With its 58-52 loss to Richmond last night, the Navy men's basketball team fell to 0-3--its worst start since opening 0-5 in 1992, Coach Don DeVoe's first year at the Academy. The Midshipmen finished 8-19 that season, their only losing campaign under DeVoe.
Charles Stephens, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, was one of three players to score in double figures for the Spiders (1-1) in the sloppily played contest.
The two teams combined for 52 turnovers, 28 by Navy. The combined shooting percentage was 37.1, with Navy making 38.3 percent of its attempts.
Richmond's last field goal attempt was a successful jumper by Kinte Smith that gave the Spiders a 52-49 lead. Navy got off four shots down the stretch, but none was good after Chris Williams's steal and layup at 2:42. Williams was fouled on the play, and made the free throw to tie it 52-52. He finished with a game-high 16 points.
ST. PETER'S 71, NAVY 53: Senior guard Lawanda Greene scored 17 points as the host Peahens pulled away from the Midshipmen in the second half in Jersey City, N.J. St. Peter's reserves scored 41 of the team's points, as the Peahens improved to 2-0 on the season.
Navy (1-1) was led by Erica Hayes, who scored 22 points and added six rebounds. Hayes, a senior center, increased her career points total to 999, and will have a chance to break the 1,000 mark Saturday in her home town when Navy visits Louisiana-Lafayette.