ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Greg Sprink scored 27 points and Navy beat
American for the first time in 15 years, 77-68 on Wednesday night.
Adam Teague added a career-high 19 points for Navy, which had
lost 11 straight games to the Eagles and had never beaten them in
eight previous Patriot League meetings. The win also marked the
first time American had lost on Navy's current home court, Alumni
Hall, which opened in 1991. Navy had not beaten American in
Annapolis since Jan. 17, 1987.
Navy (8-10, 1-4) trailed American (6-13, 2-4) 37-31 at halftime,
but rallied to take a 49-48 lead with 12:04 to play when Kaleo Kina
made three free throws.
Sprink made three straight 3-pointers and later hit two more to
give Navy a 61-56 lead. He finished 7-of-10 from 3-point range.
Matt Fannin reinjured his left knee early in the second half,
but returned to help the Midshipmen down the stretch. He gave Navy
the lead for good at 58-56 with a basket with 6:26 left and
finished with eight points, five assists and five rebounds. Corey
Johnson added nine rebounds and six assists. Teague was 11-of-12
from the line as Navy made 19 of 23 free throws, including eight
straight, to close the game.