Sophomore guard Greg Brown made the decisive three-point play with 56 seconds remaining, and the Saint Francis Red Flash turned back the Navy Midshipmen on Veterans Day.
Brown was scoreless until his game-winning basket, which elevated the Red Flash in a very contentious game that included 11 lead changes and 16 ties. Freshman guard Malik Harmon led Saint Francis (1-1) with 20 points, while forward Earl Brown amassed 11 points and nine rebounds to finish just shy of a double-double.
Forward Worth Smith, the Midshipmen's top scorer and rebounder last season, set the pace with 16 points. Post Will Kelly compiled 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Guard Brandon Venturini contributed 11 points for Navy (0-2), which went 3-of-14 from beyond the arc to extend its streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 307 contests and counting.
Navy led by as many as six, 40-34, with 14:22 remaining in the second half when Saint Francis mounted a 7-0 run to get back into the game. The margin stayed within one possession the rest of the way.
The Midshipmen won the battle of the boards, 38-24, but committed 17 turnovers. Saint Francis prevailed despite going 15-of-26 from the line, with eight missed free throws in the second half.
This was the schools' first meeting on the hardwood since 1980, and the first Saint Francis game played at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in 40 years. The Red Flash won't play their first true home game at DeGol Arena, which is undergoing renovation, until Nov. 30 against American.