Another night of pain for Navy: 60-59 loss

Mids' Baldwin scores 28, but Colgate pulls out win

February 21, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Despite coming back from an 18-point deficit in the second half behind the effort of freshman center Carlton Baldwin, host Navy fell short, 60-59, against Colgate last night.

It was the 12th straight defeat for the Midshipmen, who have been hoping to get a win in one of their final two home games for Don DeVoe - who announced his retirement as Navy coach earlier this month - and are still looking for their first win in the Patriot League this season.

Seemingly paying rent at the free-throw line in the second half, Baldwin hit 12 of 15 shots from the line. He scored 24 of his 28 points after halftime.

"We rode the hand of a player who had been a 50 percent free throw shooter," DeVoe said. "He had their entire front line in foul trouble."

One of Baldwin's free shots with 4:47 left tied the game at 47 for Navy (3-21, 0-11 Patriot), heady stuff for a team that spent 24:43 of the game playing out of a double-digit hole.

But the Mids were spent at that point. Colgate (12-12, 4-7) responded over the next minute, getting consecutive baskets from Howard Blue and Mark Linebaugh, and did just enough to keep victory from Navy.

"Winning begets winning and losing begets losing," said DeVoe, whose team had 22 turnovers. "We haven't won enough to gain the confidence to make the big plays."

More often, losing causes play like that displayed by the Mids in the first half. Navy committed 17 first-half turnovers and shot 30 percent from the field on the way to a 31-18 deficit.

But while the Raiders expanded their lead to 36-18 on a jump shot by Andrew Zidar with 17:46 remaining, they didn't play particularly well - 20 turnovers - and left the door open for Navy and Baldwin.

Baldwin, 6 feet 6, scored 16 of the team's final 19 points, reflecting Navy's emphasis on inside play and reversing a batch of close misses in the first half.

"We were working on post positioning for three days straight," said Baldwin, who played at Patuxent High. "I just followed the instructions, and I followed them to success."

Matt Fannin had 11 points for Navy, and Leonard Green finished with 10.

COLGATE-Ke. Chones 4-12 2-2 10, Williams 3-4 0-0 7, Zidar 4-7 1-1 9, Linebaugh 3-9 5-7 11, Reed 4-9 2-5 12, Blue 1-3 2-4 4, Gentile 1-1 0-1 3, Ky. Chones 0-0 0-0 0, Knight 0-1 0-0 0, Foss 0-3 0-0 0, Simon 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 21-51 13-21 60. NAVY-Green 3-6 2-2 10, Higgins 0-3 0-1 0, Onyekanne 0-5 0-0 0, Fannin 5-7 1-2 11, Boatner 0-2 0-0 0, Fernandez 1-1 0-2 2, Hooper 0-4 0-0 0, Ofori 0-01 0-0 0, Mathews 1-3 2-2 4, Baldwin 8-17 12-15 28, Mergerson 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 19-52 19-24 59. Half: Colgate 31-18. 3-point goals: Colgate 5-14 (Williams 1-2, Zidar 1-1, Linebaugh 0-4, Reed 2-5, Blue 0-0, Gentile 1-1, Simon 0-1) Navy 2-7 (Green 2-2, Boatner 0-1, Higgins 0-1, Hooper 0-1, Ofori 0-1, Mathews 0-1). Fouled out: Blue, Colgate. Rebounds: Colgate 32 (Ke. Chones 9), Navy 40 (Green 10). Assists: Colgate 13 (Blue 4), Navy 11 (Mathews 7). Turnovers: Colgate 20, Navy 22. Total fouls: Colgate 23, Navy 20. A: 2,660,

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