Navy ‘wanted to win one’ at Veterans Clas­sic

Mids knock off Pitts­burgh, 71-62

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

Pitts­burgh coach Kevin Stallings has an en­tirely new team from a year ago. He brought in 11 new schol­ar­ship play­ers, most of any NCAA school. Pitt is one of only six pro­grams with no re­turn­ing starters and fea­tured nine play­ers (seven fresh­men, two trans­fers) who had never played in a Divi­sion I game.

So it stood to rea­son that Navy, which had eight re­turn­ing let­ter­men, in­clud­ing four starters, would have an ad­van­tage over Pitts­burgh in terms of chem­istry and co­he­sion Fri­day night. The Mid­ship­men used their ex­pe­ri­ence and team­work to earn a rare vic­tory over an At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence op­po­nent, 71-62, in the Fri­day night­cap of the Veterans Clas­sic be­fore an an­nounced 3,238 in An­napo­lis.

Se­nior guard Bryce Dulin led a bal­anced at­tack with 18 points as Navy main­tained a com­fort­able lead most of the way. Se­nior swing­man Shawn An­der­son had 15 points, nine re­bounds and five as­sists for the Mid­ship­men, who won for the first time in four tries in their own sea­son-open­ing tour­na­ment.

It was Navy’s first win over an ACC school since it beat Wake Forest in 1971.

Navy coach Ed DeChellis said it was mean­ing­ful for the Mid­ship­men to knock off a Power 5 con­fer­ence op­po­nent and get a win for this event.

“It’s im­por­tant. I’m not go­ing to down­play that. This is our fourth year and we wanted to win one,” DeChellis said. ”

ORE­GON 70, COP­PIN STATE 54: The de­but of for­mer Mary­land bas­ket­ball star Juan Dixon as coach of the Ea­gles started slowly, but his team out­played the Pac-12’s Ducks in the sec­ond half. De­juan Clay­ton and Tre’ Thomas led Cop­pin with 13 points each.

NO. 19 NORTH­WEST­ERN 79, LOY­OLA MARY­LAND 75: The Wild­cats, which won a first-round game in last year’s NCAA tour­na­ment, made de­fen­sive stops on three of the Grey­hounds’ last four pos­ses­sions to seal the vic­tory. An­drew Kostecka scored a ca­reer-high 22 points to lead Loy­ola.

BING­HAM­TON 76, MOR­GAN STATE 59: Trail­ing by a point at the half, the host Bearcats opened the sec­ond half with a 3-pointer from J.C. Show to spark a 19-2 run that put them on top for good. Phillip Carr led Mor­gan State with 14 points.

SMU 78, UMBC 67: Shake Mil­ton had 28 points and the host Mus­tangs over­came a seven-point half­time deficit to beat the Re­treivers in the sea­son opener for both teams. Jairus Lyles and Arkel La­mar scored 24 and 23 points, re­spec­tively, to lead the Retriev­ers, who shot 21 of 50 from the field (42 per­cent).

MARUQUETTE 80, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 59: An­drew Rowsey scored 23 points and Matt Heldt had 11 of his 13 points in the first half to help the host Ea­gles pull away early for a win over the Moun­taineers in the sea­son opener for both teams.

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