Junior center David Robinson had 21 points to go with a career-high 14 blocked shots as Navy rolled to a 76-61 Colonial Athletic Association season-opening victory tonight over UNC-Wilmington.
Navy's Vernon Butler led all scorers with 24 points as the Midshipmen improved to 8-3. UNC-Wilmington is 7-3.
Robinson blocked nine shots in the first half as Navy took advantage of 24 percent shooting by the Seahawks to take a 35-28 halftime lead.
The Midshipmen led by 14 with three minutes to play in the first half before Wilmington closed to 35-28. The teams traded baskets at the start of the second half before three outside jump shots by guard Kylor Whitaker gave Navy a 59-44 advantage with 9:41 to play.
The Midshipmen shot 56 percent from the floor to 30 percent by the Seahawks, but Navy turned the ball over 23 times.
Robinson held Seahawks center Brian Rowsom, who was averaging 20.4 points per game, to eight points on three-for-23 shooting. Robinson has blocked 59 shots this season and 53 in the last eight games.
Robinson also had 14 rebounds and Butler had 11.
Bobby Jo Springer led Wilmington with 18 points. George Mason 74, James Madison 57
The Patriots made 17 of 22 field goal attempts in the first half, including 15 in a row, as they won the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams in Harrisonburg, Va.
Things went so well for Mason (7-5) in the first half that a pass by Earl Moore was deflected by a James Madison player and swished through the basket.
The Patriots led, 37-20, at halftime and James Madison (2-8) got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Rob Rose hit eight of 11 field goal attempts and led the Patriots with 16 points. Kenny Sanders hit six of nine shots and had 15 points for the game.
For the game, George Mason made 31 of its 45 shots for 68.9 percent.
The Patriots started slowly and led by a point with 11:05 to play in the first half after two free throws by the Dukes' Robert Griffin. Then came the deflected basket and an eight-footer by Darren Mosley before Madison answered on a basket by Griffin.
Leadng by three, the Patriots scored 10 straight for a 25-12 lead with 4:43 to play in the first half.
Mason outscored Madison, 12-8, the rest of the half for a 17-point halftime advantage.
Madison was led by Griffin's 16 points 15 by Todd Banks and 11 by John Newman. For the game, James Madison shot 18 for 38 from the field for 47.4 percent and made 21 of 30 free throws to Mason's 10 of 18. East Carolina 70, American 62
Junior forward Marchell Henry had career highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pirates to victory in Greenville, N.C., in the first Colonial Athletic Association game for both teams.
Both teams are 5-5. The Eagles have lost five straight after winning their first five.
AU, on the strength of easy layups and good inside play, held a 13-10 lead with 10:50 left in the first half. The Pirates, however, came back with five straight points to make it 15-13 on William Grady's free throw with 8:39. Six seconds later, Pat Witting hit a 14-foot jumper from the right side to tie at 15.
The Eagles, who trailed by seven, came back to tie it at 30 on a Frank Ross layup with 22 seconds left in the half.
After intermission, East Carolina scored eight straight points. Curt Vanderhorst's dunk at 17:32 put the Pirates up, 38-30. From that point the Eagles got no closer than five points, when Henry Hopkins hit two free throws with 4:03 left in the game.
East Carolina shot 60 percent in the second half, 57 percent for the game. The Eagles shot 44 percent for the game and were plagued by 11 second-half turnovers. Scranton 73, Catholic University 61
Sophomore guard John Andrejko scored 14 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to lead the Royals (9-1) to their eighth straight victory in the first round of the Moravian Tournament in Bethlehem, Pa. Bob