Junior forward Vernon Butler had 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds tonight as Navy won its eighth straight game, defeating William and Mary, 70-59, in an ECAC South game.

It was the 200th victory of Navy Coach Paul Evans' 12-year college career.

The Midshipmen improved their record to 11-2 overall, 5-0 in the ECAC South. The Indians dropped to 6-5, 2-1 in the league, despite a 22-point performance by Keith Cieplicki.

The Midshipmen trailed early, 12-5, before outscoring the Indians, 14-4, to take a 19-16 lead with 6:46 remaining in the first half.

Navy, which had four starters in double figures, led, 29-22, at the half.

The Indians outscored the Midshipmen, 15-7, at the beginning of the second half to take a 37-36 advantage with 14:02 remaining.

Navy then scored eight of the next 10 points to regain the lead at 44-39.

Navy outrebounded William and Mary, 35-24, and outshot the Indians, 50 percent to 47.3. No Navy opponent this season has shot better than 50 percent from the floor.

Freshman guard Cliff Rees scored 15 points for the Midshipmen. Junior forward Kylor Whitaker had 13 points and seven assists.

Sophomore center David Robinson, who entered the game among the nation's top 15 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, ended with 13 points -- 10.8 under his average. He also got five rebounds.

Navy, which has won its last nine conference games, made 24 of 32 free throws.