Mount's Second Half Rally Falls Short at Navy

Annapolis, Md. (November 27, 2011)—Mount St. Mary's saw its second-half rally fall short in a 64-56 loss at Navy on Sunday night.  Freshmen Kelvin Parker and Chad Holley finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Mountaineers.

Trailing 43-29 three minutes into the second half, the Mount cut the margin to 57-54 on a Holley three—point field goal with 3:08 left in the game.  Navy's Jordan Sugars answered with a three-pointer on the next possession to give the Midshipmen a six-point lead.  Navy was able to close out the win from there.

Parker scored eight straight points for the Mount (1-4) to start the second-half surge.  Parker's three-pointer with 12:50 left in the game cut the Navy advantage to 45-39.

Navy (3-4) pushed the margin back to 12 points with 6:45 left, but Holley scored the Mount's next seven points to cut the gap to 57-45.

Parker, making his second career start, had 14 points and three assists while Holley added all of his career-high 11 points in the second half to pace the Mount.

Raven Barber added eight points with Danny Thompson and Kristijan Krajina chipping in seven each in the loss.

J.J. Avilla led Navy with 19 points with Sugars chipping in a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Mount shot 55.6 percent in the second half to finish 20-of-43 (.465) from the field in the game.  The Mount, however, had 20 turnovers that led to 20 Navy points.  Navy shot 45.8 percent in the game and had 16 miscues.

Navy used an 11-0 run midway through the first half to take the lead.  After a Barber bucket evened the score at 14-14, the Midshipmen went on the run that was capped by a Sugars three-pointer.

The Mount trailed 34-21 late in the half, but used back-to-back baskets to cut the margin to nine at the break.  Freshman Xavier Owens converted a nice drive in the lane with 55 seconds left before Thompson had a steal and a dunk to cut the deficit to 34-25 at the half.

The Mountaineers shot 40.0 percent (10-of-25) in the first half, but committed 10 turnovers that led to 13 Navy points.  Navy hit 14-of-30 (.467) from the field in the opening half.

The Mount returns to action on Thursday, December 1, when St. Francis (N.Y.) visits Knott Arena for the Northeast Conference opener.  Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Game Notes:  Navy now holds an 9-6 lead in the all-time series that began in 1919…This is the fifth consecutive year the Mount and Navy have met.