ANNAPOLIS —- Navy certainly isn’t in bad shape at the break, holding a xx-xx lead on sixth-seeded Colgate in the Patriot League quarterfinals.
But it’s tough to shake the sense the Raiders are hanging around a little longer than necessary.
Navy was up 10 with 5:50 before the break, and had some chances to push things out. Instead, Colgate finally made a few shots and closed within 24-21 before Navy countered toward the end of the half.
Colgate lost arguably its best player for the year even before the season started, and later another starter for the season with just a month to play. With all respect, the Raiders’ mind is willing, but its body unable —- they aren’t bad so much as incomplete. It happens.
But to their credit, they’ve hung around —- and that’s even while shooting 2-for-8 at the foul line.
Kaleo Kina has 11 points for Navy, which is 20 minutes away from its first 20-win season since 2000 and a likely date with Holy Cross in Worcester on Sunday.
—- Patrick Stevens