Men’s Basketball Loses 100-91 to Navy

Paul Kasabian

The men’s basketball team ended the first half of the Patriot League season with a 100-91 loss at Navy on Saturday night, keeping the squad in a tie for last place.

Sophomore guard Jordan Sugars led Navy’s offensive onslaught with 34 points and nine rebounds. He also made six-of-eight three-pointers, leading Navy to a 60 percent three-point percentage (15-of-25) for the night. Chris Harris scored 25 points, and O.J. Avworo had 14 points and 10 assists.

Senior guard Kyle Roemer scored 27 of his 31 points in the second half to keep the Raiders in the game. Roemer also grabbed a career-high 11 boards. First-year Mitch Rolls scored 15 points on five three-pointers to go along with seven assists. All those numbers are career-highs for Rolls. Sophomore forward Yaw Gyawu also had 15 points. Senior forward Ben Jonson and sophomore forward Sterling Melville each had 12 points. For Melville, the 12 points were a career-high.

The Midshipmen controlled play for the majority of the first half. After Rolls hit a three-pointer to give Colgate an early 5-3 lead, Navy went on a 19-6 run buoyed by four three-pointers. Leading 22-11 at this juncture, the Midshipmen maintained a double-digit lead for much of the game. Rolls would hit another three-pointer to bring the Raiders within seven points at 43-36, but Romeo Garcia hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in the half to give Navy a 46-36 halftime lead.

With 7:29 left in the second half, the Midshipmen held a 78-63 lead after a three-pointer from Avworo. Colgate countered with a 10-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Rolls. Sugars stopped the bleeding with a layup, giving Navy an 80-73 advantage with 5:30 left in the game. Just over one minute later, Roemer connected on a three-point play, bringing ‘Gate to within 83-80. Sugars responded with a three-pointer, which Roemer promptly answered back with a layup. With the Midshipmen leading by four, Sugars hit another trifecta, giving Navy an 89-82 lead. The Raiders and Midshipmen would jostle back and forth until Jonson hit a three-pointer with 1:31 left in the game that brought Colgate to within a 93-88 deficit. Navy, however, hit seven-of-eight free throws from that point onward to seal the game.

The Raiders had not given up 100 or more points since a 101-63 loss at Syracuse in December 2003.

Colgate will finish its three-game road trip with contests against Army and Lafayette. Tip-off against the Black Knights will take place on Sunday, February 7 at noon, while the Raiders take on the Leopards on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m.