In the first meeting between Navy and Virginia in 39 years, everything was out of reach for the Midshipmen, who were overmatched inside and out in a 67-42 loss at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., on Tuesday.
With South Carolina transfer Anthony Gill coming off the bench to hit eight of nine shots on his way to a game- and career-high 18 points, and senior Joe Harris breaking out of a slump with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, Virginia rolled to an early lead that Navy never seriously challenged.
The Midshipmen went more than 27 minutes before grabbing their first offensive rebound.
The Cavaliers (3-1) shot 59 percent from the floor and limited the Mids to 34 percent shooting. Virginia also dominated the boards, 40-19, with help from 6-foot-11 center Mike Tobey (13 points, eight rebounds) and sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon (13 points, four rebounds).
Navy (2-3) was led by junior guard Brandon Venturini, who scored 15 points, including two with 8:24 left in the first half which whittled Virginia's lead to 17-12. Over the next 6 minutes, 33 seconds, the Cavaliers shut out the Mids.
During the spell, Navy was so befuddled by the pack-line defense of Virginia that it committed turnovers on six consecutive possessions. The opportunistic Cavaliers seized on the mistakes, going on a 13-0 run with all six field goals coming on layups, including three by Brogdon. Virginia assumed an 18-point lead, making the task difficult for the deliberate offense of Navy.
Sixteen of Virginia's 30 field goals came on layups or dunks.