ANNAPOLIS, JAN. 25 -- On paper, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County looked like a team against which Navy could end its five-game losing streak. The Retrievers had lost eight of their nine road games and were 0-3 against the Midshipmen.

But UMBC took advantage of some turnovers; Kenny Reynolds outmuscled the Midshipmen for 29 points, 19 in the first half, and the Retrievers defeated Navy, 80-72, tonight before 785 at Halsey Field House.

Reynolds, who also had 14 rebounds, got plenty of help. Reggie Truitt had 19 points, Duane Faust 18 and reserve Gamel Spencer scored seven points and handed out four assists.

Cliff Rees, held to three free throws in Navy's 12-point loss to George Mason Saturday night, scored 23 points, becoming the 12th player in Navy history to surpass 1,000 points in his career. Matt Nordmann had 16 points, reserve Joe Gottschalk 17.

As it has many other times this season, Navy played well enough in spurts to have a shot at a victory. With seven minutes remaining, Nordmann made a layup and Navy (3-12) trailed only, 58-54. Then the Midshipmen began making the mistakes that have plagued them all season and UMBC (8-9) was en route to a win.

"We haven't had but one home game in 40 days and we needed to be in one like this," said UMBC Coach Jeff Bzdelik. "We didn't play well offensively in the first half {tied, 31-31 at the half}. In the second half, we got Kenny down low, we felt that was a big advantage for us."

Once the Retrievers guards got the ball inside, Reynolds simply used his 6-foot-8 inches and 225 pounds to power his way past Byron Hopkins and Eddie Reddick. Reynolds used his muscle against Hopkins, outweighed by 45 pounds, and experience against Reddick, a freshman from St. John's (D.C.). The 6-9 Hopkins had only seven points and four rebounds before fouling out with 2:58 to play. Reddick had nine points and nine rebounds before he fouled out.

"At one stage, Reynolds scored four straight baskets and we have to play better against the good player," Navy Coach Pete Herrmann said.

Actually, UMBC had taken control long before Hopkins' and Reddick's exits. After Nordmann's basket, Truitt made a three-point play to give the visitors a 61-56 lead with 5:55 left. Faust got inside for another basket, Truitt tossed in a three-pointer and Faust made a layup and the Retrievers led, 68-56, with four minutes to play.

Navy, getting three-pointers from Rees and Gottschalk, and a handful of free throws, cut the deficit to five, 74-69, with 26 seconds left. But the Midshipmen had to foul, and Truitt, Reynolds and Faust each sank two free throws to keep their team comfortably ahead.