Men's Basketball to Host Lehigh on Wednesday
Jan. 21, 2014
Lehigh (8-11, 1-5 PL) at Navy (7-10, 2-4 PL)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 4:00 PM (ET)
Navy Game Notes | Lehigh Game Notes
Patriot League Digital Network | Live Statistics
Live Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and www.wnav.com
Wednesday Game Basics
Navy (7-10, 2-4 PL) will host Lehigh (8-11, 1-5 PL) in a Patriot League matchup on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Alumni Hall. Both teams are coming off conference road losses on Saturday. Live video of Wednesday's game can be viewed for free on the Patriot League Digital Network and live radio can be heard on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on wnav.com. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the broadcast duties. Live statistics will also be available.
Family Night - Four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $25 at the Alumni Hall Ticket Office on game night.
Parking / Shuttle Information
Fans without Department of Defense credentials must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Buses will run every 15 minutes starting one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game and one hour after.
Navy is coming off a 63-41 loss at Colgate on Saturday.
Navy is 6-1 at home but just 1-9 on the road.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini is leading Navy with 10.6 points per game and he is averaging 13.0 points in Navy's five league games.
Junior forward Worth Smith is just under double figures at 9.6 points per game.
The Mids lead the Patriot League in total rebounds per game (36.2), rebounding margin (+1.8) and offensive rebounds per game (11.5).
Navy ranked last in the league in both rebounds and rebounding margin last season.
Navy is second in the league in scoring defense (63.8), field goal percentage defense (.426) and steals per game (6.2).
Venturini recently moved into 10th place at Navy for career three-point field goal attempts. Venturini has 342 career attempts and is approaching Jimmy Hamilton's (`96) ninth-place total of 359.
Venturini has made 112 career three pointers and he is nine away from tying Michael Burd (`93) for 12th place on that career chart.
Navy has defeated both of the 2013 Patriot League tournament finalists this season (Bucknell and Lafayette).
Navy is 2-4 in conference play this season. Navy was 2-12 in conference play last season (2012-13) and 0-14 in 2011-12.
Navy is one win away from matching its win total of eight from last season (8-23).
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 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 322 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,313-974 (.574).
Lehigh enters the game at 8-11 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Lehigh most recently lost at Holy Cross on Saturday, 61-42.
Senior guard Mackey McKnight is leading Lehigh with 14.8 points per game and 5.8 assists per game.
McKnight is averaging 17.0 points per game in conference play.
McKnight was held to just two points on 1-of-11 shooting and one assist at Holy Cross.
Freshman center Tim Kempton is second on the team with 12.7 points per game and leads Lehigh with 6.9 rebounds per contest.
After defeating Colgate in its conference opener, Lehigh has lost five straight league games.
Series History vs. Lehigh
Navy leads the all-time series against Lehigh, 44-24.
The Mids are 26-22 against the Mountain Hawks during the Patriot League era.
Lehigh has won each of the last seven games.
Navy's last win in the series was Feb. 20, 2010 at Lehigh (85-78).
Lehigh swept the season series in each of the past three seasons and also defeated Navy in the Patriot League Quarterfinals in 2011.
Navy will play a second straight home game when the team hosts Holy Cross on Saturday at 7:00 PM.
Saturday's game will follow the annual Navy men's basketball alumni game.
Holy Cross leads the all-time series against Navy, 37-18, but the teams are even at 11-11 in games played in Alumni Hall.
Holy Cross is at Lafayette on Wednesday.