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Men's Basketball Heads to Colgate for Saturday Afternoon Matchup

Zach Fong scored 10 points against Bucknell

Jan. 17, 2014

Gameday Information
Navy (7-9, 2-3 PL) at Colgate (6-10, 0-5 PL)
Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 2:00 PM (ET)
Hamilton, N.Y. | Cotterell Court (3,100)
Navy Game Notes
Patriot League Network Video | Live Statistics
Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy (7-9, 2-3 PL) is coming off a 62-61 win over defending Patriot League Champion Bucknell on Wednesday and will be seeking its first conference road win of the season at Colgate (6-10, 0-5 PL) on Saturday. Navy and Colgate will meet at 2:00 PM at Cotterell Court.

Saturday's game will have free live video on the Patriot League Network and Pete Medhurst will have the call on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on WFED 1500 AM in Washington, D.C. Live statistics will also be available.

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy had one of its best wins in recent memory on Wednesday with its 62-61 defeat of defending Patriot League Champion Bucknell.
• Navy led by as much as 16 points and held on for the one-point victory.
• Junior Brandon Venturini, playing a new position at point guard, led Navy with 14 points and four assists.
• Junior forward Worth Smith had 13 points and seven rebounds and freshman Zach Fong added 10 points.
• The Mids forced Bucknell into a season-high 18 turnovers and scored 18 points off turnovers.
• The Bison had defeated Navy eight straight times and earned a No. 11 seed in last year's NCAA Tournament.
• Navy has defeated both of the 2013 Patriot League tournament finalists this season (Bucknell and Lafayette).
• Navy is 2-3 in conference play. Navy was 2-12 in conference play last season (2012-13) and 0-14 in 2011-12.
• Navy is also one win away from matching its win total of eight from last season (8-23).
• Venturini is leading Navy with 10.6 points per game and he is averaging 13.4 points in Navy's five league games.
• Smith is also averaging double figures at 10.1 points per game.
• Navy is 6-3 this season when Smith scores in double figures. Navy is 0-5 when Smith scores six or less points.
• The Mids lead the Patriot League in total rebounds per game (36.4), rebounding margin (+2.0) and defensive rebounds per game (25.3).
• Navy ranked last in the league in both rebounds and rebounding margin last season.
• Navy is second in the league in scoring defense (63.9), field goal percentage defense (.420) and three-point percentage defense (.319).
• Head coach Ed DeChellis has used just three different starting lineups this season. He used five different lineups in 2012-13 and 17 in his first season at Navy in 2011-12.
• Navy played its 300th career Patriot League game last Saturday against Army.
• Navy shot 11-of-14 on three pointers against Lafayette for a percentage of .786, the second-best single-game performance in school history.
• 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, shared by Greg Sprink and Michael Burd.
• Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 321 consecutive games.
• Navy has an all-time record of 1,313-973 (.574).



Colgate Storylines
• Colgate enters Saturday's game at 6-10 overall and 0-5 in the Patriot League.
• Colgate most recently lost at Boston U., 66-58, its sixth straight loss.
• Senior forward Murphy Burnatowski leads Colgate with 14.3 points per game and is averaging 4.7 rebounds. Burnatowski is 6-foot-7 and leads the team with 35 made three pointers.
• Sophomore guard Austin Tillotson is second on the team with 14.2 points. He is shooting league-best .553 from three-point range.
• Colgate ranks first in the conference in three pointers made per game (9.6) and is second in three-point field goal percentage (.405).
• Colgate's Matt Langel is in his third season as the head coach. He has a record of 25-53.

Series History vs. Colgate
• Colgate leads the all-time series, 29-24, and has won four straight games.
• The Raiders defeated Navy, 70-56, in Annapolis last season and 59-46 in Hamilton.
• Colgate leads the all-time series at Cotterell Court, 15-9.
• Navy's last win at Colgate was on January 29, 2011 (81-78 2OT).
• Navy swept the season series in 2011, but Colgate swept the series in 2012 and 2013.
• Three of the last nine games in the series have gone to overtime.

Looking Ahead
• Navy will next host Lehigh on Wednesday at Alumni Hall at 7:00 PM.
• The Mountain Hawks are currently 8-10 overall and 1-4 in the Patriot League.
• Lehigh's next game is at Holy Cross on Saturday.
• Navy leads the all-time series against Lehigh, 44-24, but the Mountain Hawks have won seven straight in the series.

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