Navy 57, Lafayette 52

Jordan Sugars scored 17 points and Navy held off a second-half

rally by Lafayette in a 57-52 win Saturday night.

The Midshipmen (9-17, 4-6 Patriot League) led by as many as 17,

38-21, early in the second half.

Navy was then outscored 31-16 over the next 16:43 as Lafayette

cut it to two, 54-52, on Tony Johnson’s layup. The Leopards (10-15,

5-5) had a chance to tie it after Rob Delaney’s steal, but Jim

Mower missed a layup with 22 seconds left.

Navy’s O.J. Avoworo made 1 of 2 free throws with 20 seconds

remaining, and made two more 10 seconds later to seal it.

The Midshipmen, ranked last in the country in rebounding margin

(minus-11.7), outrebounded Lafayette 34-32. They had been

outrebounded by at least 20 in each of their previous three games

and have lost the battle of the boards to 33 of its past 36

Division I foes.

Jared Mintz led Lafayette with 17 points.