ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Chris Harris and Jordan Sugars each had career nights, combining for 61 points to lead Navy to an 87-70 victory over Towson Tuesday night in Alumni Hall.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 1-2 on the year while Navy improved to 2-3.
Navy grabbed the lead (4-3) early on two Harris free throws and was never headed, shooting 52 per cent from the floor on the way to its third win over Towson in the 10-game series.
The Tigers defended most of the Navy players handily but couldn't stop Harris who accounted for over half of the Midshipmen's first half production with 22 points. He would add another 15 points for a career high 37 for the game.
"We were deathly fearful of this when we watched the film on Navy," said Tiger head coach Pat Kennedy. "We told our guys that if we didn't guard them they were going to shoot the heck of it. We couldn't guard Harris tonight."
Towson trailed by as many as 10 points (36-26) at the 4:13 mark. A 13-4 Tigers' run cut Navy's lead to 40-39 with 1:20 left in the half but a three-point play by Harris with three seconds left sent the Midshipmen into the lockeroom with a 43-39 advantage.
The Tigers made a run at the Midshipmen in the second half, cutting the deficit to a point, 55-54, on Josh Brown's jumper at the 14:42 mark but a three-pointer by Harris on Navy's next trip down the floor ignited an 11-2 run that put the Midshipmen comfortably out front again. Towson would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Harris picked up support from Sugars who also had a career night, scoring 24 points including 15 in the second half. Sugars buried six treys on six of eight shooting from beyond the arc.
The Tigers were led by sophomore RaShawn Polk who scored 19 points off the bench in his Towson debut. Jarrel Smith finished with 15 points. Brown netted 11 points as a sub. Calvin Lee, the Tigers' top scorer after Towson's first two games, was held to eight points before fouling out.
The Tigers are back on the court again this Saturday when they travel to Dayton for a 2:00 p.m. tip off against the Flyers. The game will be carried back to Towson on WTMD (89.7 FM) Radio.