Game #9-404: Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Navy MidshipmenJanuary 30, 2013 7:00 pm
"Successful people and successful teams are able to do difficult things."
That quote was one I heard from Lehigh coach Brett Reed while driving back from their loss at Stabler Arena to Lafayette. He gave credit to someone, but I couldn't catch who it was. Nevertheless, I think it can be applied to both teams in the match-up between Lehigh and Navy. Lehigh, was facing a difficult challenge of going on the road after an embarrassing loss on their home court. They now faced the challenge of getting their season back on track. However, they would have to do so, if they wanted their season to be successful. For the Navy players, just being students at the Naval Academy is difficult. They are expected to do things that other college students
do not have to think about doing. However, they have to complete the additional tasks if they want to be successful, and walk out as graduates.
There was one noticeable difference at this game compared to the last game I went to Alumni Hall, the presence of the Midshipmen. I'm not sure if they were called out to attend the game, but I guessed so, as there was a line of them wrapping around the concourse before the game. Many of them had their backpacks, which led me to think that they were bringing homework with them so they had something to do during the game. Despite this, their presence contributed to a season-high attendance for the Mids of 2,559, and the promotions team did their best to make sure that they were cheering, having t-shirt tosses and other promotions. During halftime, there was a pie-eating contest between company commanders, with the winner
receiving some extra weekend liberty for their company.
The game started out like a mirror of the last game Lehigh played. Navy got out to an early 8-1 lead, and it looked like the Mids could give Lehigh a run. However, the Mountain Hawks quietly made their shots, ending the half on a 27-10 run to take a ten point lead into the half. By that point, many of the Mids in attendance were focused more on their homework than their books. In the second half, Lehigh continued to build their lead, stretching it to as high as 24. The final was 71-49. For Lehigh, it was a good way to rebound after the Lafayette loss. Winning basketball games on the road is difficult, but in order
to be successful, you have to do the difficult things well.
LEHIGH 71, at NAVY 49
LEHIGH 15-5 (5-1) -- M. McKnight 3-6 0-0 7; H. Greiner 4-7 4-5 12; G. Knutson 2-6 2-3 6; B. Bailey 4-7 0-1 10; S. Cvrkalj 6-11 1-1 18; A. D'Orazio 1-6 1-3 4; J. Goldsborough 1-4 2-2 4; C. Schaefer 3-6 2-2 8; T. Staggers 0-0 0-0 0; C. Goodman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-54 12-17 71.
NAVY 7-15 (1-5) -- T. Dunbar 3-11 1-1 7; W. Smith 5-15 1-2 11; W. Kelly 5-8 1-2 11; K. Alter 1-8 0-0 3; P. Guglielmo 3-6 2-4 10; B. Venturini 0-7 0-0 0; T. Wynn 1-1 2-2 4; B. Wyatt 0-2 0-0 0; D. Jackson 1-4 0-1 2; J. Loupos 0-0 1-2 1; R. Spadaford 0-3 0-0 0; E. McLaurin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-66 8-14 49.
Three-point goals: LEH 9-27 (B. Bailey 2-5; H. Greiner 0-3; A. D'orazio 1-4; M. McKnight 1-4; S. Cvrkalj 5-9; C. Schaefer 0-2), NAVY 3-23 (B. Wyatt 0-1; K. Alter 1-8; E. McLaurin 0-1; W. Smith 0-4; B. Venturini 0-4; P. Guglielmo 2-4; R. Spadaford 0-1); Rebounds: LEH 41 (H. Greiner 10), NAVY 34 (W. Kelly 10); Assists: LEH 15 (M. McKnight 7), NAVY 10 (T. Dunbar 3); Total Fouls -- LEH 17, NAVY 15; Fouled Out: LEH-None; NAVY-W. Kelly.