Mids drop DeVoe's final home game, 76-47

Holy Cross too strong as losing streak hits 13

College Basketball

February 23, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Don DeVoe coached his final game at Alumni Hall yesterday, one that was far different from his early days at Navy but much too similar to the recent ones.

The Navy offense found more problems in its final Patriot League home game, scoring a season-low 11 points in the first half. That helped Holy Cross ruin DeVoe's last home game as the Crusaders handed the Midshipmen their 13th straight loss, 76-47.

DeVoe announced earlier this month that he would retire from coaching Navy after this season. His 182 victories rank third in school history, and DeVoe's teams also have won five Patriot League regular-season titles plus three tournament championships.

But the Mids won a total of only 18 games in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and are now 3-22 overall and 0-12 in the Patriot League this season, having last won on Jan. 3 with a 58-54 decision over Loyola.

"I tell the kids before every game that I think they can win," DeVoe said. "When you've had eight weeks of non-winning, which is where we are right now, I'm not sure they're hearing and processing what I'm saying."

Holy Cross (11-14, 5-7) simply dominated yesterday's game with large advantages in height, size and speed. The Crusaders finished with 14 steals, 11 blocks and forced 16 Navy turnovers.

Kevin Hamilton, Jave Meade and Keith Simmons each had a team-high 13 points for Holy Cross. In addition, Meade handed out nine assists and Hamilton made six steals as the Crusaders shut down Navy's inside game and forced the Mids to shoot only 16 percent in the first half (5-for-32).

The school honored DeVoe and the outgoing seniors in a post-game ceremony. DeVoe said how proud he was of the way the Mids kept working this season despite the tough losses, and is hoping for something good in the conference tournament.

"We all have lots of respect for Coach, and we feel like we've let him down sometimes," said Navy's David Hooper, who finished with a team-high 10 points. "That's tough for a player."

HOLY CROSS-Hurley 2-2 2-4 6, Lufkin 1-3 3-4 5, Hamilton 4-11 3-6 13, Meade 4-9 3-4 13, Kinsey 1-5 0-2 2, Thomas 2-4 1-2 6, Simmons 4-6 3-4 13, Brault 0-1 0-0 0, Young 2-5 3-6 7, Hyland 3-4 2-5 8, Smiley 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 24-54 20-37 76.

NAVY-Charles 0-0 0-0 0, Baldwin 4-13 1-2 9, Fernandez 0-4 0-0 0, Ofori 1-5 0-0 2, Mathews 3-6 0-0 7, Hooper 4-6 0-0 10, Boatner 0-1 0-0 0, Green 1-6 0-0 2, O'Garro 2-6 0-0 4, Fannin 1-6 1-2 3, Higgins 2-4 0-0 5, Onyekanne 1-6 1-1 3, Deane 0-1 2-2 2, Hudson 0-2 0-0 0, Mergerson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-68 5-7 47.

Halftime-Holy Cross, 33-11. Three-point goals-Holy Cross 8-15 (Hamilton 2-3, Meade 2-4, Kinsey 0-1, Thomas 1-2, Simmons 2-3, Brault 0-1, Smiley 1-1), Navy 4-11 (Fernandez 0-1, Ofori 0-1, Mathews 1-3, Hooper 2-3, Green 0-1, Higgins 1-1, Deane 0-10. Rebounds- Holy Cross 48 (Young, Meade 8), Navy 44 (Baldwin 9). Assists-Holy Cross 20 (Meade 9), Navy 13 (Hooper 4). Total fouls-Holy Cross 10, Navy 23. A- 2,371.

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