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Lafayette 72, Navy 54

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Lafayette snapped an 11-game losing streak and achieved its first Patriot League victory this season with an emphatic 72-54 win over visiting Navy on Saturday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center in Easton. Pa.

Lafayette, which was in the throes of its longest losing skid since losing 23 straight games through the end of the 1994-95 season and the start of 1995-96, improved to 5-16 overall and 1-9 in the Patriot.

Navy, which lost for the fifth straight time, fell to 7-14 overall and 2-8 in the conference.

Lafayette junior guard Joey Ptasinski led all scorers with a season-high six 3-pointers and 22 points. Junior forward Dan Trist added 17 for the Leopards. Junior forward Worth Smith led Navy with 15 points.

Lafayette took control of a close game by going on a 16-2 tear from 14:32 to 8:50 in the second half, opening what was a Leopards’ 45-44 lead into a 61-46 advantage, behind Ptasinski’s 6-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.

Navy was just 18 of 53 from the field, while Lafayette was 23 of 40 (57 percent) from the floor.