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Haase finds mark, leads Navy past Loyola, 75-73


Navy coach Pete Herrmann took John Haase aside before Sunday's practice and tried to reassure the junior forward that he still was capable of putting the ball in the basket.

Haase, the Midshipmen's No. 2 scorer with a 13.2-point average, was coming off games in which he shot 1-for-6 and 2-for-9.

"I reminded him he was our No. 2 scorer and that he was going to get 10 to 15 shots a game and not to worry about the misses," Herrmann said. "Then he went out in practice and proceeded to shoot awful."

But Herrmann's words finally sank in. Haase scored 23 points to lead Navy (4-8) to a 75-73 victory over Loyola (4-9) last night before 2,186 at Reitz Arena. He made four of his eight three-point shots.

"Haase rebounded well after those two off-games," Herrmann said. "He had all four of his threes in the second half."

The last of the four was the one that stuck in Loyola coach Tom Schneider's craw. The Greyhounds had trimmed Navy's lead to 63-62 with less than three minutes remaining. Two threes by Haase in a minute gave Navy a 69-62 bulge.

"All we had to do was play solid defense," Schneider said. "But we gambled, going for the ball when we shouldn't have. Navy penetrated, kicked the ball out to Haase and bang. Mental breakdowns hurt us."

Loyola has lost five of its last six. Schneider hopes there won't be a repeat of last season when the Greyhounds lost to Niagara in four overtimes and didn't win a game the rest of the year.

"We have a lot of time left," Schneider said. "We'll regroup. We have three league games coming up."

Said Loyola guard Tracy Bergan: "Last year we knew we couldn't finish any higher than seventh in the conference [Metro Atlantic Athletic Association] and we went through the motions after the Niagara game. Now we have everything ahead of us. We can still have a great year and even win the conference."

The Loyola-Navy basketball rivalry is turning into a dandy.

The Mids have a commanding 16-3 advantage, but Loyola had won two straight before bowing last night in a game that was tight from start to finish.

Loyola rallied for an 81-74 win over Navy two years ago on the strength of 35 points by Bergan. He had 24 in the 84-77 triumph over Navy last year and 15 last night.

After Haase in Navy scoring came Derrick Wall and Nick Marusich with 15 points each. Michael Reese led Loyola with 26 and Kevin Green added 23.

NAVY (4-8) -- Wall 6-9 3-5 15, Haase 8-17 3-3 23, Marusich 7-16 1-3 15, Mickel 0-3 4-5 4, Majick 3-7 2-2 9, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Kozak 0-2 0-0, Havens 0-1 0-0 0, Burd 3-3 0-0 9, Cougher 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper 0-0 0-0 0, Polvino 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 13-18 75.

LOYOLA (4-9) -- Reese 11-20 0-1 26, Pendleton 2-4 1-2 5, Sereikas 0-2 0-0 0, Green 10-15 0-0 23, Bergan 6-12 0-0 15, Malone 0-0 0-0 0, C. Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, K. Anderson 1-5 0-2 2, Wohl 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-60 1-5 73.

Halftime--Navy, 33-30. 3-point goals--N 8-17 (Haase 4-8, Burd 3-3, Majick 1-3, Kozak 0-2, Mickel 0-1) L 10-23 (Reese 4-7, Bergan 3-7, Green 3-6, K. Anderson 0-3). Rebounds--N 35 (Wohl 11); L 33 (Reese 8). Assists--N 16 (Mickel 6); L 20 (Bergan 11). Total fouls--N 12, L 18. A--2,186.

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