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Navy 50, American 44

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Navy blew a 12-point second-half lead, but rebounded in time to top American 50-44 and earn its second conference win of the season.

The Midshipmen (8-19, 2-9 Patriot) had a 26-14 lead two minutes after halftime, but the Patriots came back to tie the game on a couple of occasions, the last time at 34 apiece with 10:52 to play. American (10-16, 5-6) never took the lead, however, and Navy went on a 7-0 run in the final three minutes to put the game away.

Three players finished in double figures for Navy, which ended a seven-game losing streak. Brandon Venturini finished with 13 points, Tilman Dunbar 12, and Thurgood Wynn 11. The Midshipmen hadn't won in a month, since knocking off Army 59-50 on Jan. 20.

Daniel Munoz led American with 15 points. Stephen Lumpkins, who entered the night ranked 20th in the nation with 9.7 rebounds per game, finished with 11 points and 12 boards.

Navy led 21-12 at halftime, holding American to 4 of 18 from the field and 0-for-5 from 3-point range.
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