HARRISONBURG, VA., FEB. 24 -- The mastery Navy held over rival teams during the David Robinson era has long disappeared and tonight James Madison broke a seven-game losing streak against the Midshipmen with a 66-63 victory.
Navy (11-14, 6-7 in the Colonial Athletic Conference), which won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 73-63, dropped its second straight game. James Madison improved to (9-17, 4-9).
Had Navy been able to get scoring from starting forwards Eddie Reddick (one of nine from the field) or Matt Nordmann (four of 11), it might have held the advantage when the game reached its climactic moments. But the Dukes, with Kennard Winchester scoring 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting, were too sharp tonight.
Navy, which was led in scoring by Byron Hopkins (19 points) and Cliff Rees (18 points), took a 36-35 lead late in the first half, but with James Madison reserve center Tham Brand (six blocks, all in the first half) manning the middle, the lead didn't last.
In the second half, James Madison moved out to a 47-40 lead with 14:29 to go on a Winchester three-pointer, but Navy, on the long-range shooting of Rees, remained in the game, pulling to within 63-60 on a Rees 18-footer with 1:08 left.
But James Madison made three foul shots during the final minutes and pressured the Navy guards up court to end any Midshipmen hopes.
St. Augustine's 76, Bowie State 60:
In Norfolk, Lashan McDaniel was nine of 15 from the floor and scored 23 points to lead the Falcons over the Bulldogs in the first round of the CIAA tournament.
Bowie State finished the season with a 4-23 record. The Bulldogs led, 16-14, before the Falcons went on a 14-2 run that gave them the lead for good at 28-18 with 4:50 left in the first half.