- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2002

Although American and Navy are in the same area, the schools met for the first time in 11 seasons last night.
In a game between two teams trying to knock each other out of first place in the Patriot League, AU and Navy seemed awfully familiar with each other at Bender Arena. In a game full of hustle and scrappy play in which every basket had to be earned, the smallest man emerged as the biggest.
AU's Glenn Stokes, a 5-foot-7 guard, hit six 3-pointers and scored 14 second-half points on his way to a career-high 22 as the Eagles pulled out a 67-66 overtime victory before 1,865.
"That was a street fight, wasn't it?" said AU coach Jeff Jones. "It did have sort of a rivalry feel."
Coupled with Bucknell's loss, AU (11-9, 5-2) owns first place in the Patriot League.
The game had 16 lead changes, and neither team led by more than four points. Each team had more than its share of opportunities to win the game but failed to take advantage.
In the overtime, Stokes hit two 3-pointers to give AU the lead. Scott Long who had scored the tying basket in regulation, missed the second of two free throws with 15 seconds left that would have tied the game. Steve Miles (17 points) hit two free throws and Keith Gray one to seal the win.
"I wanted it. If I don't score in a game and we lose, I feel I could have done something," Stokes said. "Every shot I shot, I had to make it."
Said Navy's Jehiel Lewis: "You've got to give [Stokes] all the credit in the world. He hit shots at clutch times."
Navy (9-13, 4-3) scored first and the teams traded baskets until Miles' floater gave AU a 63-62 lead with 1:08 to play. With 31.5 seconds to go, Gray made one of two free throws.
In regulation, Navy didn't score in the final 4:06 until, down 55-51, Lewis made a driving layup and was fouled with 17.1 seconds to play. Lewis missed the free throw but grabbed the rebound, and Scott Long scored a layup with 8.2 seconds left to force overtime.
Navy's Kyle Barker, who made 33 straight free throws earlier this season, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:17 to go and the Mids trailing by two points. The Eagles struggled with free throws themselves. Patrick Doctor made just two of 11 attempts, failing to provide the Eagles with points that could have proved critical.
The Mids didn't help themselves on the boards, where they surrendered 16 offensive rebounds to AU.
"We were both playing for No. 1, and that's what this game looked like," Lewis said. "That's the kind of game you like to play in."
Miles helped carry the Eagles through stretches with and without Doctor by recording a career-high 14 rebounds.
Navy fell to 1-7 on the road this season.

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