ANNAPOLIS, JAN. 13 -- Curtis Pride made a couple of decisions easy for William and Mary Coach Chuck Swenson tonight. The first was to let Pride do his thing with eight seconds to go in a tie game. The second, after Pride's full-court jaunt and 10-foot jumper beat Navy, 67-65, might surprise Swenson's wife tomorrow morning, when she is scheduled to give birth to the couple's second child.
"If it's a boy, his name is Curtis," an elated Swenson said. "His middle name is Curtis, too: Curtis Curtis. Two straight wins and a new baby . . . How much better can it get?"
Not much better for Pride, the former Kennedy High School soccer national player of the year. The 6-foot sophomore guard took the inbounds pass and drove down the right sideline against Erik Harris, cut to the middle near the top of the key and sunk his fallaway in the lane with one second remaining.
"I was just trying to penetrate and get a high-percentage shot for someone," said Pride. "No one was open, and I felt myself wide open in the lane."
To that point, Mark Batzel had been most of the Tribe's offense. The 6-6 senior forward scored a career-high 28 points, including 12 of 14 foul shots. Tim Trout added 15 points and 15 rebounds, as William and Mary (4-9 overall, 1-1 in the CAA) shot just 38 percent.
Neither team led by more than five in the back-and-forth second half. Reserve guard Joe Gottschalk ignited the Midshipmen (4-7, 0-2) with three three-pointers in the final 7:45.
William and Mary led by eight points late in the first half, but Navy used a 10-0 run in the final 1:30 before the intermission to take a 35-33 halftime lead.