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Navy 66, Army 40

January 8, 1998

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Michael Heary scored 21 points Wednesday to lead Navy past Army, 66-40, in the Patriot League opener for the traditional rivals.

It was the third straight win in the series for Navy, which has won 13 of the last 14 meetings and 24 of 28. The Midshipmen lead the all-time series, 50-35.

Navy, 6-6, never trailed, but despite outshooting and out-rebounding the 5-7 Cadets in the first half were unable to break the game open. The Midshipmen led only 30-21 at the break.

Heary sparked a game-breaking spurt at the start of the second half. Navy put the game away by outscoring Army 14-3 to open the half, stretching their lead to 44-24 at 15:49. Heary had seven points in that span, including a 3-pointer, a layup, and two free throws.

Army made a bid to get back into the game, with seven unanswered points _ including 3-pointers from Seth Barrett and Babe Kwasniak _ cutting the lead to 44-31 at 13:25.

The Cadets managed only one field goal over the next six minutes, as Navy stretched its lead to 56-34. Another 3-pointer by Kwasniak broke the drought, but two field goals from Navy’s Sitapha Sivane make it 60-37 before both coaches cleared their benches.

Kwasniak and Dax Pearson shared the Army scoring lead with nine points each. Army shot only 35 percent from the field and had 31 turnovers.

Josh Williams contributed 10 points and seven rebounds for the Midshipmen. The 40 points allowed by Navy were the fewest since it held the Cadets to 39 in their second meeting in the 1992-93 season.

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