The Mids dropped their second game in a row on Saturday, a worry trend given that Navy is in the middle of a streak of four games in just eight days. After an awful loss against American, Navy had Holy Cross against the ropes at the Hart Center before the Mids awful run in that particular building continued with an overtime defeat. The loss was the Mids 17th in 18 attempts at the Crusaders home venue and means that work must be done quickly if Navy is to have any shot at a regular season patriot League title.
Here is a look back at the three keys to see where Navy went wrong:
1. Shake off Wednesday – Pass
The Mids actually did a pretty good job of coming out after a loss and stamping their way of play on a road game right from the beginning. Navy led this contest from the second minute until there were just 13 seconds left in regulation. This is when Anthony Thompson tied the game at 69-69 and sent the contest into overtime. The most frustrating aspect of this was that right before the basket Edward Alade had two foul shots that, if made, would have sealed the game. Instead Alade missed both and Holy Cross forced the extra period having pulled the game back from a 12-point hole and with all the momentum on their side.
2. Watch out for Karl Charles – Pass
Navy completely took freshman sensation Karl Charles out of the game both offensively and defensively. Charles was essentially a non-factor, playing only 24 minutes before fouling out with just four points. The Mids held Charles to 0-percent from the field as he missed all five shots he attempted, but saw him go 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The only thing Charles was able to do to stop his game being a total bust was dish out seven assists in his limited minutes. Unfortunately for Navy the focus on Charles let other players get loose. Malachi Alexander had a career high 26 points, including going 7-of-8 from the foul line in overtime, while Cullen Hamilton added a season high 24 points to the Crusaders total.
3. Score 60 points – Pass
The streak is over. It seemed fairly obvious as soon as I had mentioned that the Mids were 15-0 in games this season when scoring 60 points or more they would go ahead and score more than 60 in a loss. That is exactly what happened here as Navy scored 80 but still found a way to go down to defeat. It is not even like this can all be pushed on the overtime period, though clearly that did inflate the score. The Mids entered overtime tied at 69 so the stat basically just fell apart on the day.