Navy's Late Rally Gives Midshipmen Edge Over Men's Basketball
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Brent Holcombe scored a career-high 18 points and put Loyola University Maryland in front, 54-47 with a free-throw line jumper at 4:27 in the second half, but the U.S. Naval Academy reeled off 12 points in a row, and the Midshipmen came away with a 62-56 victory at Alumni Hall.
The Greyhounds will host a Patriot League Championships First Round Game against the U.S. Military Academy on Tuesday, February 27, at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
After Holcombe's jumper that put the Greyhounds up seven, the teams traded scoreless possessions before Shawn Anderson stepped back for a Navy 3-pointer at the expiration of the shot clock. The shot rolled all the way around the rim before falling, and Anderson was fouled after his release. He made the free throw to pull the Midshipmen within three.
Anderson then had a steal near halfcourt and went in for a layup at 2:56, cutting the Greyhounds' lead to 54-53.
A missed Loyola 3-pointer fell into the hands of George Kiernan for Navy, and he was fouled. Kiernan made both free throws to give Navy its first lead in more than eight minutes. The Midshipmen then forced a Loyola turnover, and Hasan Abdullah pulled up from 19 feet to make a jumper as the shot clock went to zero.
Tom Lacey and Abdullah both made one of two at the line with 46.8 and 22.7 seconds left, respectively, pushing the Navy lead to five, 59-54. Chuck Champion made a jumper in the lane for Loyola with under 18 ticks left, making it a 3-point game, but Navy would hold off any further Greyhounds advances.
Holcombe's career-high 18 points led all players in the game, while Kiernan and Anderson had 17 and 13, respectively, for the Midshipmen (20-11, 11-7 Patriot League).
Neither Navy, nor Loyola led by more than eight in the game and the Midshipmen had a 30-24 lead at halftime. Loyola cut its deficit to one, 36-35, on an Andre Walker three at 13:54, but two Nourse Fox free throws at 11:49 made it 43-37 Navy.
Scott converted a traditional 3-point play with a layup and free throw at 11:35, and Holcombe knocked down a three at 11:13 off a Champion assist, tying the game at 43-43.
After Kiernan was called for an offensive foul, Holcombe rebounded his own missed three and scored off the glass at 10:16, giving Loyola a 45-43 lead.
Champion then scored at 9:29 for Loyola before Cam Davis tallied four in a row for Navy, knotting the game at 47-47.
On the Greyhounds' next possession, Holcombe kicked a pass out to Andrew Kostecka who drained a three at 6:41, pushing Loyola up 50-47. After almost two minutes of scoreless action, Holcombe scored twice in the paint to make it a seven-point Loyola lead.
In addition to Holcombe's 18, Kostecka scored nine, while Walker and Champion each had eight for Loyola.