BALTIMORE – Guard Cam Davis made two critical baskets in the final 30 seconds to help the Navy men’s basketball team escaped with a 68-66 victory over Lafayette in a Patriot League game on Jan. 18.
Davis first made a basket with 21 seconds remaining that gave Navy (10-7, 4-2) a one-point lead. But Lafayette’s Myles Cherry took the lead back with a fastbreak layup. Davis struck back once more, nailing a 3-pointer with nine seconds to go. Lafayette had a chance to tie at the end but came up short, and Navy escaped with the victory.
The game-winner gave the Mids their second consecutive Patriot League win.
Davis finished with a game-high 23 points, with 16 of those coming in the final 20 minutes. The junior also added a career-best seven rebounds and made three 3-pointers.
Freshman forward Daniel Deaver added 11 points and eight rebounds while sophomore guard John Carter Jr. pitched in with 10 points.
“Our kids found a way to win, they hung in there, and I thought we were much better defensively in the second half,” Navy Head Coach Ed DeChellis said. “I like this team, and I like this group of kids. They give us a good effort, they find a way to win, and now they get some confidence.”
Navy will travel to face Boston University on Jan. 22 before returning home to face rivals Army on Jan. 25 in the first of a two-game home stand.
Perry receives Army-Navy performance honor
Navy quarterback Army-Navy performance was honored on Jan. 20 at the 116th annual Philadelphia Sportswriters Dinner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The group honors the Most Valuable Player of the Army-Navy game when it takes place in Philadelphia.
Perry won the honor this year after setting a new record by rushing 304 yards and scoring two touchdowns while helping Navy to a 31-7 victory over Army in December. The win allowed Navy to take home the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the 16th time.
After that came another impressive performance in the recent Liberty Bowl, where the senior ran for 213 yards on 28 carries as Navy edged Kansas State 20-17. That let Navy finish the season tying a program-high with 11 wins. Perry also won the NAAA Athlete of the Week for the sixth time for his Liberty Bowl performance.
Perry became the first FBS all-time single-season leader in rushing as he finished with 2,017 yards overall.
The Midshipmen finished 20th in the last Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches polls. Navy came a long way this season, improving from 3-10 last year to 11-2, and that tied Navy for the second-biggest turnaround in FBS history.
Navy Women Basketball drops ninth straight
Despite its stellar play in the first half, the Navy women’s basketball team was unable to keep the game close as Lafayette took over in the second half to win 79-52 on Jan. 18.
Navy was only down by one point as both teams headed to halftime of the contest. However, the Leopards broke through in the third quarter, outscoring the Mids 27-10 and extending their lead to the double digits.
With the loss, the Mids have dropped nine in a row, are 0-6 in the Patriot League, and currently hold a 5-12 overall record. Navy has not won since beating LaSalle on Dec. 1. Meanwhile, the Leopards improved to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League.
Senior Mary Kate Ulasewicz topped Navy with 14 points, including four 3-pointers and three assists. Navy’s Morgan Taylor added nine points and seven rebounds while Montana Braxton had eight points and three rebounds.
“I thought we battled really well in the first half,” Navy Head Coach Stefanie Pemper said. “It just got away from us in the third quarter.”