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State hoops: Lehigh men rout Navy, end 3-game slide

Lehigh Mountain Hawks

B.J. Bailey scored 17 points, and Lehigh emphatically ended a three-game losing streak with a 72-43 home rout of Navy on Wednesday night.

Bailey scored the first six points for the Mountain Hawks (19-8, 9-4 Patriot League), who shot 54 percent from the field (26-for-48) and made nine 3-pointers.

The hosts used a 30-11 run to take a 36-17 halftime lead.

The Midshipmen (8-21, 2-11) made four of their first five shots to start the second half but still trailed 48-28. Lehigh, which was never seriously threatened, extended its lead to as many as 35 points.

Stefan Cvrkalj had 12 points, Holden Greiner added 11 and Gabe Knutson 10 for Lehigh.

Ten of the Mountain Hawks' 11 players who played scored, and none was on the court for more than 27 minutes.

Navy shot just 39 percent from the field (16-for-41), making five of 17 from behind the 3-point arc.

Worth Smith scored 11 points.

He was the only player for the Midshipmen to score in double figures.

Albright 67, McDaniel 55: Andrew Merlow had 16 points, but the host Green Terror (14-12) lost to the Lions (21-6) in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament.

Albright closed the first half on a 22-10 run to take a 33-20 advantage into the locker room before holding on for the win.

Hartford 69, UMBC 62: The host Retrievers (10-18, 6-9 America East) scored just one field goal over the final six minutes and lost to the Hawks (18-10, 9-6).

Raven Harris (16 points) cut UMBC's deficit to 60-58.

However, Hartford's America East Player of the Game, Nikkia Smith, scored six of her eight second-half points in the final four minutes to propel the Hawks to victory.

Smith finished with the game's only doubledouble, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.   

Brittany Crowell led UMBC with 17 points.

The Retrievers fell into a three-way tie for the third seed in the conference tournament with one game remaining in their regular season.

Hartford ended a two-game losing streak and completed the season sweep against the Retrievers.

Navy 49, Lehigh 34: The host Mids (18-10, 11-2 Patriot League) might have struggled on offense, but their defense limited the Mountain Hawks (14-14, 6-7) to 13 field goals and forced them to commit 22 turnovers.

The victory kept Navy alone in first place in the league standings.

  The Mids have a one-game advantage over second-place Army with one game left in the regular season.

 

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