Navy scored the first seven points of the game and when Smith scored on three straight possessions, including a pair of 3-pointers, the score was 15-5. A Venturini 3 started another run that Kelly ended with a pair of baskets to make it 24-7 just past the midway point. The Midshipmen led 32-21 at the break.
Loyola scored the first seven points of the second half to close within four but Smith scored on consecutive possessions to end a 9-1 run that rebuilt the lead to 51-37 with 9:28 left.
Navy made seven 3s to just one for Loyola.