Brown’s 23 leads Lafayette to 84-69 win over Navy

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EASTON, Pa. (AP)—Andrew Brown scored 23 points and Jared Mintz had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Lafayette to an 84-69 victory over Navy on Saturday.

Jeff Kari had 14 points for Lafayette (6-11, 2-1 Patriot League), which sank 27 of 30 free throws.

Chris Harris and Kaleo Kina each scored 16 points and Adam Teague had 15 for Navy (13-5, 2-1).

The Leopards went on a 9-0 first-half run to take a 32-24 lead. Kina hit a free throw to narrow the margin to 36-34 with just over two minutes remaining, but a 3-pointer by Ben Wheeler in the final seconds gave Lafayette a 43-38 lead at the break.

Foul shots and a layup by Kari in the opening minutes of the second half helped Lafayette extend its lead to 50-38 with 17:29 remaining. Kina cut the deficit to 58-55 with a three-point play and made it a one-point game 2 1/2 minutes later, but Ryan Willen hit a 3-pointer and Kari hit a foul shot to make it 64-59 with 6:36 remaining.

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