Looking back at Wednesday night’s action …
FORTUNES RISING, TEAM
Navy. The Midshipmen were going to better than they were last year, because it would have been hard for them to be as bad as they were last year.
But you know what? Ed DeChellis might just have an interesting (if young) bunch on his hands.
Navy is 5-5 after thrashing Monmouth 85-66, and while that might not sound overly riveting, the Hawks are the best team the Mids have knocked off —- and they did it away from Alumni Hall, no less.
A month ago, some guy wrote this about the Mids: “A long rebuilding process is underway, but that doesn’t mean the Mids can’t snatch a few victories both before and during league play. Anything close to 10 wins would be impressive.”
With such a solid start, Navy has reason to be be disappointed if it doesn’t get to 10 wins.
FORTUNES RISING, INDIVIDUAL
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson. The Georgetown transfer dropped 29 points (a career-best) and 10 rebounds in Towson’s 68-64 victory at Vermont.
Benimon was lost in the shuffle at Georgetown, but he’s made a significant impact on the Tigers. Last night was his fourth double-double in six games as Towson won its first true road game since Dec. 29, 2010.
Loyola. The Greyhounds get credit for erasing a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes against Niagara, but they still stumbled 61-60 in their Metro Atlantic opener.
“I was not pleased by our energy tonight,” coach Jimmy Patsos said afterward. “We stopped having energy on defense, and they took advantage of that.”
The reality of the MAAC’s schedule —- two December games as teams are in their formative stages —- places an onus on Loyola’s date with St. Peter’s on Saturday. However, this simply wasn’t the sort of game the 7-3 Greyhounds should have lost in the first place.
Games between Maryland’s 100-point showings. The Terrapins crushed Maryland-Eastern Shore 100-68, their first visit to the 100-point plateau since a 106-52 pummeling of Longwood on Feb. 9, 2011.
Virginia earned a predictably unsightly 46-38 victory over Tennessee, which was coming off a 36-point showing against Georgetown. The Cavaliers are 3-11 under Tony Bennett when scoring less than 50 points, including victories over Clemson (2010-11) and Drexel (2011-12) … James Madison opened on a 21-5 run en route to a blowout of East Tennessee State. The Dukes (3-5) won their second straight behind A.J. Davis (17 points).
American (3-5) takes a short trip up I-95 to face UMBC (2-6). It will be the Retrievers’ fourth game in eight days. … Howard (2-6), fresh off its defeat of American on Tuesday, visits 4-3 William & Mary.
—- Patrick Stevens