ANNAPOLIS, JAN. 27 -- Navy Coach Pete Herrmann talked about how pleased he was that his team had played consistent basketball. James Madison Coach John Thurston talked about how disgruntled he was that his team couldn't shoot the basketball.

Midshipmen center Byron Hopkins didn't care about either of those things. All he cared about was that Navy defeated the Dukes, 73-63, tonight before 1,475 at Halsey Field House.

"It's been a long time," Hopkins said with a laugh. "We've been practicing real hard and people told us it would come. Tonight, it finally came."

Not a game too soon. The Midshipmen entered the contest with a six-game losing streak. The last time they lost seven straight was the 1969-70 season.

"We got close in our last game {an 80-72 home loss to Maryland-Baltimore County on Monday}," Hopkins said, "but we made too many mistakes. We made a lot of mistakes tonight, too, but overall I thought we played pretty well."

James Madison (6-11 overall, 2-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association) made just one of its first 14 field goal attempts of the game and one of first eight of the second half. At halftime the Dukes had made five of eight three-point attempts and four of 24 two-point tries. For the game, they made 13 of 49 two-pointers and seven of 14 three-pointers.

Navy (4-11, 1-5) trailed only once and never led by less than six points after taking a 10-3 lead 4:58 into the game.

Catholic 78, York (Pa.) 71:

Jim Bergan had 18 points and made 10 of 10 free throws to help the Cardinals post a victory. Catholic is now 10-5 and York dropped to 8-9.