Navy gets first conference win

ANNAPOLIS, MD-- MaGeorge O'Garro scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Navy's 82-71 victory over Colgate Friday night. O'Garro put up career high numbers as he led the Mids to their first victory in Patriot League play. Jon Simon scored 15 for the Red Raiders, who lost to Navy for the first time since Jan. 27, 2001.

Coming off an embarrassing 20-point loss to arch rival Army, the Midshipmen came out and played with the most energy they have played with all season. They were determined to get every lose ball, every rebound, and make every hustle play necessary to earn their first win. The bench was enthusiastic and on a few occasions Coach Billy Lange's energy and excitement took him out close to half court. The team that played with no emotion less than a week ago against Army was not the same team that showed up in Alumni Hall on Friday.

Along with the energy they brought to the gym, the Mids improved on some fundamental aspects as well, only turning the ball over 15 times, while forcing 25. Navy was also able to convert nearly 70% of their free throws, a vast improvement from games past. The Mids still are not shooting the ball particularly well, 40% from the field, and only 21% from behind the line on Friday. They did however, do a better job of getting the ball into the hands of the post players who have been their most reliable scorers. O'Garro was 7-12 on the night, which certainly helped take some of the defensive pressure off fellow big man Matt Fannin. Fannin scored 15 and has been the only consistent scorer for the Midshipmen over the past few games. Navy's leading scorer for the season, Senior forward, Laramie Mergerson, returned to the court for the first time since the Lafayette game on Jan. 8th. Recovering from a broken hand, he dropped in 9 points and grabbed 3 rebounds wearing a protective padded glove over his left hand.

The Mids will look to add to their new winning streak Sunday afternoon, when they host Bucknell at 2 pm.


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