Navy Men's Basketball Wins at Binghamton, 68-50
Nov. 16, 2013
VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore point guard Tilman Dunbar scored a game-high 17 points and four players scored in double figures as Navy (2-2) earned a 68-50 win at Binghamton (1-3) at the Events Center on Saturday afternoon. Navy earns its second win in a row.
"This win was very important for us," said head coach Ed DeChellis. "I'm proud of our kids and the things we were able to do and it was a total team effort. I think Binghamton is a very good basketball team and we caught them on a day they were a little flat. We are in a tough stretch of games and we have Virginia coming up Tuesday so it was important for us to get this win today."
Dunbar added four rebounds, two assists and a steal to his season-high 17 points and he shot 7-of-10 from the floor in 28 minutes.
"I thought Tilman played his best game of the season today," said DeChellis. "I asked him to push the ball hard to see what we could get out of transition. He was able to get to the basket several times and score the ball or find somebody else. That was important for us."
Sophomore center Will Kelly continued his strong play this season with 12 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Kendall Knorr contributed 11 points and eight boards and junior guard Brandon Venturini scored 10 points and matched a career-high with four steals in just 18 minutes before leaving the game with an injury.
Navy got off to a great start to the game, opening on an 8-0 run. After Navy won the tip, Worth Smith hit an 18-foot jumper. On Navy's next possession, Kelly threw down a two-handed dunk. Navy extended the run on a Dunbar pull-up jumper and then a layup by Kelly.
After a Binghamton three, Dunbar drove the lane and put in a scoop shot as Navy took a 10-3 run at the first media timeout. After the timeout, Venturini knocked down a three-pointer to give Navy an early 10-point lead.
Navy then suffered through a nearly six-minute stretch without a point, but the Mids were able to regain their 10-point lead at 23-13 after a Venturini steal and fast break layup. Binghamton then went on a 9-1 run to cut Navy's lead to 24-23. Kelly then hit two free throws, Venturini hit a three and Kelly hit a driving layup for a 7-0 run. BU then scored the last four points of the half as Navy took a 31-26 lead into the break.
Just like the first half, Navy opened the second half on a 10-3 run to watch its lead grow to 41-33. Dunbar scored six of Navy's 10 points during the spurt and assisted on a layup by Kelly.
Navy used a quick 6-0 run late in the game to go up 21 points and put the game out of reach. Knorr was fouled on a three-point attempt and knocked down all three free throws and then on Navy's next possession, Kevin Alter drilled a three-pointer just as the shot clock expired. Freshman James Hemphill later had a put-back layup and Navy made enough free throws down the stretch to claim the 68-50 road win.
Navy made a season-best 20 free throws (20-of-27) and scored 37 points in the second half on 50.0 percent shooting from the floor (11-of-22). Navy outrebounded Binghamton, 40-31, while also forcing 18 turnovers.
Binghamton shot 2-of-19 on three-pointers and was 0-of-10 from beyond the arc in the second half when Navy started to employ a zone defense.
Binghamton's Jordan Reed had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Marlon Beck scored 11 points off the bench.
Navy will next play at No. 25 Virginia on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The game will be televised by Comcast Sports Plus and streamed online at ESPN3.com.