American tops Navy, 66-60

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Jason Thomas scored 17 points as American University defeated Navy 66-60 in their 2004-05 Patriot League home opener.

The Mids put forth a respectable effort with junior forward Matt Fannin leading the way with 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. With a one-point lead at the half, American came out strong in the second half and pushed the lead to as much as 12. The visitors were sparked by the play of point guard Linas Lekavicius who dished out 6 assists and shooting guard Jason Thomas who had a game-high 17 points. Navy chipped away at American's lead but were not able to get it under 4. Navy's half court offense was solid and the Mid's continued to get open looks at the basket. However, they couldn't convert as they shot 30% from the floor and 27% from behind the arch. Normally reliable sharpshooter, David Hooper, was just 2-15 on the night, and freshman guard Corey Johnson only 2-11.

A bright spot for the Mids was their ability to handle American's defensive pressure. Navy committed only 11 turnovers, which is much lower than their season average of 23. Coach Billy Lange continued his starting rotation of freshman trio Corey Johnson, Greg Sprink, and Ben Biles along with Taj Mathews and Fannin. The young trio continues to show promise as the core of Navy basketball's future. Their efforts however, along with Fannin's outstanding performance were not enough to get past an older and more mature American team.

The loss dropped Navy to 0-2 in league play, 4-10 overall. The Mids will look to get their first league win on Saturday (2:00 PM) as they play host to Lehigh. Top Stories