From Sun staff reports
1:58 AM EST, December 8, 2012
Led by Tilman Dunbar's 20 points and a career-high 19 points from Thurgood Wynn, Navy men's basketball dominated the second half and beat host Monmouth, 85-66, Friday night.
The Hawks (5-5), seeking their fifth straight win, were led by Stephen Spinella's 16 points and Andrew Nicholas' 15, but it wasn't enough to offset the Midshipmen, who shot 58percent (32-of-55) as they scored a season high in points and put five players in double figures while breaking a two-game losing streak.
The strong games by Dunbar and Wynn offset an atypically poor shooting night from Brandon Venturini, who leads the Midshipmen in scoring. Venturini shot 2-for-10 and had just five points.
The Midshipmen led by as many as nine points and held the advantage for much of the first half before Monmouth took a 37-32 lead into the break.
However, the Midshipmen went on a 22-5 second-half run to overtake the Hawks and never looked back after Wynn's fast-break layup put them ahead for good with 10:31 remaining.
Monmouth plays at No. 4 Syracuse today, while Navy travels to Mount St.Mary's on Friday.
Hampton 81, UMBC 36: The visiting Pirates (7-3) held the Retrievers (3-7) to 15 points in the first half.
UMBC lost its fourth straight, while Hampton enjoyed its third consecutive victory.
The Retrievers turned the ball over 13 times in the opening half and allowed the Pirates to take a 33-15 lead at the break. UMBC shot 25 percent (6-for-24) in the first half, while Hampton connected on 12 of 38 shots.
Ashley Lambert led UMBC with 11points. Hampton's Alyssa Bennett led all scorers with 20 points.
Goucher 69, Valley Forge Christian 49: Both teams vied for control early, but the visiting Gophers (1-5) went ahead 23-21 on a jumper by Adrienne Flowers with 5:15 left in the first half and never lost the lead.
Goucher pushed that lead up to as many as 21 points with a minute left in the game. Latifah Butler (Annapolis) finished with a game-high 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Gophers.
The Patriots fell to 5-3.
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