Men's Basketball Heads to Colgate for Saturday Afternoon Matchup
Jan. 17, 2014
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 navysports.com. 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.
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 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.
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.