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.