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Three Keys Revisited: Navy Midshipmen vs Boston Terriers

The snow induced scheduling nightmare of three games in three states in five days caught up with the Mids on Wednesday was they fell 83-72 to Boston University at home. Navy was looking to back up its Star Game victory over Army, but was unable to slow down a hot shooting Terriers team that was only the third team, and the second in regulation, to put more than 80 points in the Mids this season.

The snow induced scheduling nightmare of three games in three states in five days caught up with the Mids on Wednesday was they fell 83-72 to Boston University at home. Navy was looking to back up its Star Game victory over Army, but was unable to slow down a hot shooting Terriers team that was only the third team, and the second in regulation, to put more than 80 points in the Mids this season.

Here is a look back at the three keys for Wednesday night’s game:

1. Fight the fatigue – Fail

It would be very easy to blame this loss on nothing other than fatigue. The Navy coaches and players will be loath to even admit this was a problem, but there are some factors that indicate this was far from a routine Navy performance. The first is that Boston was just unconscious from the field as a team. This will be looked at more later, but the Terriers shot 58-percent from the field and 60-percent from three point range, numbers that just do not happen against this Mids defense. Also Navy was 2-of-16 from three point range and missed its last 10 attempts from downtown as a team. This is a sure sign that the players’ legs were gone as the accuracy disappeared. The 34 free throws shot by Boston U would also be indicative of a team that was feeling tired and sluggish on the court.

2. Have a balanced scoring attack – Fail

When Navy played Boston on Jan 6 the Mids had five different players that scored 11 or more points. Naby also had three players tied for the team high with 16 points, meaning that the Terriers had to guard every position on the court every time Navy got into its half court sets. This time around however there was zero balance to the scoring, making Navy far easier to defend as the game went on. Jace Hogan was the game’s high scorer with 22 and he was closely followed in the scoring stakes by Tilman Dunbar who put in 20. The problem though was that Will Kelly (10) was the only other Mids player to score more than five points and that three starters combined for just 12 points on the day.

3. Keep up the defensive intensity – Fail

This was without doubt the single biggest reason for Navy losing to Boston U. As was mentioned earlier the Terriers shot 58-percent from the field and 60-percent from three point range. Navy cannot hope to win games when the opposition shoots this well, especially the 9-of-15 from three point range part of the total. Navy thrives by keeping its opponent in the 60-70 point range, but the defensive intensity was off from the beginning as Boston U scored 45 points in the first half. Chalk this down as a bad day at the office and see how the Mids respond this weekend against Colgate.


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