Navy stifles Foyle, rolls to 79-56 win over Colgate Nation's top rebounder held to 5 against Mids

February 06, 1997|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Adonal Foyle cannot forget his basketball baptism as a young teen-ager playing in his native island of Canouan in the Grenadines.

As Foyle recalled recently, "I got a rebound, put the ball under my arm and ran down the court. I was totally humiliated."

Colgate's All-America center, who is certain to be a lottery pick when he graduates in 1998, suffered another major embarrassment in Annapolis last night as Navy trounced the Red Raiders, 79-56, before a roaring crowd of 3,428.

It lifted the Midshipmen (14-8, 6-2) into a three-way tie with Colgate and Bucknell for the Patriot League lead with four games left on the conference schedule.

Foyle, who entered the game ranked first in the country in rebounding (13.8) and blocked shots (6.6) and second in scoring (26.0) looked all too human this time. The 6-foot-10 junior finished with 15 points, five rebounds and a career-tying 12 blocks.

But six of Foyle's points came in garbage time after Navy had rolled to a commanding 63-34 with just over nine minutes remaining. And Foyle was actually out-rebounded by Navy's 5-foot-8 point guard Brian Walker, 9-5.

"This had to be the worst game of Adonal's college career," said Colgate coach Jack Bruen. "It doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

"It was obvious Navy was going to foul him every time he got the ball down low. He got very frustrated, especially after making only three of 13 free throws. And our guards just didn't do a good job getting him the ball."

Navy coach Don DeVoe, who watched Foyle score 28 and grab 17 rebounds in their first conference meeting, Jan. 11, which Colgate won, 64-60, used a five-man platoon against the Raiders' leader. At different times, he was guarded by Mike Palumbo, Hassan Booker, Josh Williams, Josh Height and Seth Schuknecht.

"We weren't going to let him get any easy shots," said Booker.

Navy scoring leader Michael Heary again led the way with 21 points, but DeVoe got 39 points from his reserves, led by Matt Sladky with 10.

"This was probably the best team victory we've had since I've been here," said DeVoe in his fifth season at the Academy. "Walker stabilized our offense and Heary and the rest of the guys knocked down most of our open shots."

Navy also dominated Colgate on the boards, 61-26. The Mids had as many offensive rebounds (16) as the Raiders had defensive rebounds.

COLGATE -- Foyle 6-16 3-13 15, Schaeffer 4-9 2-2 12, Gordon 0-2 2-2 2, Scott 1-2 2-3 4, Wandtke 0-0 0-0 0, Lynch 0-0 0-2 0, Tilley 1-2 0-0 2, Diamond 0-0 2-2 2, Clements 1-2 2-2 4, Waysville 0-0 2-2 2, Bollin 3-7 0-0 7, Wiswall 1-8 1-4 3, Felts 1-2 1-3 3. Totals 18-50 17-35 56.

NAVY -- Booker 5-11 0-0 10, Green 2-6 0-0 4, Palumbo 1-3 0-0 2, Heary 8-13 2-3 21, Walker 1-6 0-0 2, Hickmon 3-5 2-3 8, Sladky 4-7 2-2 10, Smith 0-1 2-2 2, Schuknecht 2-5 0-0 6, Williams 2-5 1-2 5, Height 3-5 0-0 6, Victor 1-2 0-0 2, Lookebill 0-1 0-0 0, Fletcher 0-0 1-2 1, Wall 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-71 10-14 79.

Halftime--Navy 39-30. 3-point goals-- Colgate 3-11 (Bollin 1-1, Felts 0-1, Schaeffer 2-7, Tilley 0-1, Clements 0-1), Navy 5-15 (Booker 0-1, Heary 3-8, Schuknecht 2-3, Sladky 0-1, Height 0-1, Wall 0-1). Fouled out -- None. Rebounds--Colgate 26 (Bollin 7), Navy 61 (Booker 10). Assists--Colgate 6 (Gordon 2), Navy 22 (Walker 8). Total fouls--Colgate 19, Navy 27. A--3,428.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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