Nov. 13, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md -
The Navy men's basketball team put its offensive potential on display in a sound 98-47 victory over Division III Goucher (0-1) on Wednesday evening. Navy (1-2) picked up its first win of the season after two straight road losses and won a fourth straight home opener at Alumni Hall.
Junior Brandon Venturini led all scorers with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting while dishing out four assists in just 16 minutes of play. Junior Worth Smith tallied 14 points and six rebounds and sophomore point guard Tilman Dunbar had six points, eight assists and zero turnovers in 16 minutes. Sophomore center Will Kelly tallied six points, eight rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
"The important thing for me about this game was the first five minutes of the first half," head coach Ed DeChellis said. "I wanted to see how we would come out and if we would play with energy and emotion. I thought they did a good job of doing that and I was also impressed with the way we came back out in the second half after I challenged them at halftime."
Navy was in total control from the beginning of the game and saw its 9-5 lead balloon to 28-9 with a 19-4 run that lasted a little over four minutes. After Goucher scored five points on back-to-back possessions, Navy exploded on a 26-5 run that stretched eight minutes. Navy pressured Goucher into nine first-half turnovers and successfully pushed the court and scored easy transition buckets with Dunbar leading the charge. The second-year point guard had six assists in the first half and Navy raced to a 54-21 halftime lead.
The Mids also stormed out of the gates in the second half with an 8-0 run in the first 2:06 which prompted a Goucher timeout. DeChellis continued to sub more and more players into the game and the lead grew to as much as 55 after a 17-3 run midway into the second half. Navy cooled off in the closing minutes, scoring just four points in the last four minutes on its way to the 98-47 final.
Navy used 17 different players in the contest and not one player saw more than 17 minutes. The seven Navy freshmen that saw action on Wednesday combined for 39 points and 25 rebounds.
Freshman forward Edward Alade scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting with four rebounds. Freshman guard Grant Vermeer had seven points and three rebounds and freshman forward James Hemphill pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Navy shot 48.8 percent (40-of-82) and had assists on 26 of its 40 field goals. The Mids made eight three pointers after making just six in their first two games. Navy also had a +31 rebounding margin at 57-26.
Julian Livingston led Goucher with nine points.
"We took a big step forward tonight," Venturini said. "We needed this win after last game (against Saint Francis). It was good for everyone's confidence and we just need to keep this same attitude and mentality that we had tonight going forward."
Navy will next play at Binghamton (1-2) on Saturday at 2:00 PM.