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Navy bounced back after a very disappointing loss to Army, beating American at Bender Arena for the first time since the Eagles joined the Patriot League, 77-66.
It was an ugly game, with both teams shooting less than 40% from the floor. Navy was horribly, horribly outrebounded in the game; combine that with a 9-26 night from beyond the arc, and you have a game that not too long ago would have resulted in a Navy blowout loss. Not last night, though. Navy finally had an answer for a cold shooting night: team defense, taking care of the ball, and getting Greg Sprink to the free throw line. Sprink scored 36 points, including 17-18 from the line. Chris Harris pitched in 15. The two of them also combined for 6 steals. Navy had only 8 turnovers compared to American’s 17, helping to offset the extra posessions that AU got from their dominance on the glass.
Navy’s rebounding has cost them in the past, and will cost them again in the future. But taking care of the ball and finding a way to score when the 3-pointers aren’t falling makes this a much better basketball team.
Navy 77, American University 66 (Navy Player Stats)
|C. Harris (G)||38||15||5-11||45.5||3-9||33.3||2-2||100||3||2||1||3||2||0||2||3|
|G. Sprink (G)||36||36||8-18||44.4||3-7||42.9||17-18||94.4||3||3||0||2||2||0||4||4|
|R. Garcia (G)||25||7||2-4||50||1-1||100||2-2||100||4||2||2||1||1||2||1||0|
|K. Kina (G)||25||7||3-8||37.5||0-2||0||1-1||100||5||5||0||4||1||1||0||3|
|M. Veazey (C)||22||4||2-4||50||0-0||0||0-0||0||4||2||2||0||0||2||0||3|