ANNAPOLIS, Md. — If nothing else, Goucher gained the U.S. Naval Academy's complete and undivided attention in the second half after the two teams played on nearly even terms over the first 20 minutes of this afternoon's head-to-head encounter.
Just two points separated the two teams as they headed for their respective locker rooms at halftime, but the Midshipmen steadily pulled away over the final 20 minutes on the way to a 76-47 triumph in Alumni Hall.
The loss leaves Goucher with an 0-9 all-time record against Division I opponents.
During the first half, the score was tied on five occasions, the lead changed hands eight times and the biggest advantage for either team was just four points. Midway through the period, the score was knotted up at 17-17, and it wasn't until a layup by Bryce Dulin put Navy up 23-21 with 5:15 remaining before halftime that the Midshipmen (2-2) went ahead to stay.
The only points the Gophers (2-2) were able to put up on the scoreboard over the final five minutes of the first half were from a 3-point basket by Tucker Canary (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair), but they were still down only 26-24 at the break.
A made 3-pointer by Jesse Mondry (Medford, Ore./South Medford) accounted for Goucher's only points over the first 4:31 of the second half, and this time Navy capitalized by opening up a 13-point advanatage. Another 3-point field goal, this one from Kevin Miles (District Heights, Md./Gwynn Park), knocked the Gophers' deficit down to 40-30, but the Midshipmen responded with 16-2 run, expanding its lead to 56-32 on a layup by Shawn Anderson midway through the period.
Miles connected again from long range to make the score 56-35, but that basket with 10:12 still to play were the senior guard's final points of the contest. He finished with a team-high 14 points.
Ibrahim Kallon (Silver Spring, Md./Wheaton), who was in head coach Tom Rose's starting lineup for the first time 2015-16, furnished the Gophers with nine points.
Tom Lacey and Shawn Anderson shared scoring honors for Navy with 13 points apiece.
Lacey was also the leading rebounder for the Midshipmen as he grabbed 11 boards. Navy ended up with a commanding 50-21 advantage in rebounds.
The Gophers will take part of the Turkey Weekend Tournament in Salem, Va. on November 28-29. They're matched up with Mt. Aloysius in the opening round.