Navy (4-2), shooting a woeful 41 percent as a team hopes the shooting eyes return in time for tonight's first-round game against Lehigh (3-2) in the Hatter Tournament in Leland, Fla., at 6:30 p.m.
Host Stetson meets Houston Baptist in the other game at 8:30.
In the other major area college games tonight, 14th-ranked Virginia (9-1) entertain Wake Forest (6-3) in an ACC contest at 7:30.
Navy, playing Lehigh for the first time in 45 years, is averaging only 64 points per game. Fortunately, its defense, allowing 61 points per game, has been excellent. the Middies also have played well in the final minutes, as their close wins over American, 69-68, and Delaware, 64-62, indicate.
Navy's 6-foot-7 junior center, John Geshay, who had a two-year 2.9 scoring average, has been the big surprise. He is averaging 12.2 points and garbbing 6.8 rebounds per game, both team highs. Geshey, shooting 68 percent from the floor, scored only 93 points last year as a part-time starter.
Jan Myers and David Brooks, inserted in the starting lineup to replace slumping guard Chuck Greene, are averaging 11.5 and 11.2, respectively. Brooks, a 6-1 freshman, scored 20 points in his start against Penn two weeks ago.
Virginia will go into its game without the services of its top scorer, Jeff Raker (15 2). The junior forward suffered a slightly separated shoulder and a concussion when he was knocked to the floor in the Virginia-Old Dominion title game of the Richmond Times-Dispatch tournament last week.
Virginia easily won the physical battle, 79-58, for its third consecutive triumph. The Cavaliers' only loss this season was to San Jose State, 73-69.
Ralph Sampson, the Cavs' 7-4 freshman center, has begun to come on lately. He had a total of 37 points and 32 rebounds in the two Virginia wins in the tournament. Sampson is now averaging 13.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Jeff Lamp and Mike Owens are the other two big scorers in the Cavs' balanced scoring attack, with 14.7 and 9.1 averages.
Wake Forest starts four sophomores and one senior, Bennie McKeg. Center Jim Johnstone (6-10) and point guard Mike Helms are the key players for the Deacons.
Wake Forest, winners of five of its last six games, has not played an ACC game. Virginia is 1-0 in the conference with a victory over Georgia Tech.