Navy tops St. Bonaventure, 73-70

December 02, 1993|By Bill Tanton | Bill Tanton,Staff Writer

Coach Don DeVoe said it was the biggest win he has had in his two years as Navy's basketball coach.

Mids' sophomore Jim Hamilton said his 24-footer with three seconds left was the biggest shot of his life.

Result: Navy was able to fight off a determined St. Bonaventure comeback and upset the visitors from Olean, N.Y., 73-70.

Navy took a 5-2 lead 28 seconds into the game and never again trailed.

The Mids led by as many as 14 early in the second half, but the Bonnies charged back.

With 1:34 left, St. Bonaventure's David Vanterpool made two free throws to tie the score at 70.

With the final seconds ticking away, Navy freshman Scott Holden was controlling the ball under heavy defensive pressure, looking for someone to pass to, and began falling to the floor.

He managed to pass off to Hamilton, who hit nothing but net with his three-point jumper

In the final two seconds, the Bonnies' Nii Nelson-Richards heaved one from just inside midcourt. The ball bounded high off the top of the backboard, and Navy won. The Mids are 2-0; St. Bonaventure, which beat Navy in New York, 83-74, last year, is 1-1.

"This is by far my biggest win here," Navy's DeVoe said. "We couldn't have won a game like this last year.

"We only won eight games last year, and we beat nobody ahead of us in the Patriot League. I think the year's experience helped us. The players are getting used to what we're trying to do here.

"And we're still young. We didn't have a senior on the floor in the second half."

Hamilton was Navy's high scorer with 25 points.

T.J. Hall was next with 19 for the winners.

"When I saw Scott fall," Hamilton said, "I thought we'd lose possession and go into overtime.

"I really felt that if he could get it out to me for the shot, I'd make it."

For St. Bonaventure, the high scorer was Vanterpool from Montgomery Blair High in Silver Spring. He had 25 points. Harry Moore had 19.

Moore, a 6-foot-8 senior who is considered a pro prospect, had 30 points and seven rebounds against Navy last year. He got in early foul trouble last night and played only 23 minutes.

"Navy wanted it more than we did," said St. Bonaventure coach Jim Baron, who was once an assistant coach at Loyola College.

"Give Navy credit. They hit excellent shots. Our 22 turnovers were pivotal."

ST. BONAVENTURE -- Moore 6-11 6-8 19, McNeil 1-4 0-0 2, Hemelaer 0-0 1-2 1, Richards 3-11 3-6 11, Mance 2-6 0-0 4, Glidden 0-0 0-0 0, Shelton 0-0 0-0 0, Quackenbush 4-6 0--0 8, Vanterpool 8-15 8-10 25. Totals 24-53 18-27 70.

NAVY -- Butler 1-3 0-0 2, Hall 6-9 4-5 19, Norris 2-6 0-0 4, Torgrimson 1-1 0-1 3, Holden 3-6 0-1 7, Green 4-4 0-0 8, Hamilton 9-20 1-2 25, Mickel 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper 1-3 1-2 3, Kohnen 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 28-55 6-11 73.

Halftime -- Navy 33-25. 3-point goals -- St. Bonv., 4-9 (Moore 1-2, Richards 2-5, Mance 0-1, Vanterpool 1-1), Navy, 11-24 (Butler 0-1, Hall 3-4, Norris 0-1, Torgrimson 1-1, Holden 1-2, Hamilton 6-14, Mickel 0-1). Rebounds -- St. Bonv 32 (Vanterpool, Moore 6), Navy 34 (Norris 7). Assists -- St. Bonv. 9 (McNeil 4), Navy 18 (Holden 6). Total fouls -- St. Bonv. 19, Navy 22. Fouled out -- Mance, Norris. Technicals -- none. A -- 1,032.

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