ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Taj Mathews scored a career-high 26 points
Sunday to lead Navy to an 84-69 win over Army.
Mathews hit 6-of-14 3-pointers in his final Army-Navy game, and
the Mids had five players score in double figures. Mathews also
added a career-high eight rebounds for the Mids.
Greg Sprink added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Mids, his
second career double-double. Sprink made 4-of-8 3-pointers as the
Mids made a season-best 13 threes on a season-high 34 attempts.
The win took away some of the sting for the Mids after a 63-43
loss at Army on Jan. 23. It also prevented Army from sweeping the
series for the first time since 1992.
Navy held a big rebounding advantage over the Knights, 47-29,
and made 23 free throws to Army's 12.
The two teams tried 57 3-pointers between them. Navy's 3-point
totals were the second most in school history.
Navy never trailed in the game, jumping to a 12-1 lead as Army
missed its first seven shots and didn't score a basket over the
game's first six minutes.
The Mids ran their lead to 15 and led by 34-19 before Army went
on a 13-0 run to end the half.
Navy didn't score over the final 4:22 of the half, missing its
final six shots. The teams were tied at 37 with 18:38 to play, but
Navy ran off a 14-2 run to go up 51-39 with 14:10 to play.
The Knights rallied back to within 71-67 with 3:50 to play, as
Carter hit three 3-pointers during a 15-7 Army run.