Mids Travel to Boston University For Tuesday Meeting
Jan. 6, 2014
Navy (6-7, 1-1 PL) at Boston University (9-6, 2-0 PL)
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Boston, Mass. | Agganis Arena (7,200)
Navy Game Notes
Patriot League Network Video | Live Statistics
Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WBHQ 1050 AM
Tuesday's Game Basics
Navy (6-7, 1-1 PL) will play at Boston University (9-6, 2-0 PL) on Tuesday at 7:00 PM in Agganis Arena. It will be the first meeting between the two schools as members of the Patriot League and just the third overall.
Tuesday's game will feature free live streaming video on the Patriot League Digital Network and navysports.com. Pete Medhurst will have the play-by-play duties on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on WBHQ 1050 AM in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Live statistics will also be available on navysports.com
Venturini Named NAAA Athlete of the Week
Junior guard Brandon Venturini has been named the NAAA Athlete of the Week presented by Rolls-Royce for the week ending January 5.
Venturini scored in double figures in three games last week, averaging 18.0 points against UMBC, Loyola and Lafayette.
Venturini scored a career-high 28 points on 8-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc in Navy's 79-71 win over Lafayette on Sunday.
Venturini is averaging 10.9 points and leads the team with 25 three pointers made.
Venturini was also named the NAAA Athlete of the Week on Jan. 14, 2013.
Navy is coming off a 79-71 win over Lafayette on Sunday.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini scored a career-high 28 points and was 8-of-9 on three pointers.
Senior Thurgood Wynn scored 15 points for the second straight game.
Navy shot 11-of-14 on three pointers for a percentage of .786, the second-best single-game performance in school history.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Navy.
The Mids improved to 5-0 at Alumni Hall this season.
Navy is at .500 in Patriot League play for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Brandon Venturini is now averaging 10.9 points and he scored in double figures for the fourth straight game Sunday.
Venturini's eight threes against Lafayette and freshman Zach Fong's seven threes against Bryant are two of the top single-game performances in school history.
The school record is nine threes made in a game.
Fong ranks second in the Patriot League with his .457 three-point field goal percentage.
Navy is the Patriot League's top rebounding team. The Mids lead the conference in total rebounds per game (36.4) and in rebounding margin (+2.5).
Navy ranks second in the conference in steals per game (6.5) and is third in both scoring margin (+0.9) and scoring defense (65.1).
Tuesday's game at Boston U. is Navy's fourth game in the last nine days.
Navy is 1-1 in Patriot League play in 2014 after going 0-14 in 2012 and 2-12 in 2013.
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 318 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,312-971 (.575).
Boston University Storylines
Boston enters Tuesday's game at 9-6 overall and 2-0 in Patriot League play.
The Terriers won their conference opener over Holy Cross, 70-60, and won at Lehigh on Sunday, 67-66.
Senior guard D.J. Irving hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds to retake the lead after Lehigh's Mackey McKnight's and-1 layup and free throw with eight seconds to go to erased BU's two-point lead.
Sophomore guard Maurice Watson, Jr. tallied 10 points and 12 assists, senior forward Dom Morris had 15 points and nine rebounds and Irving finished with 14 points.
Watson, Jr. (14.5), Morris (12.5) and Irving (12.0) all average double digit points for Boston U.
Morris is second in the league in rebounds (7.0) and Watson, Jr. leads the conference in assists (6.9).
Earlier this season, BU defeated Maryland, 83-77, which is the Patriot League's only win this season against the ACC.
Head coach Joe Jones is in his third year at Boston, where he has a record of 42-35.
Jones came to Boston U. after being the associate head coach at Boston College, but he was also the head coach at Columbia from 2003-10.
A Jones-coached Columbia squad defeated Navy, 69-63, on January 17, 2005.
BU was 17-13 (11-5) in its final season in the America East last year.
The Terriers played in the CIT 1st Round where they lost to Loyola, 70-63.
Series History vs. Boston University
Tuesday's game will be the third all-time meeting between the two schools but the first at the actual home court of one of the teams.
Boston defeated Navy, 62-55, in the 1959 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Round in Charlotte, N.C.
Boston lost to West Virginia in the Elite Eight Round.
The teams also met in Santa Clara, Calif. in 1988 in the Cable Car Classic, with BU earning a 75-54 win.
Navy will next host Army (6-7, 2-0 PL) on Saturday at 4:00 PM and the game will follow the Army-Navy women's game (1:30 PM).
Both doubleheader games will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Army and Navy split the season series last year with each team winning on the other's home court.
The Army-Navy Star Game this season will be played at West Point on February 8.
Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 72-46.