BALTIMORE - The U.S. Naval Academy jumped out to an 11-2 lead in just over four minutes, and the Midshipmen never trailed Wednesday night in a 71-51 Patriot League victory over Loyola University Maryland in Reitz Arena.
The teams both scored on their first possessions, but then Loyola committed four turnovers in five trips down the court, miscues Navy (17-9 overall, 8-5 Patriot League) used to open up an early lead.
A Chancellor Barnard three with the shot clock expiring at 10:50 in the first half got Loyola back to three, 14-11, but Navy scored the next seven points, and the Greyhounds (8-16, 7-6) were never that close for the remainder of the game.
The Midshipmen shot 57.4 percent from the field in the game, 63.2 percent after halftime, and held Loyola to just 33.3 percent overall.
Tillman Dunbar converted 8-of-11 shots for 20 points to go with a game-high six assists, while Shawn Anderson added 18 for Navy. No Loyola player scored in double figures as Jarred Jones and Andre Walker each had eight points.
Cam Gregory had nine rebounds for the Greyhounds to lead all players.
Loyola is back in action Saturday afternoon when it hosts Boston University at 1 o’clock in Reitz Arena.