Midshipmen bomb out in Patriot quarterfinal Colgate wins, 84-80, in three-point battle


HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Once the flow started, Navy coach Don DeVoe didn't mind his team riding the wave. But the record-setting surge of 12 three-point field goals the Midshipmen fired at Colgate came up short, as the Red Raiders took an 84-80 decision in the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals last night at Cotterell Court.

Navy made 12 of 21 three-point attempts to set a tournament record. Navy guards Michael Burd and Jim Hamilton each set a tournament record with five three-pointers, but the Midshipmen's bombs couldn't overcome Colgate in the game's final seconds.

Colgate moved into the semifinals against Bucknell, which needed overtime to defeat Lehigh, 69-65, in another quarterfinal. Navy's first season under DeVoe ended at 8-19.

"When the ball's going in the basket, you have to accept the pace," DeVoe said. "We obviously didn't want to play a fast pace, but it was working."

Navy blistered Colgate with 8-for-9 three-point shooting but still trailed 50-46 at halftime.

The Midshipmen stayed close, trailing only once by double figures in the second half. Navy used a three-pointer by Burd with 5:18 remaining to pull to 73-72. Colgate stretched its lead to 79-74 before Chuck Robinson's three-pointer made it 79-77 with 2:36 left.

After Robinson and Colgate's Tucker Neale traded free throws, Navy had a chance to tie or take the lead with a minute left.

"We made a 30-second game out of it," DeVoe said. "I can't ask for more."

Except another open three-point attempt. Neither Hurd nor Hamilton could spring free against Colgate's man-to-man defense.

"They definitely turned up the tempo on defense in the second half," said Hurd, who had 19 points.

Navy's possession ended up inside with freshman James Norris, who missed an open layup attempt with 57 seconds left.

Colgate's Darren Brown made two foul shots with 35 seconds left to cap off his double-double night with 21 points and a tournament record 19 rebounds.

Navy's John Haase drew a foul on a three-point attempt with 35 seconds left and converted two of the three foul shots to make it 82-80.

Neale quickly sliced through Navy's full-court press and drew a foul with 25 seconds remaining. He made both shots for the final margin.

Navy's Billy Butler missed a three-pointer with nine seconds left and Colgate ran out the clock.

"This was a tough one," said Colgate coach Jack Bruen, who was surprised by Navy's three-point arsenal after two slow-tempo victories over the Midshipmen during the regular season. "The freshman guard [Hamilton] wasn't even on the varsity the first time we played."

Hamilton scored a team-high 21 points, including three first-half three-pointers.

"In the first half, we had a lot of opportunities on the fast break," he said. "We had a lot of open shots."

Colgate's Neale also had his share of open jumpers. Neale scored 20 of his game-high 30 points in the first half. He finished with five three-pointers to match the league record set by Burd and Hamilton.

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