The Navy basketball team enjoyed changes of scene and caliber of opposition tonight, routing Haverford College, 91-43, at Halsey Field House.
The victory over the NCAA Division III Fords evened Navy's record at 1-1 after a 22-point loss in its opener at Maryland Friday night. Haverford, playing the only Division I team on its schedule, is 0-3.
Navy held a 37-29 lead at halftime before Haverford's world fell apart. The Mids outscored the Fords, 54-14, over the final 20 minutes, but that tells just part of the story.
In a four-minute stretch, Haverford lost the ball eight times without getting off a shot while the Mids increased their advantage from 10 to 20 points to lead, 53-33, with 12:15 to play.
Navy scored practically at will the rest of the game. Haverford, which committed seven turnovers in the first half, had 22 in the second half.
"The kids knew what they wanted to do but they just panicked," Haverford Coach Tony Zanin said. "They (Navy) got three quick transition baskets and the kids went south. We made passes we shouldn't have made and they took advantage of them."
Navy started the game without 6-foot-7 center John Geshay, who turned an ankle against Maryland and reinjured it at practice Sunday. That still left Navy with a rare height advantage; Haverford, without injured 6-8 center Jim Carter, didn't have a player taller than 6-6.
Returning for the Mids was Dave Brooks, last year's leading scorer, who has a broken hand and missed the Maryland game. The sophomore guard came in midway through the first half and immediately popped a jumper from the corner. Navy held a 28-27 lead with three minutes left in the first half when Brooks scored seven points in 46 seconds and Kevin Cotherman hit a layup off a fast break. Haverford scored just one time, and the 9-2 edge gave the Mids a more comfortable lead at intermission.