One of the games that I was looking forward to attending this season was the Army-Navy game. This is a rivalry that traditionally gets attention when the two schools are playing in football. However, any time these schools play each other it's a big deal. I can't think of any other university where the students shout "BEAT ARMY" or "BEAT NAVY" after singing their alma mater. The students at both academies want to brag about beating the other, something that I'm sure continues throughout their military career. In addition, the winner of one contest each season receives the Alumni Trophy. This year, this particular match-up was the designated contest.
Game #9-452: Army Black Knights at Navy MidshipmenFebruary 16, 2013 2:00 pm
Because of the rivalry, there were quite a few midshipmen in attendance. Many were accompanied by their families or significant others who came down to visit during the long weekend. Unlike previous games, where a pep band was present, the entire Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps was present. And unlike the game I attended against Lehigh earlier this season, none of them were reading books. This, combined with the sellout crowd, led to one of the better atmospheres I've experienced this season.
The game started off strong for the home team. While Army scored the first bucket of the game, a Worth Smith #superhoop put the Midshipmen on top. Worth scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half, and Navy took at six point lead in the first half. While they continued to hold their lead in the second half, Army pulled ahead midway through on a jumper by Ella Ellis. Another Ellis lay-up gave the Black Knights a 56-50 lead with 2:16 left in the game. The Mids pulled to within one at 56-55, with 43 seconds left, and a miss by Dylan Cox gave them the ball down one with a chance to win. With the clock winding down, they turned to plebe Tillman Dunbar to give them a chance to win. His shot, however, was no good, and the Black Knights walked away with the Alumni Trophy, and a season split with the Midshipmen.
After the game, as is custom, the alma maters of both schools were played. The Drum and Bugle Corps played the "Navy Blue and Gold" first, followed by a recording of the West Point Alma Mater. After the playing of both songs, the Black Knights accepted the Alumni Trophy. The biggest smile had to be on the face of Ella Ellis, whose branch assignment after graduating will be Air Defense Artillery. After four years of hard work, it's nice to walk off the court beating your rival one last time.
ARMY 56, at NAVY 55
ARMY 12-13 (5-5) -- K. Wilson 4-10 4-6 12; K. Toth 2-5 0-0 5; D. Cox 3-6 2-3 9; E. Ellis 4-9 2-2 12; L. Toomey 2-5 0-0 4; J. Springer 1-2 0-0 2; K. Ferguson 0-0 2-4 2; M. Lenox 2-2 0-0 5; J. Herbeck 1-3 0-0 3; A. Stire 1-2 0-2 2; M. Gramling 0-0 0-0 0; C. Kincade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 10-17 56.
NAVY 7-19 (1-9) -- W. Smith 5-8 3-5 14; T. Dunbar 4-11 4-7 12; B. Venturini 2-10 1-2 6; K. Knorr 1-3 5-5 8; W. Kelly 1-2 1-2 3; J. Loupos 0-1 2-2 2; T. Wynn 0-1 4-6 4; K. Alter 0-2 0-0 0; J. Alexander 2-3 0-0 4; B. Wyatt 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 16-43 20-29 55.
Three-point goals: ARMY 6-18 (E. Ellis 2-5; J. Herbeck 1-3; M. Lenox 1-1; D. Cox 1-1; L. Toomey 0-3; K. Toth 1-3; K. Wilson 0-2), NAVY 3-13 (K. Alter 0-2; W. Smith 1-2; B. Venturini 1-6; K. Knorr 1-3); Rebounds: ARMY 26 (L. Toomey 5), NAVY 21 (W. Smith 8); Assists: ARMY 12 (M. Lenox 3), NAVY 12 (T. Dunbar 5); Total Fouls -- ARMY 24, NAVY 18; Fouled Out: ARMY-None; NAVY-J. Loupos.