Navy went on a 16-4 run to close out the first half to take a 15-point lead at the break, then held off The Citadel 79-74 Wednesday night in Annapolis, Md.
With the win, the Midshipmen (5-3) completed a sweep of their three-game homestand. The Bulldogs (3-7) lost their third in a row.
Navy sophomore guard Tilman Dunbar scored a career-high and game-high 28 points. Forward Worth Smith added 17 and guard Kendall Knorr 13 for the Middies.
Guard Marshall Harris III led The Citadel with 19 points, all in the second half. Forward Brian White added 15, and guard/forward Matt Van Scyoc had 14 for the Bulldogs.
The Middies extended their lead to 17 points on Knorr's layup that made it 48-31 with 14:53 left. The Bulldogs, who shot 16-for-28 from the field in the second half, nearly cut the deficit in half over the next eight minutes.
A 3-pointer by Harris sliced the Midshipmen's lead to 58-49 with 7:06 remaining, and it was still a nine-point game, Navy leading 60-51, a minute later.
Guard Zach Fong hit back-to-back 3-pointers to boost Navy's lead back to 16, but the Bulldogs weren't done yet.
With 2:54 left, forward C.J. Bray canned a 3-pointer to get the difference down to 70-65, but The Citadel could get no closer.
Dunbar made six of eight free throws in the final minute to seal Navy's win.