Lange's Mids do the limbo

Just when you thought nobody could be more of an embarrassment to the Patriot League than Army, along comes Navy with a 75-69 home loss to Division 3 Gettysburg.

How low can you go?

Bill Wagner of the Annapolis Capital summed things up pretty well in one sentence:
Last night's result may have shown just how far Navy has fallen and how much work Lange has to do in order to turn the program around.
To fully appreciate how bad a loss this is, take a look at Gettysburg's schedule. The Bullets don't even have a winning record against other D-3 teams.

As we pointed out yesterday, this is not the first time this has happened. Gettysburg upset the Mids in Don Devoe's first season (1992-93). Something tells me Devoe didn't try to spin it the way his successor, Billy Lange did.
Lange thought Gettysburg (3-4) was one of the better teams Navy (3-6) has played this season.
Sorry Billy. If that is true. If a D-3 with a losing record is one of the better teams you have played, and you have a 3-6 record, something is horribly wrong on the banks of the Severn.

Actually, as a Navy press release on points out, losing to a Division III team almost a tradition. It's like the hoops version of climbing the Herndon Monument:
The loss is Navy's second loss to a Division III school in the last three years.
In the Capital, Wagner pointed out that most of the Gettysburg damage was done by Mike Spadafora, a transfer from D-I Duquesne, who poured in 26 points (box score). Reading that will help soothe the pain of some Navy fans I suppose. As long as nobody tells them Spadafora was a walk-on at Duquesne who only played in four games, and scored just four points, in his two-year career with the Dukes (he redshirted his first season).

To aid with their denial, don't tell those Navy optimists Gettysburg had nobody over 6-6 on its roster.

By the way, Bucknell fans might take interest in one game note. This was win 199 of George Petrie's 15-plus seasons as head coach at Gettysburg. Petrie, of course, spent almost as long in Lewisburg as an assistant to Charlie Woollum back in the day.

At least Colgate managed to hold serve against Hobart.

Lehigh, on the other hand, continues to unimpress. This time it was Harvard, playing without its leading scorer and rebounder, 7-foot center Brian Cusworth, that did the damage, downing the Hawks 67-56. It was Lehigh's third straight loss to a Division I foe. Lehigh's only win this month came against D-3 Eastern.

Here's how John Connolly broke down the box score in the Boston Herald:
Harvard, which has outrebounded its opponent in 8-of-9 games this season, held a 44-31 advantage yesterday including 14-8 on the offensive glass. Harvard won virtually every category, including points in the paint (26-14), points off turnovers (12-7), second-chance points (10-4), and fast-break points (4-0). The lone area in which Lehigh showed a spark was bench points (15-15), thanks to a season-best 11 in 23 minutes from junior guard Mitch Gilfillan, who made 3-of-7 treys.

Bucknell was the lone beacon on an otherwise dark day for the league. The Bison aced a post-finals exam in Ithaca, beating Cornell 59-44.

Coverage of this one is scant. Here's thebox score. Worth noting: Bucknell had a season-low 11 turnovers. Coming off a week when finals wreak havoc with practice schedules, that is impressive.

For those of you keeping score at home, the Ivy League's lead in the season series against the Patriot League now stands at 9-4 with 10 to play. Army or Navy are involved in three of those remaining 10. Two others involve Penn or Princeton.

In other words, the fat lady is warming her vocal cords.

ON TAP: One game today, Army visits Notre Dame. Do we really need to comment?

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