BALTIMORE – The Navy football team went to No. 23 in the Associated Press and Coaches Polls earlier this week after a 56-41 victory over Houston on Nov. 30.
Navy now has been in the polls four times in the past five weeks, and improved their record to 9-2 (7-1 in the American Athletic Conference) after fullback Jamale Carothers put on a show that the Cougars would have likely wanted to miss.
Carothers ran for a career-best 188 yards and five touchdowns, also a career-high. The fullback scored touchdowns on runs of 8, 17, 19, 29 and 75 yards.
“Jamale did a phenomenal job,” Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “With all of his runs…versatile (is) what he can (be), and I’m proud of him.”
Quarterback Malcolm Perry rushed for 146 yards and one touchdown as Navy compiled 447 yards on the ground and 554 overall on offense.
Perry established a new Navy mark by running for at least 100 yards for the ninth time. He has also done so for eight straight games, tying a school record. Also, Perry now is the fifth quarterback to rush and throw for 1,000 yards in one season.
Navy is the co-champion of the West in the AAC, although Memphis (also 7-1 in conference) gets to represent the division in the title game against Cincinnati this Saturday.
The Midshipmen will next take on Army (5-7) on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.
Late run helps Men’s Basketball beat Brown
The Navy-Brown men’s basketball game was tight until the final minutes when the Midshipmen took charge and sailed away.
John Carter Jr. and Cam Davis combined for 22 points as Navy scored 26 of the game’s final 32 en route to a 76-56 victory over Brown on Nov. 30 for an early-season road win.
Carter tied a career-high with 26 points while Davis did the same thing with his 24.
Navy (4-3) got hot at just the right time in the second half and never looked back.
“That (second half) was the best offensive half of the season,” Navy Head Coach Ed DeChellis said. “I’m really proud of our kids. It was a tight ball game, and then we started to make some shots as the game went on. A 20-point road win is hard to come by.”
Navy held a 27-26 halftime lead, and the game was even at 50 when things began to change. Carter snapped the tie with a three, and they did it again after a steal. A little later, he scored on a layup that gave the Midshipmen a 59-52 lead with 5:51 remaining.
Davis then pitched in with two buckets plus a 3-pointer. He also went 6 for 6 at the free throw line for 13 points during the late run.
Navy Women win third consecutive game
The Navy women’s basketball team won its third home game in a row on Dec. 1, topping LaSalle 61-46 and taking championship game of the 2019 Navy Classic.
Sophie Gatzounas led the Mids (5-3) with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Morgan Taylor added 14, while Mary Kate Ulasewicz added 10 more.
“Things weren’t easy for us, but we just kept fighting,” Head Coach Stefanie Pemper said. “A 15-point win is solid. It was great to get a win and to play well on our home court – 22 offensive rebounds and 18 assists – those are great numbers.”
Navy went on a 7-0 run to close out the first half for a 32-24 halftime lead. Kolbi Green’s three-pointer was the big shot during that stretch.
The Mids slowly began to open up the lead in the second half and held a 47-36 lead after three quarters.
Navy pushed the lead to 55-36 in the fourth quarter and kept the Explorers quiet for over six minutes at the start of the period.
Gatzounas averaged 16.5 points per game in the tournament and was picked as the Most Valuable Player. Ulasewicz made the All-Navy Classic tournament team.