To say Westminster belonged on the same basketball court tonight as Navy is to lie.
The Midshipmen, who battled their own complacency more than the tiny New Wilmington, Pa., college, got 24 points and 10 rebounds from David Robinson during an 84-54 rout before 2,050 in their home opener at Halsey Field House.
But this wasn't winning pretty. Navy committed 13 turnovers, struggled to get its offense in gear all night and needed a late 15-point run to seal the victory.
"I thought we played very sloppy," said Navy Coach Paul Evans. "We didn't have any intensity or emotion. I am not pleased at all."
With Westminster center Bill Bailey giving away almost five inches to Robinson, it was expected that Navy (1-1) would establish inside control early. Instead, Robinson came out cold, making only two field goals through the first 19 minutes, and the Titans (0-2) stayed close with a patient, deliberate offense.
Although Robinson became the 10th player in Navy history to score 1,000 career points (with a free throw at 10:24 of the first half), he only flashed his all-America form over the final nine minutes of the half with 10 points, three blocked shots and five rebounds.
The Midshipmen held a 37-21 lead at the half and increased that advantage to 46-25 with 16:01 to play. But once Evans rested his starters, Westminster rallied behind forward Rich Kunselman's five points to close to 51-40 with 9:18 remaining.
The Titans' surge forced Evans to send Robinson, Butler (22 points), Kylor Whitaker and Doug Wojcik (11 assists) back into the game, and the Midshipmen responded with 15 straight points to put the game away.