Staying with Navy is too tall an order for Shoremen, 95-66

Bigger Mids pound boards and Washington College

December 19, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Navy's men weren't particularly sharp last night, but they still had more than enough to register their first basketball laugher of the season.

Grossly undersized and hampered additionally by poor three-point accuracy, Division III Washington College proved no match for the Midshipmen, who romped to a 95-66 victory before 1,051 fans at Alumni Hall.

It was the second straight win for Navy (2-5) over a Division III foe and, by far, the team's highest point total of the season.

The Shoremen started no player taller than 6 feet 3 and the Midshipmen often played volleyball on their offensive backboard to overcome their shoddy ball handling (32 turnovers). Washington (3-3), which relies heavily on three-point shots, couldn't offset the rebounding disadvantage because the long-range attempts weren't falling on a 2-for-23 night.

"We had a simple game plan: take advantage of our size," said Navy coach Don DeVoe. "We had a game that served a purpose. Maybe the confidence we gained really helped us."

Freshman Carlton Baldwin set career highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Jeff Charles equaled his career high with 19 points and Laramie Mergerson and George O'Garro also reached all-time bests (12 each).

"Coach just kept telling us to pound the ball inside and that's what we did," said Mergerson.

The victory may have come at a price for the Midshipmen. Starting point guard Kwame Ofori went down with a shoulder injury after a collision on a fast break and his status after the game was undetermined.

"We're still a team trying to find an identity," said DeVoe. "We turned the ball over way too much and they got to the free-throw line more than us. That's disappointing. We get into too much of a rush sometimes and have to find a way to settle down."

Jonathan Webb, Washington's tallest starter, had 21 points and David Horvath added 15.

WASHINGTON COLLEGE - Webb 10-18 1-2 21, Horvath 5-16 3-4 15, Stem 4-8 1-2 9, Gentile 2-6 4-4 8, Abbate 0-4 2-2 2, Jo. Alexander 0-6 4-8 4, Je. Alexander 1 1-2 1, Hill 1-2 0-0 2, Howanski 0-1 0-0 0, Mury 0-0 0-0 0, Marshburn 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Nielsen 0-1 0-0 0, Blumenthal 0-0 0-0 0, Breslin 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 24-65 16-24 66. NAVY - Green 1-3 1-1 3, O'Garro 4-4 4-5 12, Charles 9-11 0-0 19, Hooper 2-7 1-2 5, Ofori 2-4 1-2 5, Fernandez 1-1 0-0 3, Boatner 1-4 0-0 2, Rhoiney 0-0 0-0 0, White 1-2 2-3 4, Knapp 2-3 0-1 4, Fannin 0-3 1-2 1, Higgins 3-4 1-2 7, Onyekanne 1-3 0-0 2, Baldwin 8-16 0-2 16, Mergerson 6-11 0-0 12. Team 41-76 11-20 95. Half: Navy 44-34. 3-point goals-Washington 2-23 (Webb 0-3, Horvath 2-7, Stem 0-2, Gentile 0-3, Abbate 0-3, Alexander 0-3, Hill 0-1, Howanski 0-1). Navy 2-7 (Charles 1-1, Hooper 0-2, Fernandez 1-1, Boatner 0-3). Rebounds- Washington 31 (Webb 5), Navy 56 (Baldwin 11). Assists- Washington 14 (Gentile 5), Navy 22 (Green, Hooper, Ofori, Boatner, Rhoiney 3). Turnovers - Washington 28, Navy 32. Total fouls-Washington 22, Navy 30. A-1,051.

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