From Sun staff reports
2:52 AM EST, January 21, 2013
The Navy men's basketball team went on a 12-0 run in the first half and led basically from start to finish in topping Army, 59-50, on Sunday at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y.
The win ended losing streaks of 16 games in the Patriot League and six overall for the Midshipmen, who improved their record to 7-12 overall and 1-2 in conference.
Army, which entered the game 6-1 at home, fell to 8-10 overall and 1-2 in league play.
The Navy win prevented the Black Knights from winning three straight games in the series for the first time since the mid-late 1970s.
Navy went 11-for-23 from 3-point range, getting trifectas from six players. Army, which entered the game shooting 35.3 percent from 3-point range, went just 2-for-20, including 0-of-12 in the second half.
"I'm really proud of our team. I thought we had great toughness, rebounded the ball well and got on the floor after loose balls. That is what we need to do to be successful," Navy coach Ed DeChellis said. "And we had some guys make some shots. To get 30 points off the bench is tremendous, and the bench really gave us a lift today. We aren't a potent offensive team, so we have to rebound and defend and make toughness plays to win."
Mids reserves shot 9-for-18 from the field and 7-for-12 on 3-pointers. Sophomore reserve Kevin Alter scored 14 points, including 4-for-5 shooting on 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
"Coming off last year with two tough losses, we just wanted some redemption," Alter said. "Coach said it all. We got all the 50-50 balls and that was a huge part of this game. We have seen it in spurts, but we played hard and tough for all 40 minutes."
Worth Smith led Navy with 16 points, one off his career high, with nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Delaware 76, Towson 44: The visiting Blue Hens (13-3, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association) got a season-high 38 points from Elena Delle Donne and scored 34 points off turnovers en route to a rout of the Tigers (6-10, 0-5).
The Tigers were led by junior guard Tanisha McTiller's 21 points and 10 rebounds. McTiller's doubledouble was her fourth since CAA play began Jan. 6 and fifth of the year.
Towson's Michelle Peebles matched her career-high with 17 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Siena 62, Loyola 52: With the game tied 45 with 9:23 remaining, the host Saints (7-10, 3-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) went on a 13-0 run over 7 minutes, 4 seconds to beat the Greyhounds (6-11, 1-5), who have lost four in a row.
Siena won its third straight game for the first time in two years and ended a five-game losing streak against Loyola, topping the Greyhounds for the first time in three seasons.
Lily Grenci led the Saints with 20 points.
Loyola, which played without MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Katie Sheahin for a second straight game.
Alyssa Sutherland and Tiffany Padgett each scored 13 for the Greyhounds, and Diana Logan added 12.
Army 53, Navy 42: The visiting Mids (9-9, 2-1 Patriot) shot just 36 percent from the field and allowed the Black Knights (14-4, 3-0) to connect on 46percent of their shots.
Junior Jade Geif led Navy with 12 points, and junior Alix Membreno added 11. points for the Mids. The duo was 8-for-16 from the field in the second half and accounted for 16 points in the half, while the rest of the Navy team scored just six points and was 2-for-10 from the field after halftime.
Navy at American
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
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