Navy 64, Rice 56
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Brian Walker scored 13 points and handed out seven assists to lead Navy to a 64-56 win over Rice Thursday night.
Navy (5-4) jumped out to an early 10-4 lead when Alex Kohnen converted the free throw of a three-point play, but Rice (7-4) stormed back with six straight points to tie the score at 10.
The two teams battled back and forth for the rest of the half, which ended deadlocked at 26.
After Rice scored the first four points of the second half, Navy caught fire. Seth Schuknecht’s two free throws at 12:50 capped off a 16-2 run and pushed Navy out to its biggest lead of the game, 42-32.
Rice cut the lead to three at 57-54 and again at 59-56 when J.J. Polk drove to the basket, made the layup and was fouled with 1:12 remaining. He failed to convert the free throw.
After both teams called time out, Navy’s Eddie Lucas was fouled with 25 seconds left and sank both free throws, giving the Midshipmen a five-point lead at 61-56. Two more free throws by Michael Heary and one by Walker finished off the scoring and gave the Midshipmen the win.
Rice was led by Tommy McGhee who finished with 14 points and Robert Johnson who tallied 11.