The Navy Midshipmen led from start to finish in posting a 71-61 victory over the Colgate Raiders in Patriot League basketball Saturday night in Annapolis, Md.

The Midshipmen (9-16, 4-10) shot a season-high 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field, including 7-of-15 from 3-point range, in gaining a split of the season series with the Raiders.

The Raiders (9-16, 3-11), who won the first meeting by 22 points in Hamilton, N.Y., kept pace with the Midshipmen by going 9-of-20 in the first half but faded in the second, going 10-of-27 to finish the game hitting 40.4 percent.

Colgate guard Austin Tillotson led all scorers with 24 points and forward Murphy Burnatowski added 13 for the visitors.

Guard Brandon Venturini led Navy with 18 points and forward Worth Smith chipped in with 16. Venturini also had eight assists to tie a career-high in the category.

Navy had an 11-point lead with 54 seconds left in the first half, but Tillotson hit a couple of 3-pointers to cut that to 35-30 at the intermission, and the Raiders got the first basket of the second half on guard Chad Johnson's layup to cut the gap to three points.

But the Midshipmen responded with an 8-0 run to get their lead back into double digits at 43-32.

The Raiders came back with a 7-0 run of their own but once again the Midshipmen answered and were up by double digits, 49-39, on forward/center Will Kelly's jumper at the 9:37 mark.

Navy's biggest lead was 12 points, 57-45, with 4:38 remaining and 70-58 in the final minute.