Navy ends 3-game skid, 78-63

February 16, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Yesterday was Presidents' Day, but it was a day the Presidents of Washington & Jefferson probably soon would like to forget.

Navy's men's basketball team broke a three-game losing streak -- four straight at home -- by defeating Washington & Jefferson, 78-63, at Halsey Field House.

"We really tried to go inside on this team," said Navy first-year coach Don DeVoe, after watching his Midshipmen improve to 8-14 overall, 5-6 in the Patriot League. "They don't have the good fortune of having any big guys, so we put an emphasis on taking the ball to the basket. I thought Wes [Cooper] responded well inside, Larry [Green] made some encouraging plays and Alex [Kohnen] made a couple real nice plays for us."

Both sides got off to slow starts, combining for only five points in the first seven minutes.

Consecutive three-pointers from Billy Butler and Victor Mickel initiated an 18-0 run for the Mids and a pair of free throws by Kohnen gave Navy an 18-2 lead with 9:39 left in the half.

Washington & Jefferson, a Division III school from Washington, Pa., in the western part of the state, looked out of its league in the first half, scoring only two points in the opening 10:29 before junior Mark Johnson ended the Presidents' drought with a baseline jumper.

Navy took advantage of nine turnovers by the visitors, and the Mids hit 15 of 29 field goals to secure a 40-22 halftime lead.

Washington & Jefferson (9-10) appeared to have found its range in the second half as it cut the lead to 13 just 2:28 into the period.

The Presidents closed within 12, 53-41, at the 11:12 mark, but that was as close as they would get with Navy's front court controlling the offensive and defensive boards, as well as the scoreboard.

The Mids, who beat the Presidents, 74-72, in their last meeting in 1982, took their biggest lead, 67-45, on a three-pointer by Michael Burd.

Cooper led the Mids with 16 points, followed by Green and Burd with 10 points each and Kohnen with nine. Terry Wilkins led the Presidents with a game-high 19 points.

"I was not pleased with the way we played in the second half because we never really did expand the margin," said DeVoe. "We were able to make enough plays to hang on, but if we hadn't had that run in the first half, this would have been a very close basketball game."

WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON -- Rogers 0-1 0-0 0, Colbert 0-0 0-0 0, Mauser 0-0 1-2 1, Ma. Johnson 2-10 5-6 9, Carroll 1-4 0-0 3, Mar. Johnson 7-10 1-1 16, Bonner 4-8 0-1 9, Taylor 1-4 0-0 3, Coury 0-0 0-0 0, Lind 0-0 0-0 0, Petri 1-4 0-0 2, Wilkins 7-11 4-6 18, Scierka 1-3 0-0 2, Spires 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 11-16 63.

NAVY -- Butler 3-6 0-0 7, Hamilton 0-1 2-3 2, Norris 1-1 1-2 3, Burd 3-7 2-2 10, Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 2-5 2-3 6, Green 5-9 0-0 10, Haase 4-8 -=- 8, Mickel 2-6 1-2 7, Cooper 7-13 2-7 16, Kohnen 3-7 3-4 9. Totals 30-63 13-23 78.

Halftime--Navy 40-22. 3-point goals--WJ 4-12 (Ma. Johnson 0-3, Carroll 1-2, Mar. Johnson 1-3, Bonner 1-1, Taylor 1-2, Wilkins 0-1); N 5-12 (Butler 1-2, Burd 2-3, Haase 0-2, Mickel 2-4). Rebounds--WJ 24 (Ma. Johnson 6); N 49 (Cooper 12). Assists--WJ 18 (Colbert 6); N 23 (Mickel 5). Total fouls--WJ 16; N 16. Fouled out--none. Technicals--none. A--532.

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