Navy Coach Don DeVoe got his 500th career win last night as the Midshipmen downed visiting Central Florida, 68-56, in the season opener for both teams.
The 60-year-old DeVoe, who is in his 30th season as head coach and his 11th at Navy, had 499 wins on Feb. 9 last season, but the Midshipmen lost their last five games.
Forward Mitch Moore led the Midshipmen with 19 points, 12 in the second half, helping Navy win its first season opener since the 1998-99 season.
Guard Marcell Cummings added 13 points, and Francis Ebong and Jason Jeanpierre each added 12.
* MISSOURI 72, AMERICAN 57: Ricky Clemons scored 25 points, and Rickey Paulding added 19 as the No. 20 Tigers won at home in the season opener for both teams.
Clemons, a transfer from the College of Southern Idaho, also had four assists and five rebounds in his debut as Missouri's point guard. Paulding, a junior, made 8 of 16 shots but didn't score in the second half until 1 minute 9 seconds remained.
Steven Miles led American with 12 points, and Jernavis Draughn added 10.
Miles scored with 1:30 left to pull American to 63-56, but Clemons made two free throws to boost the lead to nine. Paulding made two more free throws after American failed to score, sealing the win. In the last 1:28, Missouri made 9 of 10 free throws.
"Teams have a tendency, if you hang around, to get tight," American Coach Jeff Jones said. "We couldn't quite finish that."
* ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 70, HOWARD 68: In Loretto, Pa., Erick Wills had 18 points, including three free throws in the final 17 seconds, to give St. Francis the win.
Wills's free throws put the game out of reach for the Bison (0-1). Wills also had four three-pointers.
Darsham Luckey led St. Francis (1-0) with 27 points. Kyle Williams had 21 points for Howard, and Seye Aluko added 11.
* ST. BONVAVENTURE 91, VIRGINIA TECH 78: Marcus Green scored 28 points as the Bonnies opened with a victory at the Paradise Jam tournament in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.
St. Bonaventure (1-0) fell behind 17-3 but quickly recovered thanks to their reserves.
Terry Taylor scored 28 to lead the Hokies (0-1), who committed 25 turnovers. Carlos Dixon added 19 points, and Bryant Matthews had 14.
St. Bonaventure committed 15 turnovers but made up for it with strong outside shooting.
* CENTRAL MICHIGAN 61, GEORGE MASON 58: Chris Kaman had 26 points and 10 rebounds as the Chippewas opened with a victory at home.
Kaman, a center, dominated inside by making 10 of 18 shots.
Forward Mark Davis scored 22 points for George Mason (0-1), and Jon Larranaga and Raoul Heinen each added 12.