Junior forwards Patrick Dorsey and Jaylen Walker came off the bench to combine for 23 points and eight rebounds as Navy men’s basketball rallied to beat Boston University, 72-65, at Case Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.
Dorsey drained a pair of 3-pointers in scoring 12 points and also grabbed four rebounds, while Walker added 11 points on 5-for-5 free-throw shooting. Senior swingman John Carter Jr. totaled nine points and six rebounds for Navy, which bounced back from Thursday’s home loss to Colgate.
Senior center Richard Njoku scored nine points and swiped three steals for the Midshipmen, who outscored the host Terriers 42-33 in the second half. Navy (12-5, 5-1 Patriot League) swept the season series with Boston University (11-8, 2-4), which was picked to capture the Patriot League championship in the preseason poll of coaches.
“We just played better in the second half,” Navy coach Ed DeChellis said. “Defensively, we were better, we executed better, and I liked the energy we had. It was a solid defensive effort. It is hard to go on the road and beat a quality team such as Boston.”
Senior point guard Greg Summers returned to action after missing four games with a hamstring injury and contributed nine points and four rebounds for Navy, which made eight straight field goals early in the second half to take control of the contest.
Junior forward Daniel Deaver filled the box score with four points, four rebounds four assists and two steals. Navy got 39 points from the bench and another 19 off 14 Boston turnovers.
“We are a deep team and guys are contributing in ways that may not show up in the box score,” said DeChellis, noting that junior guard Sean Yoder had some deflections that led to steals and “got on the floor for some loose balls.”
Sukhmail Mathon, a 6-foot-10 and 225-pound graduate student, had his way inside for the second straight game against Navy — notching a double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Boston University.
Navy is home for the rest of this week, hosting Lehigh Wednesday night at Alumni Hall then welcoming archrival Army West Point on Saturday. The Midshipmen are now tied atop the Patriot League standings with Loyola Maryland (11-6, 6-1).
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