At the turn . . .

(last updated: 8:02 a.m.)

Sunday afternoon's results:

Navy 66, Bucknell 62: According to the story in the Baltimore Sun:
. . . the Midshipmen won the game on defense, diving after balls, sticking hands into passing lanes and holding Bucknell to 36 percent from the field.
According to the Box score, Navy won the game at the foul line, getting to the stripe 15 times more than Bucknell. The Midshipmen were 24-for-35 at the line; Bucknell 14-for-20. As the Talking Heads once sang, "Do I smell? I smell home cooking."

Or was it only the river? Because while normally we would think that was the case, especially in Annapolis, where Chick and Ruth's is not the only place a Midshipman gets special treatment over the years, we do notice that Bucknell took 23 three-pointers and Chris McNaughton had only 8 shots. Bettencourt usually gets to the line more than 5 times in a game where he takes 19 shots, but 14 of his attempts were outside the arc.

In other words, while it is customary for Navy to get away with extremely physical play in Alumni Hall, there's reason plenty to think the disparity was actually because Bucknell turned into a jump-shooting team against that new Navy zone, instead of attacking the rim.

Meanwhile, the question being asked all over the league (or at least a topic of conversation at the HC-Lehigh game): How much does Bucknell miss head coach Pat Flannery, who is on medical leave. In this case, it would seem like it might have been a significant factor since Navy unveiled the matchup zone Friday night against Colgate. That meant Bucknell had one day, most likely with no film, to prepare for that. Taking nothing away from Nathan Davis and the other Bucknell assistants, obviously having a basketball mind as sharp as Flannery's to help dissect it would have helped.
Box score | Navy recap | BU recap | AP wrap

American 78, Colgate 59: From the Washington Post story:
American had its best shooting performance in 12 games, making 56 percent from the floor. The Eagles did a nice job sharing the load -- 16 of their 29 field goals came off an assist -- and taking smart shots.
With Patrick Okpwae serving a suspension for missing curfew after the win over Bucknell, Raimondas Petrauskas made the most of more minutes by scoring 22 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
Box score | AU recap | Colgate recap | AP wrap

Holy Cross 58, Lehigh 56: (See our game story below.
Our pal Corky Blake of the Express-Times writes:
Holy Cross' weekend from New England was as profitable as a big night at the tables in Atlantic City.
With a favorable second-half schedule (Bucknell and Lehigh both have to visit Worcester), the Crusaders are in the drivers' seat.
Box score | Lehigh recap | HC recap | AP wrap | Morning Call story

Lafayette 66, Army 49: Matt Betley rejoined the starting lineup for Lafayette and provided a much-needed spark for the Leopards.

From the Morning Call:
Betley, a freshman, carried Lafayette to a quick 16-8 lead with eight points and two assists in the first eight minutes. He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in his eighth start of the season and first since the Lehigh loss.
Box score | Lafayette recap | Army recap | AP wrap

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