George Washington University tries for its 10th consecutive victory over Navy and MEAC-leading Howard entertains conference rival Maryland-Eastern Shore in area college basketball tonight.

In other games, surprising Catholic hosts James Madison University and Gallaudet welcomes York. All the contests begin at 8 p.m., except GW Navy at 7:15 in Annapolis.

GW has not dropped a decision to the Midshipmen since 1969 and posted a 65-59 victory last year at the Smith Center. The Colonials have won six of their last seven outings, lifting their record to 11-5, the same level they reached the last two seasons after 16 games.

Navy, 9-7, has played only one game, a 75-68 loss at Fordham, in the last 13 days. That was the third loss in Navy's last four tests.

The Mids have relied on the inside abilities of 6-6 center Hank Kuzma (16.8 points per game, 8.6 rebounds) and 6-5 forward Kevin Sinnett (17.6). GW matches strength-for-strength with a front line of 6-10 Mike Zagardo (18.2) 9.3 rebounds, 61.5 percent from the field). 6-8 Tom Glenn (13.6) and 6-5 Les Anderson (13.7).

Navy was plagued by turnovers against Fordham and could have trouble with the 2-2-1 full court zone press the Colonials occasionally spring on opponents.

Howard riding the crest of a five-game winning streak, is 10-3 and 4-0 in the MEAC. Maryland-Eastern Shore is 5-11, 2-4.

The Bison are led by 6-7 senior forwards Gerald Glover, the team's top scorer at 17.5, and Mike Nettles, the leading rebounder at 10.3.

Nettles pulled down 17 rebounds in Howard's most recent game, an 88-81 decision over South Carolina State. The visitors, who lost twice to the Bison last season, rely on the shooting of 6-4 guard Ken Simmons, the MEAC's top scorer with 22 points a game.