Navy will try to end 10 years of frustration against George Washington when the Midshipmen tackle the Colonials in college basktball tonight at Smith Center (8 p.m.).
Other games involving area teams tonight pit Georgetown against St. Peter's in Jersey City at 8 o'clock, George Mason at Frostburg State at 7, Montgomery-Rockville at Montgomery-Takoma at 7:30, and Prince George's at Anne Arundel at 8.
The Mids have not beaten George Washington since Coach Bob Tallent has been associated with the Colonials. Tallent was a senior guard when GW started its domination of the Annapolis school and has continued in various coaching capacities with the Colonials since. Last season, George Washington edged Navy in overtime, 82-80. Both teams are currently 9-10.
Tallent will start the back-court combination of Curtis Jeffries and Brian Magid for the second straight game. Foul-prone Tom Tate, who had started 59 consecutive games at point guard, will be kept rested for any crunch that might occur later in the game.
"We won with that combination (Saturday against Rutgers), and I don't like to make any changes after a win," said Tallent.
Bob Lindsay, who scored 26 points as a guard against Navy last year, will share time at forward with Mike Samson and Tom Glenn. Lindsay is coming back from strained knee ligaments that sidelined him for most of the season.
"Bob's still not nearly as mobile as he needs to be to play guard," said Tallent.
Mid senior forward Kevin Sinnett, the school's all-time scorer, needs 35 rebounds to become the career leader in that department. Sinnett leads Mid scoring with a 19.7 average.
"He's always done well against us," said Tallent. "He's a heckuva player, so strong there's not a lot you can do with him."
Georgetown is reeling from two straight upset losses that knocked the Hoyas out of the top 10. Hoya Coach John Thompson said the squad was not downhearted.
"They're okay because we operate that way," said Thompson. "We don't take it as a crisis when we lose and we don't rejoice and run around when we win."
Asked if he would change the amount of playing time of freshman starting guard Eric (Sleepy) Floyd -- who has not shot well the last two games -- Thompson replied he would not.
"Sleepy has just hit a stretch now that people expected to happen in the beginning." Thompson said. "The only mistake he made was to be born human."
Georgetown's Craig Shelton has taken over the team scoring lead (16.4) and is among the nation's leading field goal marksmen with a 62.8 percent average.