ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Freshman Matt Bell made his first
Army-Navy basketball game a memorable one Friday night, scoring 17
points to lead the Black Knights to a 52-50 win over the Mids at
The win snapped a 14-game losing streak for the Knights at
Alumni Hall, dating to Feb. 19, 1992 -- the first year the facility
was opened. It came before a crowd of 5,560, the largest home crowd
of the year for the Mids.
The Knights (5-13, 2-4 in Patriot League) had also lost 25 of
the last 27 games against Navy (3-16, 0-6).
Bell hit three straight 3-point shots to cap a 20-2 Army stretch
that covered the final four minutes of the first half and the first
five minutes of the second half to give the Knights a 37-30 lead
with 14:47 to play.
Navy came back to tie the game twice at 38-38 and 42-42, but
Bill Mohr put Army ahead to stay with a dunk with 5:07 to play and
added another score to put Army up 47-42 with 3:27 to play.
Navy still had a chance to tie or win the game in the closing
minute when Kwame Ofori scored with 13.6 seconds left to make it
52-50 and was fouled. Ofori missed a free throw after the basket,
but Navy retained possession.
After a time-out, Ofori missed a three-point try and Mohr
rebounded. Mohr missed two free throws to clinch the win with seven
seconds left and Navy's David Hooper rebounded, but Mohr blocked
Hooper's 3-point shot at the other end with .3 of a second left.
Navy failed to get another shot off.
On the inbounds Mohr scored all nine of his points in the second
half and also had a team-high eight rebounds.
Navy shot horribly from the field, making just 15 of 60 shots
(25 percent) and had 26 turnovers to Army's 25. But the Mids had 24
more shots than Army, which made 17 of 36 shots. Navy outrebounded
Navy made more three-point shots (8) than two-pointers (7). The
Mids were led by Ofori's 15 points and Hooper's 10 points.