ANNAPOLIS, FEB. 15 -- Sophomore center Byron Hopkins tied his career high by scoring 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots to lead Navy to its seventh straight victory, 75-51, over the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in a Colonial Athletic Association game tonight at Halsey Field House.

Navy (10-12) is now tied with UNC-Wilmington for fourth place in the CAA with a 6-5 record.

The Midshipmen have won 24 straight games in the month of February, a mark dating back to 1985.

UNC-Wilmington beat Navy, 69-60, last month in Wilmington. The Seahawks (11-12) have lost three straight and five of six.

Seven games ago, in its last loss against University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Navy relied almost exclusively on its perimeter shooting. Against UNC-Wilmington, however, the strategy and the results were quite different as all but two of Navy's 30 baskets were scored from the lane.

Hopkins, Matt Nordmann and Eddie Reddick teamed for 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, nine of them offensive, in the first half as Navy took a 43-26 lead.

UNC-Wilmington opened the second half with a 9-1 streak to cut Navy's lead to nine points, but two Hopkins' tipins and Reddick's layup triggered an 18-5 Navy spurt that put the Midshipmen ahead, 62-40, with 7:10 to play.

"All of our inside guys played well tonight," said Navy Coach Pete Herrmann. "{Hopkins} really played well offensively and defensively against Larry Houzer."

Houzer, UNC-Wilmington's leading scorer and rebounder, was held to nine points, four rebounds.