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Navy men’s basketball pauses activities, cancels games vs. Delaware, Morgan State

The Mids are off to a 3-1 start, but have halted team activities due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Navy’s men’s basketball team is off to its best start in more than a decade with a 3-1 record and a historic win over a Big East opponent.

It seemed as though the Mids had a chance to improve that mark with upcoming games against Morgan State and Delaware.

But the Midshipmen announced Monday that they have paused all team activities for 10 days and canceled those games against the Bears and Blue Hens due to “COVID-19 related concerns.”

Navy athletics said in a statement: “Safeguarding the health and safety of our midshipmen, faculty, staff and coaches, and our extended Naval Academy family and the local community remains the top priority during this pandemic. We will continue to implement mitigating measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

The games against Delaware and Morgan State were the last two non-conference contests on the Mids’ schedule. Navy will begin Patriot League play on Jan. 2 at home against Bucknell.

The stoppage in play isn’t impacting Navy’s women’s basketball team, which is 0-2 and faces William & Mary on Sunday, Dec. 13.