Men’s Basketball Can’t Complete Second Half Comeback, Falls at Navy, 50-44

No. 2 Daniel Munoz
No. 2 Daniel Munoz

After a slow first half in Annapolis on Wednesday night, the American men's basketball mounted a comeback in the second period against Navy, tying the game on two occasions, but could not move past the Midshipmen late, falling 50-44. Fresh off his impressive overtime and buzzer-beater against Holy Cross, senior Daniel Munoz posted a game high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

The American (10-16, 5-6 PL) offense could not get going early against Navy (8-19, 2-9 PL), starting 3-of-13 from the field and finishing the half just 4-of-18 for a season low 12 points. The Eagles were able to contain the Midshipmen however, trailing by just nine at the break.

"Navy was the aggresor in this game and we were able to survive the first half," said head coach Jeff Jones. "For the handfull of good things that we did do in the second half, there were lapses and hustle plays we didn't make that made the difference."

The Eagles outscored Navy, 32-29, in the second stanza battling back from a 12-point deficit, eventually taking the tying the game at 30-all on a 3-pointer from senior Mike Bersch.

The Midshipmen answered with two quick baskets but free throws by senior Stephen Lumpkins and a lay-in by junior Tony Wroblicky tied it up again at 34-all with 10:52 to play.

Another 5-0 run seemed to put Navy in control but the Eagles once again answered with four-straight points on free throws by Munoz and a layup by Lumpkins to make it a one-point game at 7:26.

AU would stay within two points of Navy with just over a minute left, but the Midshipmen scored six-straight points before a late Eagle field goal.

Navy used an 11-2 advantage in fast-break scoring while having three players register double-digit points and Will Kelly grab a game-high 13 rebounds. It was also the clutch free throws of freshman Tillman Dunbar, who knocked down four from line in the final minute to help the Midshipmen to victory.

Lumpkins posted his fourth-straight double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while pushing his streak of double-digit point games to 25.

Wroblicky was strong in 23 minutes posting seven points, six rebounds, an assists and a steal. Sophomore John Schoof was held in check offensively, hitting just one 3-pointer, but dished out five helpers.

The Eagles return to Bender Arena on Saturday, February 23, for the final regular season home game and Senior Day! AU will take on Army at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX.