Chris Williams had a season-high 26 points last night to lead Navy to a 70-62 victory at home over Belmont University.
Sitapha Savane added 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Midshipmen, who improved to 7-4. Belmont, in its third season as a Division I program, lost its eighth straight to fall to 3-9.
Williams had 13 points in each half. He paced Navy to a 26-17 lead, before Belmont closed the first half with a 12-2 run to take a 29-28 advantage.
Navy threatened to break it open early in the second half, outscoring the Bruins 17-2 to open a 45-31 lead with 11 minutes 25 seconds remaining. Williams had four of the first six in that span, and Scott Long contributed six points to the outburst.
Williams picked up his fourth foul at 12:24, and left the game with Navy leading by 12. He returned about six minutes later, after Belmont had trimmed the lead to 49-42, and helped the Midshipmen stretch the lead to 56-44 at 3:56.
Wes Burtner led Belmont with 16 points, including three three-pointers in the final three minutes. Omari Booker had 12 for the Bruins.
DUKE 68, GEORGETOWN 53: Georgia Schweitzer scored 18 points to lead the No. 15 Blue Devils over the Hoyas in Durham, N.C.
After a sluggish first half, Peppi Browne's layup one second before halftime gave Duke a 24-23 lead.
The Blue Devils used an 11-0 run to take a 37-25 lead with 14:57 remaining. Duke extended its lead to 24 points midway through the second half.
Duke (12-1) hit 21 of 26 free throws, including 17 of 21 in the second half, as the win equaled the best start in school history.
Georgetown (7-4) took command early as it built a 17-8 lead on a seven-point run.
Georgetown's Katie Smrcka-Duffy led the Hoyas with 14 points and eight rebounds, and Nok Duany added 12 points. With the win, Duke went 32-4 overall in 1999.
VIRGINIA 70, SYRACUSE 59: Freshman Schuye La Rue (Carroll High) led the way for the Cavaliers with her second career double-double, 20 points and 16 rebounds, against the Orangemen in Charlottesville.
With the win, Virginia (8-4) took the Nationwide Classic title, and has won four straight games.
Svetlana Volnaya helped the Cavaliers post an early 8-2 lead with six points in the first four minutes. Syracuse fought back to pull within two several times during the evening, but the Cavaliers closed the half with a 19-7 spurt in the last 5 minutes 45 seconds to take a 43-29 lead.
VIRGINIA TECH 72, UNC CHARLOTTE 61: In Blacksburg, Tere Williams scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Hokies to a win in the championship game of the Hokie Hardwood Classic over the 49ers.
Williams was named tournament most valuable player. Nicole Jones, who also earned all-tournament honors, had eight points and 10 rebounds. Amy Wetzel finished with 15 points and Sarah Hicks also reached double figures with 10 points.
The Hokies pushed their lead to 11 points with 6:45 left, and finished off the 49ers at the free throw line.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 93, SETON HALL 58: Four scored in double figures as the Colonials soared past the Pirates at Smith Center.
Elisa Aguilar lead GW with 18 points, 9 assists and 7 steals. She became the 17 Colonial to reach 1,000 career points when she made a three-pointer with 2:04 remaining.
Seton Hall could not keep up with GW's full-court press, which forced the Pirates to commit a season-high 34 turnovers.