Out of cold, Navy steams Army, 76-49

Hot Mids don't wear down in winning 7th in 8 games

January 28, 2000|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Army's basketball team had to wait an extra day to get plowed under by archrival Navy.

While continuing their domination of men's athletics between the two academies, the Midshipmen didn't work up much of a sweat while rolling to a 76-49 victory at Alumni Hall last night.

The expected mismatch materialized. Navy -- which leads the overall series 55-35 -- has captured victories in 18 of the past 19 basketball meetings, losing only to the Cadets in the 1996 Patriot League tournament. Army's last regular-season win was in 1992.

Postponed a day because of treacherous road conditions after Tuesday's snow storm, the game pitted the highest scoring team in the league (Navy) against the lowest (Army), and both virtually lived up to their averages.

The contest began a stretch in which Navy (12-5, 3-1) plays eight of its next nine games at home while on a comfortable roll. The Midshipmen have won seven of their past eight.

Army (3-15, 1-4) simply couldn't find the firepower to combat the inside presence provided the Midshipmen by Sitapha Savane, Robert Reeder and later Mike Cunningham. The two centers and forward Reeder combined for 41 points and 17 rebounds. They helped Navy crush the Cadets on the backboards, 43-24.

"We've been on the road for 2 1/2 weeks, and it seemed a little strange to be playing at Alumni Hall," said Navy coach Don DeVoe. "We wanted to hold this team in the 40s. We did a good job of controlling the game from the defensive standpoint."

Navy committed 28 turnovers, mostly by trying to force the ball inside to the big men, but compensated by shooting 61 percent with John Williams (Broadneck) and Jason Jeanpierre supplying whatever perimeter shooting was necessary.

Those two also teamed up to track Army's leading scorer, Chris Spatola, who was 3-for-10 shooting.

After Jeanpierre's jumper five minutes into the game put Navy ahead, 7-6, the margin steadily widened until the Midshipmen were up 15 just before the half. Only Spatola's 35-footer that beat the buzzer carried Army to within 32-20 at intermission.

ARMY -- Barrett 1-2 0-0 2, Harrell 1-11 0-0 2, Glosier 4-7 0-0 8, Canty 0-0 0-0 0, Spatola 3-10 3-6 10, Schafer 0-0 0-0 0, Fredrick 0-1 0-0 0, Crockett 1-4 0-32, Stenoish 0-0 1-2 1, Woodruff 6-11 4-5 16, Clark 2-5 0-0 4, Rutledge 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 20-53 8-16 49.

NAVY -- C. Williams 0-4 2-2 2, Reeder 6-10 1-4 13, Savane 8-9 2-5 18, Skipworth 2-3 0-0 5, J. Williams 6-10 1-2 14, Windlan 0-0 0-0 0, Worthing 0-2 0-0 0, Jeanpierre 4-5 0-0 9, Ebong 0-1 0-0 0, McCreary 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 5-6 0-1 10, Nero 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Barker 0-0 0-0 0, Long 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 33-54 6-14 76.

Half--Navy, 32-20. 3-point goals--A 1-8 (Spatola 1-3, Clark 0-2, Harrell 0-1, Fredrick 0-1, Crockett 0-1); N 4-11 (Skipworth 1-1, Long 1-1. Jeanpierre 1-2, J.Williams 1-4, C. Williams 0-1, Worthing 0-2). Rebounds--A 24 (Glosier 5); N 43 (Reeder 8). Assists--A 11 (Spatola 3); N 20 (Skipworth 7). Technical fouls--Navy bench. Total fouls--A 16, N 19. A--3,689.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.