ANNAPOLIS – Host Navy (2-4) used a big first-half surge to take a 14-point halftime lead and handed the Retrievers (4-1) their first setback of the year, a 78-66 decision at Alumni Hall.
The Retrievers started well, taking a 15-7 lead on a Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) driving layup with 12:11 to play in the half. But Navy, which entered the game shooting just over 30 percent from behind the arc, caught fire from long range. The Mids hit six treys in a 22-5 run, which gave the hosts a 29-20 advantage at the 6:09 mark.
Navy led, 42-28, at the break, hitting 16-of-26 shots from the floor (61.5 percent) and 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from behind the arc. The Mids also outscored UMBC, 12-4, on fast break opportunities.
The Mids extended the margin to more than 20 points early in the second half. The Retrievers would not relent, and cut the deficit to 68-53 on a Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) with 6:45 remaining. But they would only score once more in the next 3:06 and Navy maintained a comfortable margin down the stretch.
Navy ended up shooting 55.8 percent for the game, hitting 29-of-52 shots, and converted 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) from behind the arc. UMBC rallied hit 52 percent in the first half and finished at 47.1 percent for the contest, converting 24-of-51 shots. But Navy outraced UMBC, 18-4, on fast-break points and converted 15 UMBC miscues into 21 points.
UMBC has the Thanksgiving break off and returns to action on Wed., Nov. 30 when they head back to Duquesne for a 7:00 p.m. tip. The Retrievers dropped an 89-70 decision to the Dukes last season.