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Navy runs past struggling Retrievers, 75-54

Kendall Knorr hit his shots with relative ease against UMBC as he scored 18 points in Navy's win.

Kendall Knorr hit his shots with relative ease against UMBC as he scored 18 points in Navy’s win.

When one team out-shoot a team by 23-percent and out-rebounds them by 13, it usually means there is a blowout. That was the case when Navy went to Catonsville to play UMBC. The Mids earned their third-straight win with a 75-54 victory over the Retrievers as they out-shot UMBC 57.1% to 34.1% and out-rebounded them 35-22.

Kendall Knorr hit four three’s and shot 7-for-12 from the floor as he led Navy with 18 points. Will Kelly and Tilman Dunbar added to Navy’s offensive output with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

UMBC, however, struggled to get going on offense. Joe Sherburne led the team with 14 points but went just 4-for-11 from the floor. Rodney Elliott did most of his damage with a 7-for-7 effort from the foul line but only went 2-for-7 from the floor and missed all four of his foul shots in an 11-point game.

Navy scored the first six points of the game and it took three and a half minutes for UMBC to finally get on the board when Sherburne hit a layup. He followed that up with a mid-range jumper to make it just a two-point game, but Navy would then go on a nine point run to take an 11-point lead. Navy’s run was interrupted by a three by Malcolm Brent, but the Mids continued on to then score four more points to make it a 19-7 game just 10 minutes into the contest.

UMBC attempted a comeback but Navy was having tremendous success shooting the ball and simply hit their shots at a higher rate than UMBC at the took a 36-24 lead into the break.

The Mids hit the first two field goals of the second half to extend their lead to 16 points and after Elliott finished an old-fashion three-point play the Mids went on a six-point run and made it a 21-point game. The way UMBC was defending, and to a lesser extend shooting, it might as well have been a 100-point deficit. Navy was not being stopped and UMBC was unable to do much of anything offensively to get into a serious rhythm.

Navy held a very comfortable lead for the final 10 minutes of the game and their huge lead allowed Navy to withstand a UMBC’s best offensive stretch for a five minute stretch midway through the second half. Even despite UMBC’ hitting their shots Navy was able to penetrate and create offensve with easy and still held a 17-point lead at the end of the stretch.

Riding a three-game winning-streak the Mids will participate in the Spartan Showcase this weekend in Greensboro, NC and will play three-straight games from Friday to Sunday. UMBC will stick at home to host Colgate at 1 pm on Saturday.

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