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Navy 98, Goucher 47

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Navy raced past Goucher early and never looked back, finally discovering its offense in a 98-47 win in the home opener Wednesday in Annapolis, Md.

Goucher was within 9-5 early, but a 22-4 run gave the Midshipmen a 31-9 lead and firm control. Navy (2-1) led 54-21 at halftime, thanks in part to a 30-13 edge on the boards.

The Midshipmen, who managed just 45 and 57 points in losses to Towson and St. Francis (N.Y.), respectively, to open the season, broke the 50-point barrier in a half for the first time since December 2012. Navy made six 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, the same amount it had in the first two games combined.

The second half was no different. Navy scored the first nine points after the break and was never threatened.

Guard Brandon Venturini led Navy with 16 points. Forward Edward Alade had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Sixteen Navy players had at least two points.

Forward Julian Livingston had nine points to lead the Gophers (0-1).
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