Navy Fends Off Men's Basketball in Annapolis
Jan. 5, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Brandon Venturini's 28 points via eight three pointers propelled Navy past Lafayette 79-71 on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall. As a team, the Mids hit 11-of-14 from beyond the arc to knock off the visiting Leopards.
Bryce Scott led Lafayette(4-9, 0-2) in scoring with 20 points, while Alan Flannigan and Dan Trist each put in 14 points apiece. Flannigan's 14 points were a career-high and Joey Ptasinski netted 11 in the losing effort. For Navy (6-7, 1-1) Thurgood Wynn added 15 points and Worth Smith chipped in 14 as the home team scored 50 points after halftime. For the game Navy shot 51.1 percent from the floor, hitting 24-of-47 shots, including 15-of-22 after intermission.
Navy began the contest with consecutive baskets to take a 5-0 lead, before Lafayette scored eight straight points, five by Scott and a three-pointer by Ptasinski, to take the early lead. Lafayette maintained its advantage but never led by more than three over the next ten minutes.
With the game knotted at 24-24, Lafayette opened up a five-point lead (29-24) on a pair at the line by Nick Lindner (eight points) and Scott's corner three off a drive and kick by Lindner. Navy pulled within one after two free throws and a steal that led to an easy layup by Wynn, but Flannigan drilled a three with the shot clock winding down and Lafayette went into halftime with a 33-29 lead.
Following a layup by Trist to begin the second half, Navy ripped off eight straight points and went ahead 37-35 three minutes into the period. Lafayette called timeout after Venturini's straightway three and the Mids extended the run to 10-0 after the stoppage on Smith's long two. An offensive rebound and putback for Trist (nine rebounds) stopped the bleeding as the Leopards trimmed the deficit to two points, before Smith completed Navy's 13-2 run with a three-point play as it led 42-37.
Lafayette continued to go inside to Trist in the second half and the junior delivered Lafayette's first nine points after halftime. Trailing 47-42 Lindner cut Navy's lead to two points with a trey. Following a bucket for Navy, Flannigan converted four straight free throws to tie the score at 49 apiece midway through the half.
The Leopards spent a majority of the afternoon at the free throw line and took the lead (53-52) when Scott made both shots in a one-and-one situation with less than seven minutes to play. Venturini drilled his fifth trifecta to regain Navy's edge at 55-53, then he hit another one surrounding Scott hitting 1-of-2 at the stripe. Lafayette set season highs in free throws made (25) and attempts (35), a 71.4 percent clip.
Coming out of the final media timeout, Trist scored inside to pull the Leopards within a point at 62-61, before Venturini banked in a three on Navy's next trip down the floor. Flannigan responded by nailing his second trey, but Venturini came back with his eighth triple of the game to put Navy up 68-64 with two minutes to go.
A left-handed layup by Scott had Lafayette within two, but Wynn used the glass for two and Navy forced a turnover on Lafayette's next possession. A pair of free throws by Earl McLaurin extended Navy's lead to 72-66 with a minute left. Ptasinski's three missed and Navy eventually came away with the eight-point victory.
Lafayette returns home to Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday evening for a rematch of the 2013 Patriot League Championship Game against Bucknell. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.
Alan Flannigan returned to the starting lineup after missing four games with a left knee injury.
Bryce Scott recorded the fourth 20-point game of his career.
Jack Detmer collected his first steal of the season.
Flannigan's two threes were a career-high.
Navy snapped a four-game losing streak against Lafayette with the win.