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 during the six minutes to help bring Navy within one point with 9:00 left to play.

But that was as close as the Midshipmen would come to avenging an overtime loss to the Red Raiders on Jan. 16. 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 the Patriot League.

Navy (7-13, 5-5) has not beaten a team with a winning record this season.

"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 closed within five on Billy Butler's three-pointer with 1:21 left but the Red Raiders made nine of 12 free throws in the last two minutes to hold off the Midshipmen.

Tucker Neale, who leads Colgate in scoring at 19.8 points per game, finished with 15. The Red Raiders (13-8, 6-4) were led by Darren Brown's 18 points.

The loss drops Navy into fifth place. Colgate moves into sole possession of fourth.

The Midshipmen dug themselves into 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 by Colgate in the first half and finished with four.

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

Navy went 11:30 in the first half without making a field goal and committed 13 turnovers.

"[Colgate] took away all of our inside scoring in the first half and we didn't get many second-chance opportunities," DeVoe said. "Turnovers and poor shooting really did us in."

Colgate reserve center Jason Whatley sealed off Navy's inside shooting and had a game-high six blocks. The Red Raiders had 15 steals and only committed 13 turnovers.

Victor 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 freshmen James Norris and Ryan Torgrimson.

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

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