Coming off two wins last weekend in South Carolina, and on the eve of Thanksgiving, Navy men’s basketball cleared the bench in Alumni Hall Wednesday afternoon while rolling to an 89-40 victory over Washington College.
The Midshipmen are now 4-2 on the season with a three-game win streak. Navy has also defeated Virginia, Radford and Furman with its two losses coming against Atlantic Coast Conference foes Virginia Tech and Louisville.
“We had a great weekend of basketball on the road. Winning two games there was very important, then we came back here and had a total team effort,” said Navy coach Ed DeChellis. “We have played six games, won four of them and played three games against ACC teams.”
After posting a 15-3 regular-season record against conference opponents during a campaign impacted by the pandemic, Navy returned four seniors and nine juniors this season. That experience is evident as is the cohesion of the returning players.
“I am very pleased with our guys. They have given us a good effort every night,” said DeChellis, who earned his 350th career win on Saturday against Radford. “Our seniors have done a great job so far in the leadership role. I am really proud of our team overall.”
DeChellis used 18 players against Washington College and all of them scored. Several seldom-used reserves notched their first career points. Senior guard John Carter Sr. led the Mids with 10 points, while Daniel Deaver and Greg Summers added seven apiece. Junior forward Tyler Nelson was the game’s leading rebounder with nine.
“It is great when coach can get all the guys in the game,” Carter said. “It’s special to see some of the guys who don’t play much... to see them score their first college points. I’m grateful to get to play as much as I have, but some of the guys who played today don’t get much time.”
Navy scored a school-record 21 unanswered points at one point in the first half in building a 44-11 lead.
Richard Njoku started the record run with a slam-dunk that put Navy ahead 25-11 with 10:18 to play. After Christian Jones (Annapolis High) made a layup to increase the lead to 31, the Shoremen’s Sam Corrao finally stopped the scoring streak with 2:37 left.
Navy finished the first half making 19 of 31 field-goal tries (61.3%) while holding Washington College to 4-for-24 field goal shooting (16.7%) in taking a 47-13 halftime lead. The Shoremen made just one 3-pointer in 13 tries before intermission and were outrebounded, 26-10.
Navy carried over the rout into the second half, scoring 13 straight points early on as the lead ballooned to 64-22.
Navy had 27 assists on 37 baskets and 19 steals for the game. The Mids also outrebounded the Shoremen, 41-24.
“We played under control. We had strong offensive play and good defensive effort,” said DeChellis.
Carter said the Midshipmen didn’t get as much of a challenge from the Shoremen as they had from the five previous opponents.
“We weren’t playing the same level of opponent. We expected to have the kind of game we did today,’ said Carter, who described the losses to Virginia Tech and Louisville as humbling, while calling wins against Radford and Furman last weekend in Greensville “confidence-builders.”
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