Kevin Sinnett found a perfect way to atone for defeat today. Annoyed with himself for somewhat imperfect play in a three-point loss of Georgetown Wednesday, the 6-foot-6 junior made all 10 of his field-goal attempts and all eight free-thrown tries to lead Navy to a 69-60 victory over St. Francis of Loretto, Pa.
In the process, Sinnett raised his three-year total to 1,006, becoming the sixth, 1,000-point scorer in Navy basketball history.
Navy, in raising its record to 9-5, gave a bug lift to its hopes of a berth in the postseason ECAC Tournament, a preliminary to the NCAA tourney. St. Francis, which came here with an 8-2 mark, is one of the teams the Mids must beat out.
"Getting 1,000 points is nice," said Sinnett, a product of St. John's High in Washington. "The big thing thoug, is breating a team with a good record that's in our division in the ECAC. My goal this year is to get in the playoffs and beating them helped a lot.
"I was disappointed in myself against Georgetown. The team played real good but I didn't think I contributed much. If I'd played better, I think we would have beaten then. So today I wanted to prove something to myself and some other people."
Sinnett was stunned to learn he had made all his shots and, asked if he had ever accomplished that feat in high school, said. "I don't remember anything like that - ever."
Sinnett had to gfight for most of his shots under the basket against a swarming St. Francis zone defense that shifted from 3-2 to 2-1-2 to 2-3.
"Those two kids inside, (Larry) Walker and (Charles) Kates, were rough under the boards," Sinnett said. "They were physical and it was tough, to block them out. They probably got the most rebounds, but Hank (Kuzma) and I got the important ones."
Actually, the Frankies had a 42-32 edge on the boards, with Sinnett and 6-2 Bob Scott grabbing nine apices for Navy. Kuzma, held to four and six assists.
The Mids never trailed, hitting six of their first seven shots to pull into a 12.8 lead and expanding it to 35-22 by halftime. St. Francis, which came in with a 52 per cent shooting record, managed only 34 per cent in the first half and 32 per cent overall.
Navy was breezing at 53-37 when the Frankies ripped off eight straight points. But kuzma, alone at the other end, Snapped the drought and blunted a tenancious full-court press by grabbing Vic Smith's 93-foot in-bounds pass and dropping in a layup. o Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles.