent from the field (6-for-23). Leading scorer Wes Cooper (12.5 points per game) was held scoreless in the opening half and finished with four.

"Our defense in the first half was pretty good and set the tone for us," Colgate coach Jack Bruen.

Navy went 11:30 without making a field goal and turned the ball over 13 times, but still trailed by only seven points at the half.

"[Colgate] took away all over our inside scoring in the first half, and we didn't get many second-chance opportunities," DeVoe said.

Colgate reserve center Jason Whatley sealed off Navy's inside shooting with a game-high six blocks.

Mickel's three-pointer with 14:15 left in the first half tied the score at 10. The Red Raiders then outscored the Midshipmen 14-4, with Navy's points coming on foul shots by Norris and Ryan Torgrimson.

With 2:37 left in the half, freshman Alex Kohnen's three-point play brought the Midshipmen within 24-17. The Red Raiders held onto the lead and were up 27-20 at the half.

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