College Basketball: Navy Midshipmen run away from Boston University Terriers

The Navy men’s basketball team moved to 11-5 on the season (2-1 in Patriot League play) with a big win over Boston University on Wednesday night. The 83-67 win means that this is now the Mids best start to a season since opening 11-4 in the 2008-09 season.

The victory was a lesson in unselfish, team basketball as Navy had three players as joint leading scorers with 16 points. Will Kelly, Shawn Anderson and Tilman Dunbar all reached that mark, with Jace Hogan adding 13 and Tim Abruzzo pouring in 11 more points as Navy had five guys hit double figures.

The box score for this game was especially interesting. Navy was actually down 30-28 at the half as the Mids shooters could not get anything going. In the second half though it was like throwing stones in the ocean as Navy scored an astonishing 55 points to pull away from the Terriers late in the game. Overall Navy shot 54 percent from the field and when combined with the lockdown defense this squad has shown at times this season it was never going to be feasible for Boston to keep up.

One of the keys for the Mids this year was always going to be hitting their free throws. 

Against Boston Navy was able to get to the charity stripe at will, drawing fouls on drives and with excellent movement around the basket. When Navy did get to the foul line they made the Terriers pay, making 21 of 26 free throws and keeping the scoreboard ticking over. If Navy can continue to draw fouls and shoot this well when at the line they are going to be a difficult team for anyone in the Patriot League to beat.

The win was also a historic one as it was the Mids first ever over BU. Before this contest the series stood at 6-0 in favor of the Terriers and it was important that Navy get a win over Boston before the streak gained momentum and took on a life of its own. After a Dunbar basket gave the Mids the lead for good with eight minutes left it was interesting to see BU fall apart with a couple of flagrant and technical fouls down the stretch.

Next up for the Mids is a trip to Hamilton, New York, on Saturday to take on Colgate. Top Stories