HC escapes, form holds elsewhere

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Holy Cross 68, Navy 66: (full game story below) With Navy's quickness giving Holy Cross trouble on the perimeter, and Nate Lufkin on the bench with a sprained ankle, Ralph Willard went to a small lineup most of the second half. Greg Kinsey, the 6-4 wing, moved to the four, with sixth-man Keith Simmons joining Kevin Hamilton and Pat Doherty for a three-guard look in the backcourt.

That combination played just well enough to allow Holy Cross to overcome a dreadful 9-of-20 night at the foul line as they rallied from 10-points down in the second half to extend their winning streak to 8 in a row.

Navy outplayed the Crusaders much of the game, and proved last weekend's wins over Colgate and Bucknell were not flukes. In fact, Navy's first half might have been as good a half of basketball we have witnessed in league play to date. The Mids shot well, rebounded well, defended like Jack Black's band. The Midshipmen seemed to get to every loose ball and had Holy Cross on the ropes until Simmons got the Crusaders going in the second half.
Box score | AP wrap | HC recap | Navy Recap | Washington Post

Lehigh 63, Colgate 53:Trailing 50-47 late in the game, Lehigh responded with a 10-0 run and held Colgate to just a single basket-- an Andrew Zidar three-- over the final 7:48 of the game.

In Corky Blake's story in the Morning Call, Emmitt Davis was whining again about the officiating:
. . . the Mountain Hawks feasted at the foul line -- a statistic that wasn't lost on Colgate coach Emmett Davis as he made his way to the team bus idling outside Stabler Arena.

"Free throws and we didn't execute," Davis said disgustedly about the difference over the final seven minutes. "Look how many times they went to the foul line; we were 3-for-4 for the game."
When is Davis going to finally realize that jump shooters don't get to the foul line. Especially not in other people's gyms. This kind of thing has been happening to Colgate all season. Sooner or later you have to realize it is not the officials (although we have to admit, four foul shots all night, against a team that plays physical D like Lehigh, is a little strange).

Box score | AP wrap | Lehigh recap | Colgate recap | Morning Call

Bucknell 89, Lafayette 69: Kevin Bettencourt missed five of his first six shots, then hit nine straight en route to a 29-point showing as coach Pat Flannery returned to the sidelines for the Bison. Chris McNaughton, Charles Lee and John Griffin each added 14 points for Bucknell, which shot a Patriot League record 20-for-20 at the foul line in breaking its two-game losing streak.

The 89 points were the most Bucknell has scored all season.
Box score | AP wrap | Lafayette recap | Bucknell recap | Daily Item | Express-Times | Morning Call

American 86, Army 58: AU shot better from outside the three-point line than it did from inside, hitting 11-of-20 (55 percent) from long range. Andre Ingram (5 treys, 23 points) and Jason Thomas (3 treys, 18 points) were a combined 8-for-11 from beyond the arc.

American, as expected, dominated in almost every category, outrebounds Army 44-21, and outscoring the undersized Black Knights 28-14 in the paint.
Box score | AP wrap | AU recap | Army recap

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