Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mount finds a way in win at Navy

Maybe it never should have gotten to overtime.

But the fact of the matter is, it did. And once it did, the Mount controlled the overtime outscoring the Midshipmen 11-2 in the extra five minutes to come away with a 65-56 win at Alumni Hall in Annapolis.

The Mount led the whole game, literally the whole game. It took a 2-0 lead on an inside move from Shawn Atupem 17 seconds into the game and held the lead until Navy tied it on two free throws by Romeo Garcia with 22 seconds left to force overtime.

The Mount scored the first six points in the extra session on three free throws from Jeremy Goode and a high arching three-pointer from Jean Cajou that beat the shot clock to take control.

Navy could manage only two free throws in the extra session. Chris Harris, who had made 38 straight free throws made 1 of 2 on two different occasions as the Mount came away with the win. Kelly Beidler, who made several key defensive plays on the evening while grabbing 14 rebounds, converted four free throws in the extra session to seal the win.

The Mount held Harris, who scored 37 in a win over Towson earlier in the week, without a point in the first half as it built a 32-23 advantage. But Navy played better in the second half as Harris scored 15 points in the second half.

The Mount led by six with 1:58 left but committed two turnovers and missed a free throw in the closing moments to allow Navy the opportunity to force overtime.

Goode led the Mount with 18, while Cajou had 16 and Atupem finished with 11. Beidler had 9 points, 4 blocks and 5 steals to go along with his game-high 14 rebounds and Tayvon Jackson played well contributing 5 points and 8 rebounds.

I'll have some more thoughts and observations on the game tomorrow.

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