ANNAPOLIS, JAN. 28 -- Navy had a modest goal, to put victories back to back for the first time this season and only the second time in three years. It proved too much to ask tonight, though, as Delaware rolled to a 102-80 victory.
The Blue Hens (7-10) shot 61 percent from the field -- including six for six from three-point range -- and 89 percent from the free throw line to win their third road game in two seasons.
Five Delaware players scored double figures, with guards Kevin Blackhurst and Mark Murray doing the most damage. Blackhurst had 17 points and six assists, Murray 21 points and four steals. Spencer Dunkley, a 6-foot-11 center, collected 14 points and tied a school record with eight blocked shots.
The Blue Hens were coming off losses to Maryland-Baltimore County and Hofstra, which left the players shouting at each other in the locker room. But the only problem they faced tonight was getting through the tight security at the Naval Academy gate.
"A guy got on the bus and told us to put our hands on the seat, then they looked in our bags," said Blackhurst, a sophomore point guard. "I was so frustrated after the Hofstra game -- everybody was -- but we got everything done in the locker room after the game. Tonight everything seemed to work out."
The Blue Hens jumped to a 13-1 lead as Navy (6-13) missed its first nine shots, Eddie Reddick finally sinking a layup after 5 minutes 3 seconds.
The Midshipmen forced 13 first-half turnovers with their pressing defense, but they shot only 30 percent and trailed 45-32 at halftime.
Twice they trimmed the deficit to four points -- at 25-21 and 36-32 -- but Delaware reeled off eight points the first time and nine the second.
It was Navy's turn to spurt after the Blue Hens took a 55-39 lead. With Erik Harris and Lance Reinhard hitting three-pointers, the Midshipmen recorded 10 points in a row. However, they never got closer than five.
The outcome was virtually assured when Navy's John Haase injured his left ankle on a drive through the lane and was forced to leave with 11:48 remaining and Delaware ahead 64-56. Haase had 18 points, matching Harris for the team high, and scored 11 straight Navy points in the first half.
Navy forward Chuck Robinson also departed with an ankle injury. Both players were taken for X-rays.
"This was discouraging, because we did play well, especially in the second half, on Saturday" in a 94-82 victory at American, said Navy Coach Pete Herrmann. "Tonight we shot 30 percent in the first half at home. We have to shoot better than that to win."
The Blue Hens more than atoned for their 24 turnovers with intimidating defense and hot shooting.
"When you play this hard, you expect turnovers," Murray said. "The way we played defense made up for the turnovers."
Mont.-Germantown 102, Catonsville 69: Rob Moxley (23 points, 10 assists) made five of seven three-point shots to lead the Gryphons (13-9) at home. Catonsville (8-12) was led by Matt Clavin's 23 points.
Prince George's 80, Charles 44: Jimmie Walker scored 14 points and Charles Djossou had 10 to lead the Owls (13-9) in Largo. Charles fell to 8-10.