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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | October 14, 1998
The Naval Academy announced yesterday that junior forward Sitapha Savane has been suspended from playing in the team's two exhibition games and first two regular-season games for violating academy regulations.Projected as a starter, Savane, a native of Senegal, averaged 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds as a key reserve for the Midshipmen last season, when he was elected to the Patriot League All-Rookie team.Pub Date: 10/14/98
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | October 13, 2000
Navy's men's basketball team launches practice tomorrow as the preseason favorite to win the Patriot League championship without its centerpiece of last season, post man Sitapha Savane. Coach Don DeVoe appears well-positioned to register his fifth 20-win season in seven years with four senior starters back, including forward Chris Williams, the early choice as the Patriot League Player of the Year. DeVoe also knows the conference tournament will be in Annapolis this year. But the Midshipmen face a tougher schedule than last season.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 1, 2000
When Navy accelerates its defensive pressure, the result is usually bad news for an opponent. For five minutes at the end of the first half last night, William and Mary felt the sting of the Midshipmen's vice, succumbing to a 17-2 run that carried Navy to an 80-72 non-league victory in a physical game at Alumni Hall. The triumph was the ninth in the past 10 games for Navy (14-5), which suffered a scare near the finish when center Sitapha Savane crumbled to the floor after apparently hooking feet with a teammate.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2000
EASTON, Pa. -- History does not augur well for Navy. The host team has won the Patriot League men's basketball title in every season except the first since the final game shifted to the home court of the higher seed in 1993. Today, the Midshipmen strive to break that stranglehold at Lafayette College's Allan P. Kirby Center. Although both teams finished 11-1 during the regular season -- each spliting a game in their individual series -- and survived their early round tournament games, Lafayette received the home advantage by virtue of finishing with a better Rating Percentage Index than Navy.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1998
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Despite getting an 88-52 first-round thumping by North Carolina in the NCAA tournament, Navy coach Don DeVoe was upbeat about the future of his basketball team.Gone will be co-captains Hassan Booker and Michael Heary, the inside-outside duo that sparked the Midshipmen to two straight Patriot League titles, but it is the underclassmen who underline the coach's optimism."The way our season unfolded this year, we had some young players who stepped up and made me think we will be pretty solid next season," he said.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1998
After two straight Patriot League titles and automatic bids to the NCAA tournament, the Naval Academy has adopted a new motto this season: "It takes a team to build a dream.""We lost a lot of our leadership by graduation," said team captain Skip Victor, the MVP in last year's conference tourney. "And you can't replace a force like Hassan Booker. No one has that kind of desire."That's why we'll have to stress being more of a team this year, counting on 10 or 11 players to deliver. We've got a lot of talented young guys and I think we're more athletic than last year.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2000
Navy still hasn't found the offensive firepower coach Don DeVoe would like to see before Patriot League play opens next week, but the defense is doing just fine. Last night, the host Midshipmen rode their defensive pressure and center Sitapha Savane's intimidation inside to a 24-point lead and coasted past UMBC, 72-61, in a nonleague game not nearly as close as the final score. UMBC (4-6) committed 17 first-half turnovers, then made only two baskets in the first eight minutes of the second half to become Navy's eighth victim in its past nine games.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2000
Payback is not on Navy coach Don DeVoe's list of objectives for a basketball season, but, privately, he had to take great satisfaction in what happened at Alumni Hall yesterday. The Midshipmen didn't want to forget last March's horrendous loss to bottom-seeded Lehigh in the Patriot League tournament and played like they were on a mission. As a result, Navy bombarded Lehigh, 100-75, for its eighth victory in nine games and clearly regained control of a series it has dominated. Center Sitapha Savane led the assault with a career-high 27 points and Chris Williams -- who didn't start because he was slightly tardy for the game -- added 13. "From my perspective, I didn't want to make too big a deal out of the last game.
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By John Eisenberg | February 18, 1998
You know you aren't in the company of a typical college basketball player when Sitapha Savane starts talking about his future."I'd be very surprised if I'm not in politics," says Savane, a sophomore forward at Navy.Politics? Most players would tell you it's what goes on behind the scenes of the weekly Top 25 balloting.Savane, a citizen of Senegal, in West Africa, knows better. He was raised in a political family. His father is a member of Senegal's Parliament, after years as a leader of a left-wing opposition party.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1998
With a 12-day break for final exams before playing host to unbeaten Auburn, Navy enjoyed a 90-62 tuneup at the expense of Coast Guard last night.The Midshipmen (6-1) are off to their best start since 1983-84, when a gifted freshman named David Robinson led Navy to eight straight victories.Incidentally, the Mids' first loss that year came against Don DeVoe, the current Navy coach who was then coaching at Tennessee.DeVoe's major problem last night was directing the bench traffic as he did his best to keep from embarrassing the Division III Bears (2-4)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2000
In the long term, Sitapha Savane's objective is to become president of his native Senegal, an attainable aim for a young man who has gathered innumerable insights through the political activism of his family. He has already accomplished his short-term goal: to become chairman of the boards at the U.S. Naval Academy. And the chairman of shot rejections. And scoring. And, perhaps most importantly for his future, leadership. In his final season, the 6-foot-8 center has emerged as the undaunted point man for the Midshipmen, now 22-5 after an 0-3 start and plunging into the Patriot League tournament this weekend as a co-favorite to reach the NCAA tournament field.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2000
The Navy men's basketball season reaches its first peak tonight at Alumni Hall. With the regular-season title in the Patriot League and the postseason tournament's No. 1 seeding almost certainly at stake, the red-hot Midshipmen play host to conference-leading Lafayette, hoping to atone for their lone league loss and set up a furious race to the finish. Navy, 6-1 in the league, will be risking a six-game winning streak against 6-0 Lafayette, the defending league champion and preseason favorite to repeat.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 1, 2000
When Navy accelerates its defensive pressure, the result is usually bad news for an opponent. For five minutes at the end of the first half last night, William and Mary felt the sting of the Midshipmen's vice, succumbing to a 17-2 run that carried Navy to an 80-72 non-league victory in a physical game at Alumni Hall. The triumph was the ninth in the past 10 games for Navy (14-5), which suffered a scare near the finish when center Sitapha Savane crumbled to the floor after apparently hooking feet with a teammate.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2000
Payback is not on Navy coach Don DeVoe's list of objectives for a basketball season, but, privately, he had to take great satisfaction in what happened at Alumni Hall yesterday. The Midshipmen didn't want to forget last March's horrendous loss to bottom-seeded Lehigh in the Patriot League tournament and played like they were on a mission. As a result, Navy bombarded Lehigh, 100-75, for its eighth victory in nine games and clearly regained control of a series it has dominated. Center Sitapha Savane led the assault with a career-high 27 points and Chris Williams -- who didn't start because he was slightly tardy for the game -- added 13. "From my perspective, I didn't want to make too big a deal out of the last game.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2000
Navy still hasn't found the offensive firepower coach Don DeVoe would like to see before Patriot League play opens next week, but the defense is doing just fine. Last night, the host Midshipmen rode their defensive pressure and center Sitapha Savane's intimidation inside to a 24-point lead and coasted past UMBC, 72-61, in a nonleague game not nearly as close as the final score. UMBC (4-6) committed 17 first-half turnovers, then made only two baskets in the first eight minutes of the second half to become Navy's eighth victim in its past nine games.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 3, 1999
The Mount St. Mary's women's team rallied from a 13-point, second-half deficit to win its home opener, 83-77, over Coppin State last night at Knott Arena. The Eagles could muster just 17 points in the final 14 minutes, while the Mount scored 37 and shot 57 percent in the second half. Kiesha Brooks' game highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds were not enough for the Eagles. The Mount's Kia Williams was nearly unstoppable, going 11-for-14 from the floor for 26 points and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2000
The Navy men's basketball season reaches its first peak tonight at Alumni Hall. With the regular-season title in the Patriot League and the postseason tournament's No. 1 seeding almost certainly at stake, the red-hot Midshipmen play host to conference-leading Lafayette, hoping to atone for their lone league loss and set up a furious race to the finish. Navy, 6-1 in the league, will be risking a six-game winning streak against 6-0 Lafayette, the defending league champion and preseason favorite to repeat.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 5, 1999
The last time Navy's basketball team traveled to Europe for a preseason tour, good things followed."Four years ago, we went to Finland and Sweden with a lot of a promising sophomore class that would really take off," said coach Don DeVoe. "We came back and won two Patriot League championships as juniors and seniors."DeVoe is hoping history repeats after the Midshipmen undergo a 10-day, seven-game tour of France and Italy beginning tomorrow.The tour, which opens in Paris and ends in Rome, will be a first-time experience for everyone on the roster except center Sitapha Savane, a native of Senegal.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 5, 1999
The last time Navy's basketball team traveled to Europe for a preseason tour, good things followed."Four years ago, we went to Finland and Sweden with a lot of a promising sophomore class that would really take off," said coach Don DeVoe. "We came back and won two Patriot League championships as juniors and seniors."DeVoe is hoping history repeats after the Midshipmen undergo a 10-day, seven-game tour of France and Italy beginning tomorrow.The tour, which opens in Paris and ends in Rome, will be a first-time experience for everyone on the roster except center Sitapha Savane, a native of Senegal.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | February 8, 1999
Navy basketball coach Don DeVoe prepared the perfect pre-game speech yesterday to snap his team out of the shooting doldrums that hurt the Midshipmen in successive road losses at Bucknell and Lafayette."
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