Navy fails to find range

Mids make just 4 of 22 three-pointers as Georgetown rolls

Georgetown 65 Navy 44

College Basketball

December 24, 2006|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Sun reporter

WASHINGTON -- If Navy could have made a shot here and there in the early stages of yesterday's game, the Midshipmen might have had a chance to spring a major upset on the road against Georgetown.

But the Mids, who hustled all game, attacked the rim on offense and rebounded effectively for a while, gradually faded away against the bigger, quicker Hoyas - especially 6-foot-9 junior forward Jeff Green - and the result was a 65-44 defeat before 7,143 at Verizon Center.

Give the Mids (9-4) credit for hanging around as long as they did. Their 2-3 matchup zone bothered the Hoyas initially, and Navy's solid pressure defense and 11 steals were indicative of its energy. But, by shooting just 4-for-22 from three-point range, including 1-for-12 in the first half, Navy failed to make Georgetown (9-3) pay for a sluggish first-half showing.

Green, who led all scorers with 20 points, awakened Georgetown after drawing a technical foul with 7:28 left in the first half. Green scored the Hoyas' next eight points to give Georgetown a 25-17 lead with 3:26 left in the half.

The Hoyas, who led wire-to-wire, took a 33-23 halftime lead, then spent the final 10 minutes building on a double-digit lead, with Green and 7-2 junior center Roy Hibbert sealing the contest down low. Hibbert finished with 15 points, the pair combined for 16 rebounds, and the Hoyas out-rebounded Navy in the second half 21-3. Georgetown also never wavered at the free-throw line, making 23 of 27 attempts.

Junior guard-forward Greg Sprink led Navy with 16 points. Sophomore guard Kaleo Kina and sophomore forward Adam Teague each scored nine.

"I was very proud of our guys' effort," Navy coach Billy Lange said. "I thought we played hard, I thought we were tough, I thought we played together. There was no quit. We just picked the wrong night to have our worst shooting night of the season."

The Mids, who dress only one senior and three juniors and make a living behind the three-point line, were averaging just under 10 threes per game before yesterday. They missed their first 11 attempts before Sprink finally broke the spell with 4:44 left in the first half.

That cut the Georgetown lead to 23-17, but Navy would not get closer to catching the Hoyas.

With Green and Hibbert setting the tone, the Hoyas asserted their size advantage in the second half. Green made a layup and a slam for a 42-31 lead. Hibbert later followed with an offensive rebound and layup, a blocked shot and two free throws to put Georgetown in control at 48-33 with 9:19 to play.

Navy, which shot just 31.3 percent overall and went to the foul line only twice in the second half, had no answer.

"We did start off slow," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "Both teams didn't score for long stretches. The good thing is, at the [defensive] end, we were getting stops."gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

NAVY-Sprink 4-11 6-6 16, Johnson 3-6 0-0 6, Stanton 1-8 0-0 2, Kina 4-9 1-2 9, Teague 2-6 3-4 9, Young 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Colbert 0-0 0-0 0, Brigham 0-1 0-0 0, Topercer 0-1 0-0 0, Richards 1-3 0-0 2, White 0-0 0-0 0, Fenske 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-48 10-12 44. GEORGETOWN-Wallace 1-6 2-2 4, Summers 0-5 6-6 6, Sapp 2-6 2-2 8, Green 8-12 4-5 20, Hibbert 4-6 7-8 15, Macklin 0-0 0-0 0, Rivers 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 1-4 1-2 3, Spann 0-0 0-0 0, Ewing Jr. 1-2 0-0 3, Egerson 2-3 1-2 6. Totals 19-44 23-27 65. Half-Georgetown, 33-23. 3-point goals-Navy 4-22 (Sprink 2-6, Teague 2-6, Johnson 0-1, Brigham 0-1, Kina 0-3, Stanton 0-5), Georgetown 4-16 (Sapp 2-5, Ewing Jr. 1-1, Egerson 1-1, Green 0-1, Wallace 0-1, Crawford 0-3, Summers 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Navy 18 (Kina, Richards, Sprink 3), Georgetown 41 (Green 9). Assists-Navy 8 (Kina 3), Georgetown 11 (Wallace 5). Total fouls-Navy 23, Georgetown 16. A-7,143.

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