Navy’s Late Defense Stymies Men’s Basketball In Mids’ Win

Jan. 13, 2016

Final Stats

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The U.S. Naval Academy held Loyola University Maryland scoreless for more than six minutes late in the second half Wednesday night, and the Midshipmen overcame the Greyhounds for a 60-52 Patriot League victory at Alumni Hall.

Tyler Hubbard made a runner in transition with 7:47 left in the second half, putting the Greyhounds up six, 42-36, but the basket was Loyola’s last points until Jarred Jones hit a pair of free throws with 1:28 on the clock.

During the stretch that covered 6:19, Navy (13-5 overall, 4-1 Patriot League) outscored Loyola, 13-0.

Tillman Dunbar scored five of his team-high 15 points during the run for Navy, while the Midshipmen’s defense forced four Greyhounds (4-12, 3-2) turnovers and five missed shots.

Jones’ second free throw cut the deficit to five, but that was as close as Loyola would draw in the final minutes. Loyola made just eight field goals in each half, shooting 30.8 percent from the field while committing 20 turnovers.

Andre Walker led Loyola’s scoring effort, matching Dunbar for game-high honors with 15 points, while Eric Laster scored 11 of his 13 points before halftime for the Greyhounds. Tyler Hubbard added 11 points for Loyola, but that trio were the only to score more than four.

During the first half, it was a long Navy scoreless stretch that helped Loyola take a 26-22 advantage into halftime.

Jace Hogan put Navy ahead, 13-9, with 11:27 left in the first half, but neither the Midshipmen, nor Loyola scored until Laster knocked down a three at 8:04. That started a stretch where Laster scored 11-straight points for Loyola.

Laster converted two traditional 3-point plays during the run, and a Tyler Hubbard three with 2:33 left in the frame put Loyola up six, 23-17. Walker then made a pair of free throws at 1:12 to give the Greyhounds a 25-17 lead.

Navy took a 29-28 lead just over two minutes into the second half, but Loyola scored the next nine points.

A Franz Rassman free throw tied the score and then the Greyhounds got threes on consecutive possessions by Nevell Provo and Hubbard. A Laster basket at 15:37 put Loyola up eight, 37-29 before Navy scored seven in a row.

Jace Hogan scored in the paint for Navy at 11:23, drawing the Midshipmen within a point, 37-36, but Walker hit a three at 8:26, and Hubbard scored in transition just over 45 seconds later to put Loyola up six.

Hogan added 10 points to Dunbar’s 15 for Navy.

Loyola takes a five-day break before its next game. The Greyhounds will play a nationally televised contest on Monday, Jan. 18, at Boston University. CBS Sports Network will air the game starting at 7:30 p.m.