Navy outguns Army in Patriot quarterfinal

March 05, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Navy had fresher troops, more firepower and the home-court advantage.

The combination was too much for Army, and the Midshipmen scored a 96-84 victory last night in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament at Alumni Hall.

While beating the Cadets for the third time this season and second time in six days, top-seeded Navy (15-12) advanced to tonight's semifinal against defending Patriot titlist Holy Cross, which held off a late rally by fifth-seeded Bucknell for a 96-91 victory in a rematch of last year's championship game.

Navy swept fourth-seeded Holy Cross, 83-81, and 99-91 in overtime, this season and received the top seed because of it.

Guard Gordon Hamilton poured in tournament records of 37 points and six three-pointers and all five starters hit double figures for the Crusaders, who had a 23-point lead with 6:24 remaining.

Bucknell (10-18) roared back to within 94-89 with nine seconds to go, but two free throws by John Young finished it.

Navy was without senior guard Vic Mickel, considered the team's best backcourt defender, after he was suspended from the team because of administrative action by the academy.

That left it up to a committee to chase Army's primary outside threat, Mark Lueking, the league's third leading scorer. Although Lueking got 19 points, the group accomplished its mission.

"Vic has always been our stopper," said coach Don DeVoe. "We had to make some adjustments and the rest of the guys picked up the slack."

Army (7-20) accomplished only one of its three pre-game goals, shooting 52.6 percent from the field after hitting 36 percent against the Midshipmen during the season.

But Navy destroyed Army's intention to improve its defense in the post and keep the Midshipmen off the backboards.

"They did a nice job of pounding the ball inside," said Cadets coach Dino Gaudio. "We sagged in there. That's why we played Brian [Walker] the way we did."

Army gave Walker a lot of room to shoot from the perimeter, but the freshman guard was more interested in distributing the ball.

"I could have shot it just about every time," said Walker, who had 15 points while playing 19 minutes. "But I was trying to get it inside."

DeVoe had the luxury of resting his point man much of the second half because Ryan Torgrimson filled in well and T. J. Hall and Jim Hamilton kept filling the basket.

Hall finished with a game-high 30 points, collecting half of them at the free-throw line. Hamilton, who finished with 18 points, tied the previous tournament record with five three-pointers before Gordan Hamilton broke it several hours later.

The game was tied at 52 early in the second half when two three-pointers by Hamilton sent Navy on a 12-1 run that settled the victory.

With the lead, the Midshipmen threw even more defensive attention toward Lueking (5-for-17 from the field) and senior forward David Ardayfio.

Ardayfio frequently passed to Jason Wands, but still finished 7-for-7 from the field, with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

"Army made a battle of this game. They did what they do best. . . just fight," said DeVoe. "We just survived."

The victory was the 10th in 12 games for Navy.

ARMY -- Karabatsos 1-5 0-0 2, Wands 7-8 1-3 15, Ardayfio 7-7 7-11 21, Morris 7-16 2-2 17, Lueking 5-17 6-9 19, Irick 0-0 2-2 2, McNeilly 1-1 0-0 3, Hanes 0-0 1 -1 1, O'Neal 1-1 0-2 2, Revenaugh 0-0 0-0 0, Schwarz 1-1 0-0 2, Villas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-57 19-30 84.

NAVY -- M. Green 1-1 0-0 2, Cooper 5-8 0-4 10, Kohnen 2-3 0-0 4, Hall 7-15 15-19 30, Walker 6-13 2-3 15, Cougher 2-4 2-2 6, Ryan Torgrimson 1-1 4-5 6, Randy Torgrimson 1-2 1-2 3, L. Green 0-2 1-4 1, Hamilton 6-12 1-2 18, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 0-0 1-2 1, Holden 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-62 27-43 96.

Halftime-- Navy 42, Army 38. 3-point goals-- Army 5-20 (Lueking 3-7, Morris 1-7, Karabatsos 1-6 0-0, McNeilly 1-1), Navy 7-16 (Walker 1-3, Hall 1-3, Hamilton 5-10). Fouled out-- Lueking, Kohnen. Rebounds-- Army 35 (Ardayfio 9) , Navy 40 (Cougher 6). Assists-- Army 17 (Morris, Ardayfio 7), Navy 17 (Hall 4). Total

fouls-- Army 27, Navy 24. A--1,965.

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