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Men’s Basketball to Take on Lehigh Tuesday Night in Alumni Hall

Bryce Dulin
Jan. 1, 2018

Game Information
Lehigh (6-6, 1-0 PL) at Navy (9-5, 0-1 PL)
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Live Video | Live Statistics | Game Notes
Radio: 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV
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• Bring your “A” Game. All K-12 students who show an “A” on a report card or graded assignment will get free admission to the game.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men’s basketball team (9-5, 0-1 PL) will look to win its first Patriot League game of the season when hosting Lehigh (6-6, 1-0 PL) on Tuesday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall. Navy fell at Loyola (72-63) in its league opener on Friday, while Lehigh won at Lafayette (79-74).

Tuesday’s game will have free live video on and the Patriot League Network. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the broadcasting duties on the live video stream, and on the radio on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV. Live statistics will also be available.

Midshipmen Storylines
• After going 9-4 in non-conference play, Navy opened the Patriot League season with a disappointing 72-63 loss at Loyola last Friday.
• The loss snapped Navy’s six-game winning streak against the Greyhounds.
• Navy was tied with Loyola at 58-58 with four minutes remaining, but Loyola outscored Navy 14-5 over the final minutes.
• Although Navy shot 51 percent from the floor, Loyola outshot the Mids with a sizzling 60 percent clip.
• Navy struggled from the free throw line on Friday, going just 9-of-17 (53 percent).
• Junior point guard Hasan Abdullah was 6-of-9 from the floor and scored a team-best 16 points in a season-high 36 minutes.
• Senior guard Shawn Anderson scored 14 points, while senior guard Bryce Dulin scored 10.
• Sophomore center Evan Wieck tallied nine points on 4-of-4 shooting with a season-high seven rebounds.
• Anderson is leading Navy in scoring for the third straight year at 12.9 points per game.
• Anderson is also second on the team in rebounding (5.6) and second in assists (3.2).
• Anderson ranks 21st in program history with 1,112 career points. He is also 13th at Navy in career assists with 255.
• Dulin ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game.
• Dulin will play in his 100th career game on Tuesday night against Lehigh. Dulin is second on the team in active career games played behind Anderson (108).
• Abdullah ranks third at Navy in scoring (10.1) and is first in assists (3.3) and steals (2.4).
• Abdullah’s 2.4 steals per game led the Patriot League and rank as the 17th-most in the NCAA.
• Abdullah’s 34 total steals rank as the ninth-most in the NCAA.
• Abdullah has had at least one steal in all of Navy’s 14 games this season.
• Senior forward Tom Lacey ranks fourth on the team in scoring (9.9) and is first in rebounding (5.8).
• Lacey missed the Loyola game with an injury. Lacey had played in 79 straight games dating back to his freshman season before sitting out Friday’s game.
• Junior forward George Kiernan is averaging 7.2 points and Wieck is averaging 6.1 points.
• Navy ranks first in the Patriot League in scoring defense at 67.9 points allowed per game.
• Navy also ranks first in the Patriot League in rebounding margin (+4.9) and offensive rebounds per game (10.9).
• This is the third straight season that Navy has led the Patriot League in rebounding margin.
• Navy is 8-0 this season, and 18-0 over the last two seasons, when scoring at least 70 points in a game.
• Navy has increased its conference win total from the previous season for five straight years. Navy won 10 conference games last season in 2016-17.
• The streak of five straight years of increasing conference victories is tied with South Carolina (SEC) for the longest such active streak in the NCAA.
• Head coach Ed DeChellis is in his seventh season at Navy.



Lehigh Storylines
• Lehigh (6-6, 1-0 PL) opened the Patriot League season with a 79-74 win at Lafayette on Friday evening.
• Lehigh trailed by 10 points late in the first half, but outscored Lafayette 47-32 in the game’s final 21 minutes.
• Senior guard Kahron Ross scored a team-high 17 points.
• Freshman center James Karnik scored 15 points, while junior guards Kyle Leufroy and Lance Tejada each scored 14.
• Sophomore forward Pat Andree posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
• Tejada, in his first season playing with the Mountain Hawks after transferring from East Carolina, is leading the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game.
• Ross is averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 assists. Leufroy is averaging 11.4 points.
• Navy and Lehigh have had one common opponent this season in Pittsburgh.
• Navy defeated Pitt, 71-62, on Nov. 10 in the Veterans Classic, while Pitt defeated Lehigh, 80-68, on Nov. 25.
• Lehigh fell to Bucknell in the Patriot League Championship game last season.
• Tim Kempton, Lehigh’s two-time Patriot League Player of the Year, graduated last spring.

Series History vs. Lehigh
• Navy leads the all-time series against Lehigh, 46-31.
• The two teams split the 2016-17 season series with each team winning on its own home court.
• The Mids defeated the Mountain Hawks, 75-72, in Annapolis on Jan. 18 last season.
• Navy used a 21-3 run to overcome an 11-point second-half deficit.
George Kiernan scored 18 points for Navy in the win, while Hasan Abdullah added 14.
• Lehigh posted a 74-55 win in Bethlehem last year on Feb. 15.
• Navy is 25-17 against Lehigh in Annapolis, while Lehigh is 14-13 at Navy since Alumni Hall opened.

Looking Ahead: Navy to Host American on Friday
• Navy will next host American (3-9, 0-1 PL) on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7:00 PM.
• American lost at preseason favorite Bucknell, 84-55, on Friday in its conference opener. • American is hosting Colgate on Tuesday.
• The Mids and the Eagles split their season series last season.

Shuttle / Parking Information
All fans attending the game are encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Fans can enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. and pay $5 for parking. The shuttle is free and the pick up and drop off spot is in front of the Blue Angel plane. The shuttle will run from one hour before the start of the game to one hour after the game concludes. Fans ages 18 and over need photo ID to enter the Academy. Parking at the stadium is the best option for fans attending the game. Due to Naval Academy security restrictions, the general public can not drive their vehicles on to the Yard. The pedestrian entries at Gate 3 and Gate 8, will be open.

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