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Navy Opens Patriot League Play at Loyola on Thursday

Head coach Ed DeChellis

Jan. 1, 2014

Gameday Information
Navy (5-6, 0-0 PL) at Loyola (5-6, 0-0 PL)
Thursday, January 2, 2014 | 7:30 PM (ET)
Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena (2,100)
Navy Game Notes | Loyola Game Notes
Patriot League Digital Network Video | Live Statistics

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy will open Patriot League play against conference newcomer Loyola on Thursday evening at Reitz Arena at 7:30 PM. Both Navy and Loyola enter conference play with 5-6 records. Navy has dropped three straight games while Loyola has dropped four in a row. Thursday's game will feature free live streaming video on the Patriot League Digital Network and Additionally, Pete Medhurst (play-by-play) and Michael Heary (analyst) will call the game on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy is coming off a 63-48 defeat at UMBC on Monday.
• The Mids closed non-conference play at 5-6 overall and just 1-6 on the road.
• Navy is undefeated at home (4-0), but played only four of its 11 non-conference games at Alumni Hall this season.
• Navy has had a halftime lead in each of its last three games (Bryant, Northern Kentucky, UMBC), but lost all three games after falling behind in the second half.
• Junior guard Brandon Venturini scored 15 points against UMBC after tallying 20 points at Northern Kentucky.
• Freshman guard Zach Fong scored 15 points and hit five three pointers at UMBC.
• Fong ranks second in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage (.500; 19-of-38).
• Fong's 19 three pointers lead the team.
• Sophomore center Will Kelly ranks second in the Patriot League in blocked shots per game (1.7) and is fifth in rebounding (6.4).
• Junior point guard Earl McLaurin started his first career game at UMBC in place of a suspended Tilman Dunbar.
• McLaurin registered career highs in minutes (33), assists (7), rebounds (5) and steals (4), while committing just one turnover.
• Navy ranks first in the Patriot League in rebounding margin (+1.8) while Loyola is 10th at -9.5.
• Navy will be playing its second of three games this week and its second of four games in a nine-day span.
• Freshman Zach Fong set a Navy freshman record with seven three pointers made against Bryant.
• Navy is 4-0 at home this season, which is the best start to its home schedule since 2008-09 when it won its first seven home games and posted a 12-3 home record.
• Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 316 consecutive games.
• Navy has an all-time record of 1,311-970 (.575).



Loyola Storylines
• Loyola enters the game at 5-6 and on a four-game losing streak.
• Loyola most recently lost at Miami (Fla.), 71-48.
• The Greyhounds started the season at 4-0 before finishing 1-6 over their last seven games.
• Senior guard Dylon Cormier leads the Patriot League in scoring (22.9 ppg) while ranking sixth in the league in rebounding (6.1 rpg).
• Cormier ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring. He has over 1,400 career points and is ranked 10th in Loyola school history in scoring.
• Cormier is a two-time Patriot League Player of the Week.
• Sophomore guard Jarred Jones is second on the team with 9.8 points per game and sophomore guard Eric Laster averages 9.3 points.
• Junior point guard R.J. Williams averages 7.2 points and a team-best 3.8 assists per game.
• Loyola leads the Patriot League in steals per game (8.5).
• Loyola ranks last in the Patriot League in scoring defense, allowing 77.3 points per game.

Series History vs. Loyola
• Navy and Loyola are meeting for the 25th in series history.
• Navy leads the all-time series, 20-4.
• Navy has won three straight games against Loyola, with the last being a 73-61 win on Nov. 10, 2006 in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at St. John's in Queens, N.Y.
• The series began during the 1909-10 season. Navy won the first meeting, 36-10.
• Navy owns a winning percentage of .833 against Loyola, which is Navy's best winning percentage against any of the nine other current Patriot League members.

Looking Ahead
• Navy will host Lafayette on Sunday at 2:00 PM in its Patriot League home opener.
• Navy leads the all-time series against Lafayette, 41-30, but the Leopards have swept the season series in each of the last two years.
• Lafayette tied for second in the Patriot League last season at 10-4 and advanced to the league championship game.
• Navy will have a quick turnaround after the Lafayette game on Sunday as the Mids will travel to Boston on Monday for Tuesday night's contest at Boston University.

Navy's Patriot League History
• Navy is set to begin its 23rd season in the Patriot League after joining for the 1991-92 season.
• Navy is 138-158 (.466) all-time in the Patriot League.
• Navy has won five Patriot League Regular Season Championships with its last coming in 2000.
• Navy has won three Patriot League Tournament Championships with its last coming in 1998.
• Navy is 9-13 all-time in Patriot League openers and 3-7 in league openers on the road.
• Navy has lost its last two Patriot League openers.

Fong Among Conference Leaders in Three-Point FG Pct.
• Freshman guard Zach Fong ranks second in the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage with his .500 clip.
• Colgate's Austin Tillotson leads the league with a .621 clip (18-of-29).
• Fong is 19-of-38 on the season and his 19 three pointers made are a team high.
• Fong set a Navy freshman record with seven three pointers made at Bryant.
• Fong also made five three pointers at UMBC on Dec. 30.
• Over the past four games, Fong is averaging 3.8 made three pointers per game.
• Fong is currently on pace to set a Navy freshman season record for highest three-point field goal percentage.

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