Game #9-376: Colgate Red Raiders at Navy MidshipmenJanuary 26, 2013 7:00 pm
One of my favorite trips to make in the Washington, D.C. area is Annapolis, Md., home of the United States Naval Academy. The campus is one of the prettiest I've seen, and it always makes for a great visit. There are many differences between a visit here and almost every other college campus. First, the students are all in training to become military
officers. This requires additional responsibilities outside of your typical classroom and practice hours. Playing basketball is the easiest thing any member of the Navy basketball team does. It is something that is not for everyone, and something that I'm sure Navy coach Ed DeChellis takes into account when he is recruiting players.
Another difference in visiting Navy is that unlike at practically every other college campus in America, only authorized cars can drive onto the campus. As a result, visitors can either park at the football stadium and take a shuttle to the campus, or park in one of the public parking lots and walk through the gates. I decided on option two, parking my car in one of the public lots, and making the 10-minute walk to the yard. After showing my ID to the guard at the gate, and explaining that the purpose of my visit was the basketball game, I walked over to Alumni Hall.
The game featured the host Midshipmen against the Colgate
Raiders. These two teams were both in the bottom of the Patriot League standings, as was predicted in the preseason rankings. Despite this, the Midshipmen have already shown improvement over their three win season last year, already doubling their win total from the previous season, and picking up a win over rival Army the previous weekend. The Raiders were also coming into the game after their first league victory, an overtime game against the same Army team that the Midshipmen beat.
The atmosphere was pretty good for two teams that were in the bottom of the league standings. While there were very few Mids in attendance, many families were in attendance at the game, including those of the very large choir that sang the National Anthem. I've always been able to count on kids to be loud at sporting events, and this was no exception. At the same time, it was really great to hear the father behind me explain the game to his young son.
The game itself was a blowout. A jumper from Murphy Burnatowski, two of his 29 points on the evening, opened the scoring, and Colgate went onto open the game on a 20-4 run. Navy made a run to get back into the game, and got as close as 11 until a Pat Moore superhoop extended the Raider lead to 14 going in to the half.
The Raider lead continued to grow in the second half. Navy briefly got the lead back down to single digits, but the Raiders went on a 12-3 run to open the game back up. The final was a fourteen point difference, 70-56. After the game, as is tradition, the players lined up for the playing of the Navy Blue and Gold. They then took a lap around the arena to give high-fives to the kids. It may not have been the outcome they wanted, but things are definitely better than last year.
COLGATE 70, at NAVY 56
COLGATE 8-13 (2-3) -- M. Burnatowski 11-17 4-4 29; L. Roh 1-4 2-2 4; P. Moore 3-8 2-3 9; M. Rolls 4-8 0-0 9; D. Shermin-Newsome 3-5 0-0 7; M. McMullen 3-5 0-3 7; J. Brandenburg 1-4 3-4 5; B. James 0-0 0-0 0; C. Johnson 0-1 0-0 0; C. Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 11-16 70.
NAVY 7-14 (1-4) -- W. Smith 6-7 0-1 13; B. Venturini 4-11 0-2 11; T. Dunbar 3-9 2-2 8; K. Knorr 0-5 0-0 0; K. Alter 2-6 3-4 8; J. Loupos 0-1 1-2 1; B. Wyatt 0-3 7-8 7; W. Kelly 1-3 0-1 2; P. Guglielmo 0-7 0-0 0; J. Smoot 0-0 0-0 0; D. Jackson 1-1 3-3 5; J. Alexander 0-1 1-2 1; R. Spadaford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-54 17-25 56.
Three-point goals: COLG 7-19 (M. Burnatowski 3-7; M. Rolls 1-2; P. Moore 1-5; M. McMullen 1-2; D. Shermin-Newsome 1-3), NAVY 5-23 (B. Wyatt 0-1; K. Alter 1-4; W. Smith 1-1; B. Venturini 3-10; P. Guglielmo 0-4; K. Knorr 0-3); Rebounds: COLG 35 (M. McMullen 10), NAVY 31 (W. Smith 8); Assists: COLG 18 (M. Rolls 6), NAVY 6 (T. Dunbar 3); Total Fouls -- COLG 19, NAVY 20; Fouled Out: COLG-B. James; NAVY-None.
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