ANNAPOLIS, JAN. 14 -- During a splendid stretch of Navy's 84-77 loss to Loyola of Baltimore tonight, the Midshipmen's run-and-shoot-and-shoot-and-shoot offense was flawless.
There also were unforgiving moments when the Midshipmen, who never met a shot opportunity they didn't take, were dreadful in front of 1,208 at Halsey Field House.
"With the way we play, we're going to force the tempo up," Navy Coach Pete Herrmann said. "Obviously, as you can see out there, we're in an offensive slump right now."
Case in point: The Midshipmen (5-9) fell behind by 24-5 after nine agonizing minutes during which they missed 13 straight shots and committed five turnovers.
But during one stretch, they scored 30 points for a 35-33 lead. They made four three-point shots, ran the fast break at every opportunity and forced Loyola into numerous turnovers.
Navy led by 39-37 at halftime and 45-43 early in the second half when the Greyhounds (6-8) scored 11 consecutive points to take the lead for good. During the time it took Loyola to build a 65-50 lead, Navy made one of 12 shots and committed three turnovers.
Let's go inside the numbers: 30 percent shooting overall, including five of 31 on three-point shots.
DeMatha High graduate Tracy Bergan had 24 points and 10 assists and three teammates scored in double figures as the Greyhounds played away from home for the 11th time this season.
St. John's graduate Eddie Reddick had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Navy, which shot 11 for 39 in the second half and has not won consecutive games this season.
After falling behind 72-56 with eight minutes left, the Midshipmen generated another big rush to get within four with 1:18 to go. However, Loyola's George Sereikas, who had missed his previous seven free throws, made four in a row to repel Navy's comeback bid.
"We've got to get back in a groove and start converting," said Herrmann, whose team will host Richmond Wednesday. "We're just not shooting well."
George Mason 74, ECU 72: In Greenville, N.C., George Mason built a 10-point lead in the second half and then held off East Carolina in a Colonial Athletic Association men's game before 4,700.
Mason, which had lost two straight CAA games, is 5-11 overall and 2-2 in league. The Pirates are 7-7 and 1-3.
Mike Hargett led the Patriots with 21 points.