Hooper's late surge boosts Navy, 61-60

His 8 points in final 2:06 fend off Div. III Gettysburg

College Basketball

December 14, 2003|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

What was supposed to be a breather on Navy's schedule turned into a dogfight as the Mids lost a 16-point second-half lead and had to battle to the final seconds to outlast Division III Gettysburg, 61-60, before 1,165 at Alumni Hall last night.

David Hooper scored eight points in the final 2:06, including a three-pointer that put Navy (1-5) ahead for good and helped it avoid its first 0-6 start. Hooper finished with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and George O'Garro added 10 points for the Mids.

Gettysburg's Kyle Jakobe (McDonogh) led all scorers with a career-high 25 points and sparked a furious second-half rally with a pair of NBA-range three-pointers. Jakobe scored eight straight Bullets points during one stretch, and his long three-pointer -- off the backboard -- trimmed what had been a 16-point Navy lead to 45-43 with 9:34 left.

Gettysburg (4-3) took its only lead at 53-51 with 2:27 left on Dami Oloruntoba's only field goal, but Hooper countered with a three-pointer 21 seconds later. He added a layup in transition and three free throws in the final 1:41 to give Navy a 59-55 advantage with 12 seconds left.

Sporting its sixth starting lineup in as many games, Navy appeared to take command with a 14-4 run midway through the first half that staked the Mids to a 31-19 halftime lead, their first of the season. Gettysburg had its share of open looks in the first half but was hurt by 27 percent shooting and 11 turnovers in the opening half.

But after Navy extended the lead to 37-21 early in the second half, Gettysburg stormed back. The Bullets shot 62 percent in the second half, as their crisp passing repeatedly found opening in the Navy defense. If Jakobe wasn't scoring from long range, center David Glaser (15 points) was working free down the lane.

Navy shot 38 percent in the second half and made just one of eight second-half three-pointers.

But for a Navy team that had endured five straight losses to open the season for just the second time, a win is a win.

"It's monumental," Navy coach Don DeVoe said of the victory. "Hooper stepped up tonight. He kept shooting the ball, he got rebounds and he made his free throws. Hooper was the man who obviously came to our rescue."

GETTYSBURG--Jakobe 8-10 5-8 25, Fromm 1-3 0-0 2, Glaser 5-15 4-4 15, Whelan 0-1 0-2 0, Brady 1-5 0- 0 2, Davis 1-3 0-0 2, Walker 1-1 0-0 2, McGlensey 2-4 2-2 6, Oloruntoba 1-6 0-0 2, Laratro 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 22-50 11-16 60. NAVY--O' Garro 4-6 2-2 10, Charles 4-10 0-4 8, Hooper 4-12 5-6 16, Ofori 3-12 0-0 6, Green 0-2 2-6 2, Fernandez 0-0 0-0 0, Boatner 0-0 1-2 1, White 1-1 0-0 2, Fannin 2-4 0-0 4, Higgins 1-2 2-3 4, Mergerson 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 22-55 12-23 61. Half: Navy 31-19. 3-point goals-- Gettysburg 5-15 (Jakobe 4-6, Fromm 0-1, Glaser 1-4, Brady 0-2, Davis 0-1, McGlensey 0-1). Navy 5-20 (O' Garro 0-1, Charles 0-3, Hooper 3-8, Ofori 2-7, Green 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds-- Gettysburg 32 (Glaser 10), Navy 37 (Hooper 11). Assists--Gettysburg 14 (Davis 5), Navy 10 (Green 3). Turnovers--Gettysburg 19, Navy 15. Total fouls-- Gettysburg 17, Navy 15. A--1,165.

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