ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The U.S. Naval Academy committed just five turnovers and shot 49.1 percent from the field Wednesday afternoon and defeated Loyola University Maryland, 70-47, in the Patriot League opener for both teams at Alumni Hall.
Worth Smith led the Midshipmen's effort with 21 points and 10 rebounds, making 9-of-15 field goals. Tillman Dunbar added 13 points and had six assists without a turnover.
Tyler Hubbard hit a three and made a free throw after being fouled with 14:08 to play in the first half, giving Loyola (4-8 overall, 0-1 Patriot League) its first lead of the game, 13-11, but Smith responded with a Navy (5-8, 1-0) three 56 ticks later to put the Midshipmen back on top.
That sequence was the only time in the game that Navy trailed as it extended its advantage to nine, 37-26, at halftime.
Loyola cut the lead to seven early in the second half as Eric Laster and Cam Gregory had layups bookending one by Dunbar, but a Smith basket at 15:52 put the Midshipmen advantage in double-digits for the rest of the game.
Hubbard scored 16 points to lead Loyola, but all of his scoring came in the first half. He took just one second-half shot. Laster added 12, and Gregory led the Greyhounds with nine rebounds and three steals.
The Greyhounds open the home portion of their Patriot League schedule Saturday, Jan. 3, at 2 o'clock when they host the U.S. Military Academy in Reitz Arena.