Colgate's steals settle issue against Navy, DeVoe, 66-65

Raiders finally top Mids

coach remains at 499

College Basketball

February 14, 2002|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Navy's Don DeVoe will have to wait for another day to reach a coaching milestone.

The Midshipmen were on the verge of handing him his 500th career victory last night at Alumni Hall before a last-minute collapse enabled Colgate to pull out a 66-65 Patriot League squeaker.

The defeat erased any chance Navy had of gaining the top seed in the league tournament next month, since first-place American won to go three games ahead with three to play.

Two Raiders steals and two free throws by Bill Kern - his only points of the game - sealed the fate of Navy (10-16, 5-6), which had won 11 straight over Colgate (15-9, 6-5).

And, it was the first triumph in nine tries for former Navy assistant Emmett Davis over his onetime boss, though he didn't derive any particular satisfaction from it.

"I don't ever look forward to this game," said Davis, whose team won its 15th in 24 starts and clinched its first winning season since Adonal Foyle was dominating Patriot play.

"I have great respect for what coach DeVoe has done here and seen it from the inside. But I'm happy it didn't happen on my watch."

Navy had a 65-64 lead after Kwame Ofori capped a second comeback with a jumper. Two offensive rebounds by Mitch Moore kept the ball in the Midshipmen's hands after missed shots, but then Kern stole the ball at midcourt and hit the free throws after being fouled by Kyle Barker, who had to stop a layup.

On the final possession, Colgate played extremely tough defense and Navy's patterns were disrupted. Finally, Dave Hardy made the steal that gave the Raiders their sixth win in seven starts.

"We had the ball and the lead and didn't get a shot off," said DeVoe. "They bellied up with their defense and we got all jumbled up and got no shot. Defense wins games in the final analysis."

The Midshipmen did not exactly distinguish themselves in the first half, showing a disjointed attack that committed 15 turnovers and allowed the Raiders to establish an eight-point lead.

"We were a little out of control in the first half," said senior Demond Shepard, who was recruited by Davis. "That's probably what we needed to correct most.

"But then we got into a flow and had a surge [with Shepard scoring 12 of 14 points at one stage]. They stayed with it and did what they needed to do at the end."

The Midshipmen played without senior leader Jehiel Lewis, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, who suffered a concussion in the previous game when hit by an elbow in the face.

Shepard and Jason Jeanpierre had 14 points apiece for Navy, which is only 8-5 at Alumni Hall this season.

COLGATE-Campolieta 7-10 0-2 14, Blue 4-5 1-1 9, Hardy 2-5 7-10 11, Linebaugh 3-10 4-5 10, Kern 0-1 2-2 2, Ballard 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 2-3 0-0 4, Sullivan 3-7 0 -0 8, Tuohey 0-0 0-0 0, Shirley 0-1 0-0 0, Humphrey 0-0 0-0 0, Marek 3-5 0-0 8, Zidar 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-49 14-21 66. NAVY-Ebong 1-3 3-7 5, Moore 0-2 2-4 2, Ofori 3-7 3-4 10, Jeanpierre 6-10 2-2 14, Cummings 2-6 2-2 6, Shepard 4-7 5-5 14, McCreary 1-4 1-2 3, Charles 0-0 0-0 0, Long 1-2 0-0 2, S. Lewis 0-0 0-0 0, Bania 1-1 0-0 3, Barker 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 21-48 18-26 65. Halftime-Colgate, 40-32. 3-point Goals-Colgate 4-14 (Marek 2-3, Sullivan 2-4, Campolieta 0-1, Kern 0-1, Ballard 0-1, Hardy 0-2, Linebaugh 0-2), Navy 5-12 (Barker 2-3, Bania 1-1, Shepard 1-1, Ofori 1-2, , Cummings 0-2, Jeanpierre 0-3). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Colgate 26 (Blue 7), Navy 32 ( Ebong, Jeanpierre 6). Assists-Colgate 15 (Campolieta, Hardy 5), Navy 11 ( Jeanpierre, Shepard 3). Total Fouls-Colgate 22, Navy 18. A-1,949.

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