One of the area's longest college basketball rivalries continues tonight when George Washington visits Navy.

Catholic, the University of the District of Columbia and George Mason also play tonight.

In a 7:30 p.m. matchup at Halsey Field House, Navy will attempt to end a five-game losing streak against a Colonial team that has won six of its last nine contests. The Midshipmen (9-11) have lost the last five meetings between the two teams. GW's senior trio of Brian Magid, Mike Zagardo and Tom Glenn currently is scoring a combined 45 points per game.

The teams first played in 1936.

At Brookland Gymnasium, Catholic hosts St. Francis, N.Y., at 8, the Cardinals' seventh game in the last nine days. Catholic, battling for the ECAC South playoff spot, is led by Bill Dooley, who has come on strong in the last four contests, hitting for 21, 23, 22, and 25 points.

UDC will host Coppin State in an 8 p.m. encounter at McKinley. The 15-9 Firebirds already have posted the most wins since the merger of Federal City, Washington Tech and D.C. Teachers into UDC three years ago.

Mike Daniels has hit 29, 23, 24, and 31 points in his last four contests.

George Mason will be in Charleston, S.C., for a rematch with Baptist College, which ended a 31-game, two year losing streak at the expense of the Patriots earlier this month.