Reserves shoulder Navy load Bench accounts for 50 in 79-52 rout of Army

March 01, 1998|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Navy coach Don DeVoe said before yesterday's Patriot League tournament opener with Army that he would not hesitate to use his talented underclassmen if his veteran starters failed to get the job done early.

DeVoe stuck to his word, and Navy's reserves responded by accounting for 50 points in routing Army, 79-52, at Alumni Hall.

The Midshipmen (17-10, 10-2) will play Bucknell in this afternoon's semifinals. The Bison edged Holy Cross, 60-56.

Dominating the boards (55-27) and limiting Army to 31 percent shooting, the Midshipmen needed only a few offensive spurts to beat their arch-academy rivals for the 15th time in the past 16 meetings.

Two of DeVoe's rising young stars helped put the game away quickly.

High-leaping sophomore forward Sitapha Savane grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, and explosive plebe forward Chris Williams scored nine off the bench.

An 8-0 run early in the second half gave the Mids a 48-28 cushion, and the Cadets (8-19, 2-10) never drew closer than 14 the rest of the way.

So confident was DeVoe in his tenacious defense that he emptied his bench with more than nine minutes remaining.

The Navy starters scored only 29 points and shot a combined 11-for-26.

Senior forward Hassan Booker, the Mids' principal inside threat, got in early foul trouble and was limited to four points in nine minutes while committing six turnovers.

Senior point guard Michael Heary, the team scoring leader, continued to struggle offensively with five points in 21 minutes.

Of the starters, only 6-foot-11 junior center Josh Williams, who enjoyed a sizable advantage over his Army defenders, had a solid game with nine points and eight rebounds.

But DeVoe found plenty of offensive options on his bench.

"The length of our bench really paid off," said DeVoe, blessed with perhaps his deepest team in his six seasons in Annapolis.

Junior guard Skip Victor, who has recently been assigned to a sixth-man role, contributed 13 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes.

"When Victor came in the game, he changed the tempo," said DeVoe. "He made big plays offensively and defensively," DeVoe said of his best backcourt defender.

Victor carries five Master locks in his gym bag to every game to signify the type of defense he expects his team to play.

And the Mids managed to lock up all the Army shooters yesterday except for plebe Seth Barrett.

The rugged 6-5 forward used his strong post-up moves to keep Army in contention for the first 17 minutes.

He scored 13 of his team's first 23 points and the Cadets trailed by six.

But Matt Sladky and Heary sandwiched three-pointers around a Josh Williams layup for a 37-23 cushion.

Barrett added six points in the second half before fouling out with 8: 50 remaining.

He made nine of 13 field-goal attempts; the rest of the Cadets were 10-for-49.

But it was only keeping to form. Navy won all three encounters this season by more than 20 points.

In another quarterfinal game, Bucknell (13-14, 8-10) used the clutch free-throw shooting of junior Martin Gilliard (15 points) and the all-around play of sophomore Valter Karavanic to advance to the semifinals. John Hightower (14 points) led the losing Crusaders (7-20, 3-9).

In the other game, Mike Tilley's free throw with 3.9 seconds left lifted Colgate (10-17) over Lehigh (10-17), 84-83. Seth Schaeffer led Colgate with 23 points, including a tournament-record seven three-pointers. His three-pointer with 31 seconds left tied the game at 83.

ARMY -- Clark 2-8 0-1 4, Pearson 2-6 1-2 5, Barrett 9-13 1-3 19, Kwasniak 2-6 4-4 9, Crawford 1-4 0-0 2, Horn 2-9 0-0 4, Kyle 0-0 0-0 0, Dempsey 0-0 0-0 0, McFarland 0-0 0-1 0, Gurash 1-5 2-2 5, Tatum 0-7 2-2 2, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, Dunaway 0-2 0-0 0, Westfield 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 19-62 12-17 52.

NAVY -- Sladky 1-5 4-4 7, Booker 2-2 0-0 4, Josh Williams 4-8 1-4 9, Heary 2-7 0-0 5, Lookabill 2-4 0-0 4, Hickmon 0-5 0-0 0, Schuknecht 0-0 0-2 0, Smith 0-2 3 -4 3, Skipworth 2-3 0-0 4, Victor 5-10 3-3 13, Savane 1-4 3-5 5, C. Williams 4-6 1-2 9, John Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Reeder 2-3 4-6 8, Height 2-2 2-4 6. Totals 28-63 21-34 79.

Halftime--Navy 40-26. 3-point goals--Army 2-19 (Kwasniak 1-4, Gurash 1-4, Horn 0-5, Tatum 0-3, Clark 0-3), Navy 2-8 (Sladky 1-3, Heary 1-3, Victor 0-1, Hickmon 0-1). Fouled out--Barrett. Rebounds--Army 27 (Barrett, Pearson 5), Navy 55 (Savane 9). Assists--Army 10 (Kwasniak 4), Navy 15 (Heary 4). Total fouls--Army 27, Navy 18.

Patriot men's tournament

At Annapolis

Yesterday's first round

Navy 79, Army 52

Bucknell 60, Holy Cross 56

Colgate 84, Lehigh 83

Today's semifinals

Navy vs. Bucknell, 1: 30 p.m.

Lafayette vs. Colgate, 4 p.m.

Thursday's championship

Semifinal winners at higher seed, 4 p.m.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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