Navy cooks again at home, romps past Coastal Carolina

90-71 win is Mids' fifth in 6 games at academy

January 03, 2002|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Home has been where the wins reside for the Navy basketball team.

That point was driven home again last night when the Midshipmen concluded a perfect three-game Alumni Hall stand with a 90-71 victory over Coastal Carolina before 1,530.

Navy's only loss in six games in Annapolis was to a strong Ohio University team; otherwise the team is 0-7.

"It helped to have this team get back here and regroup after three losses in Hawaii," Navy coach Don DeVoe said. "It makes all the difference in terms of confidence.

"Now, we've got to prove we can win a game on the road. We've got to step up and find a way to control the tempo and prevail."

Coastal Carolina (2-9) is an up-tempo team that likes to run and gun. That preference worked for about eight minutes before Navy began controlling the boards and dominating inside against a much smaller opponent.

Mitch Moore came off the bench for the Midshipmen to collect a career-high 22 points and compensate for the struggles of center Francis Ebong, who played only 12 minutes.

"They didn't have anybody who could consistently challenge me in the paint," said Moore, a 6-foot-9 junior. "I could do what I needed to."

Navy (5-8) took command of the game with a dunk on the break by Jeff Charles and outscored the Chanticleers 22-6 during the final nine minutes of the first half.

Packed into that streak were 15 free-throw attempts and the Midshipmen hit 12 of them to pull away. The margin grew to as many as 22 points twice and Navy used its superior bench strength and rebounding to remain in charge.

Coastal Carolina is playing without the Big South Conference Player of the Year Torrey Butler (Mount St. Joseph), who was redshirted after a knee injury, and Anthony Susnjara, who was suspended for this game after being involved in an altercation against The Citadel.

"They have a couple missing, but that happens in the course of a season," DeVoe said. "Sometimes, you catch teams when they're not healthy."

Point guard Demond Shepard contributed a career-high 18 points and team-high six rebounds for Navy, thriving in the transition game.

"We look to attack, but they like it even faster," he said of the Chanticleers, who have lost six of their past seven games and are 0-7 on the road.

"It got to be an up-and-down game, but once we slowed it down some we started to control it. We're a control kind of team."

"Shepard played great," DeVoe said. "After about eight minutes we kind of stabilized. When we started taking advantage of our size, it turned the tide."

Forward Derrick Robinson led Coastal Carolina with 18 points and Antonio Darden (Randallstown) was one of three others in double figures.

COASTAL CAROLINA-Coggins 2-7 0-0 5, Robinson 6-15 6-6 18, Nagel 2-3 2-4 6, Green 4-9 6-6 15, Newby 5-15 2-2 15, Reinders 0-1 0-0 0, Durovic 0-2 0-0 0, Sauers 0-0 1-2 1, Horne 0-0 0-0 0, Darden 4-9 2-3 11. Totals 23-60 19-23 71. NAVY-J.Lewis 5-9 0-2 11, Nero 2-5 0-1 4, Ebong 1-4 1-2 3, Jeanpierre 2-6 1-3 5, Shepard 4-9 10-11 18, Fernandez 0-0 0-0 0, McCreary 1-1 0-0 2, Charles 2-2 0-0 4, Long 1-2 2-2 5, S. Lewis 2-3 0-0 4, Mathews 0-0 0-0 0, Barker 3-11 5-5 12, Moore 8-11 6-8 22. Totals 31-63 25-34 90. Halftime- Navy, 44-31. 3-point goals - Coastal Carolina 6-19 ( Newby 3-8, Green 1-1, Darden 1-2, Coggins 1-3, Durovic 0-1, Robinson 0-4), Navy 3-7 (Long 1-1, J. Lewis 1-2, Barker 1-4). Fouled out - Nagel, J.Lewis. Rebounds- Coastal Carolina 33 (Nagel 8), Navy 43 (Shepard 6). Assists- Coastal Carolina 14 (Robinson 6), Navy 15 (Moore, J.Lewis 4). Total fouls - Coastal Carolina 24, Navy 22. A- 1,530.

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