Navy falls to American after forcing OT, 86-79


ANNAPOLIS -- When Navy's Mel Davis hit a twisting banker in the lane with two seconds left that sent last night's game against American into overtime, the fans at Halsey Field House had visions of ending a four-game losing streak.

But Davis' shot only delayed what seems to have become the inevitable. The Eagles outscored the Midshipmen, 14-7, in overtime for an 86-79 win in a Colonial Athletic Association game.

Navy (6-17, 2-9) had to play overtime with its top two scorers, Erik Harris and Eddie Reddick, having fouled out. With their 33 points and senior experience out of the game, the Midshipmen had a difficult time getting good shots off in the overtime.

"It was inexperience and a lot of guys who had not been in that position on the floor," Navy coach Pete Herrmann said. "But our young guys hung in there and, with Erik and Eddie out, showed a lot of poise. There were a lot of good signs."

One good sign was Lance Reinhard (19 points), whose three-pointer tied the game at 70 with 11 seconds left. He was fouled and had a chance to put Navy up by one, but the 81.3 percent free-throw shooter missed off the back rim.

"We lead the conference in free-throw shooting (84.2 percent), and with the players on the floor you would want Lance on the line," Herrmann said. "Tonight [15 of 29] was the first time free throws cost us so much."

American's Brian Gilgeous (17 points) rebounded the miss and was fouled by Harris (his fifth). After making both free throws with 10 seconds left, Navy's other spark, Davis, hit the shot that tied the game at 72, forcing overtime.

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