Dec. 14, 2013
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -
Zach Fong set a freshmen school record with seven three pointers but Navy (5-4) suffered a 90-80 overtime loss at Bryant (7-5) on Saturday afternoon at the Chace Athletic Center. Fong was 7-of-10 on three-point field goals and scored a team-high 21 points.
Fong hit two three pointers in the final 11 seconds as Navy erased a four-point deficit to force overtime. Fong hit a trey with 11.0 seconds left to pull Navy within one and after two Bryant free throws, Fong drilled another trey with just 4.6 seconds remaining to tie the game at 73-73.
Fong made his seventh three pointer in the overtime period, but Bryant responded with a 13-2 run in overtime to put the game out of reach en route to the 90-80 win.
Fong established new career-highs with his 21 points and 20 minutes played.
"Fong is a very good shooter," head coach Ed DeChellis said. "He is playing with confidence and he did a nice job today shooting the ball."
Junior Worth Smith had 14 points, five rebounds and a career-high four blocks, but fouled out with 3:21 remaining in the second half. Sophomore guard Tilman Dunbar tallied 14 points and nine assists.
Sophomore guard Kendall Knorr tallied 12 points and six rebounds to give Navy four players in double figures. Sophomore center Will Kelly chipped in with 10 rebounds, four points and two blocks.
The Mids had a fast start to the game as Knorr drained a three and then Smith threw down a dunk to give Navy a 5-3 edge, which grew to 7-5 after another Knorr basket. However, Bryant then reeled off a 10-0 run while keeping Navy scoreless for 5:41 to lead 15-7.
Navy then went on a 9-0 run of its own keyed by Fong. Worth Smith
hit two free throws and then Fong knocked down a pair of three pointers as Navy took a 16-15 lead. Bryant's Dyami Starks then scored eight points (and had 17 in the first half) during a run as Bryant built up a 31-25 lead. But two more three pointers by Fong during that stretch kept Navy within six at the 3:25 mark. Fong made four treys in a span of just 3:42.
The Mids then responded again to close the half on a 9-2 run and take a 34-33 halftime lead. Dunbar hit a pair of jumpers and senior James Loupos knocked down two free throws. The Bulldogs turned the ball over with 10 seconds left, their 12th turnover of the half, and Smith drilled a trey in the closing seconds of the first half.
Navy scored the first four points of the second half on baskets by Smith and Kelly to go up five at 38-33, but Bryant continued to hang close and took a lead at 42-40. The Mids took the lead right back on a three pointer by junior Brandon Venturini and then got a basket from Dunbar.
Bryant pulled within one at 51-50, but the Mids got two big three pointers, first one from Venturini and then one from Knorr as the shot clock expired to take a 57-51 lead. Bryant fought back with a 17-4 run with the key basket being a three pointer by Corey Maynard to give Bryant a 62-61 lead, which was extended to 68-61 before Dunbar converted a transition layup.
Dunbar then hit two free throws with 1:07 left to make it a three-point game at 68-65. Navy sent Maynard to the free-throw line, where he made both to extend the lead to five. Hemphill scored on a put-back layup on the next possession to pull Navy within three again at 70-67.
Navy then sent Maynard to the line again, where he missed the first of the double bonus set but made the second for the four-point lead at 71-67. Fong then hit his fifth three-pointer with 11.0 seconds left to pull Navy within one at 71-70.
Navy fouled Starks with 10.2 seconds remaining where he made his first free throws. Dunbar pushed the ball up and passed to Fong who came off a screen on the right wing and buried his sixth three of the game and his second of the last seven seconds with 4.6 seconds remaining. Bryant pushed the ball up but turned the ball over as time expired and the game went to overtime where Bryant outscored the Mids, 17-7.
Starks scored a game-high 23 points and Maynard chipped in with 22. Alex Francis had 19 points and eight rebounds and Dan Garvin had 12 points and 14 boards.
Navy made a season-high 13 three pointers and had 30 points off the bench. However, Navy struggled from the free throw line (11-of-22) and was outrebounded, 44-33.
"We didn't play well," DeChellis said. "It's hard when you give up 90 points. You're just not going to win on the road doing that. We didn't defend today, we didn't rebound the ball and we didn't make any free throws. You have to do the basics if you are going to win. We didn't really deserve to win this game. Give credit to Bryant. They made some big plays."
Navy will next play at Northern Kentucky on Saturday, December 21.