Navy 71, Bucknell 67

January 11, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Kaleo Kina scored 25 points as the host Navy men won their first Patriot League opener in eight seasons by defeating Bucknell, 71-67, yesterday. Kina's free throw with five seconds to play iced the win after Bucknell had rallied from nine points down to within a point. Over the final 3:16, Navy (12-4, 1-0 league) shot 4-for-4 from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range to hold off Bucknell and win its fourth in a row. Navy led 55-46 with 5:45 left when Bucknell's G.W. Boon made back-to-back three-pointers and Darryl Shazier hit a jump shot for a 55-54 advantage with 3:45 to play. Adam Teague and Kina made three-pointers to push Navy's lead back to 61-56 with 2:23 left, but Bucknell (3-12, 0-1) rallied to within three points twice in the final minute. Navy remained unbeaten at home with the victory (8-0) and is 7-1 in games decided by five or fewer points. "I felt our poise down the end on both ends was great," Navy coach Billy Lange said. "I felt defensively tonight, we were very good." Chris Harris added 14 points for the Midshipmen, and Clif Colbert came off the bench to score 12 points and grab nine rebounds. Teague had 11 points and nine rebounds. Boon led Bucknell with 20 points, including 14 in the second half, and Shazier had 18 points.

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