Reserve guard Jim Kuzma scored 21 points to lead Navy to a 65-55 victory over Richmond tonight.
Navy shot 27 of 30 from the foul line to even its record at 7-7. The Spiders are 11-6.
Richmond led until Kuzma came in and made his first jump shot with 7:42 remaining in the first half to give Navy its first lead, 22-20. Kuzma made his final two shots of the first half, including a 15-foot jumper with two seconds remaining, to give the Midshipmen a 34-31 halftime lead.
The Spiders came back with the help of two field goals by senior forward John Schweitz and scored six straight points to open the second half and take a 37-34 lead, with Kuzma on the bench. He was reinserted into the game and responded with two baskets during a two-minute span to keep Navy close.
Richmond led, 39-38, with 14:59 remaining, but Navy scored the next 10 points to take a 48-39 advantage. Two baskets by Kuzma aided the spurt.
Richmond did not score from the 14:59 mark to 7:51 remaining, thwarted by Navy's zone defense and its own poor shooting. Schweitz, although he led his team with 12 points, hit only six of 22 from the field and fell five points below his average.
Down the stretch, Navy guard Rob Romaine made four of five foul shots. In the second half, Romaine made six of eight.