Go Navy

Men's Basketball to Host Holy Cross on Saturday Night

Worth Smith is coming off a career day.

Worth Smith is coming off a career day.

Jan. 24, 2014

Game Information
Holy Cross (10-9, 4-3 PL) at Navy (7-11, 2-5 PL)
Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Navy Game Notes | Holy Cross Game Notes
Patriot League Digital Network | Live Statistics
Live Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and SiriusXM Ch. 134
Buy Tickets

Saturday's Game Basics
Navy (7-11, 2-5 PL) will host Holy Cross (10-9, 4-3 PL) on Saturday at 7:00 PM at Alumni Hall. Navy is looking to rebound after an overtime loss at home on Wednesday to Lehigh. Holy Cross enters the weekend on a three-game winning streak. Saturday night's game will follow the annual Navy basketball alumni game, which will be played at 3:30 PM in Alumni Hall.

Free live video of Saturday's game can be viewed 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. The game will also be available on SiriusXM Ch. 134. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the broadcast duties. Live statistics will also be available.

• Youth Basketball Night - All kids who wear their youth team jerseys to the game get in for just $3 a person!
• David Robinson NBA Rookie Card Giveaway! - The first 100 in attendance kids ages 14 and under will receive a 1989-90 David Robinson NBA Hoops Rookie Card!
• Professional Juggler Josh Horton performs at halftime! Makes his way out to the east coast after performing for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns!
• Meet the Navy Baseball Team - The 2014 Navy Baseball Team will be on hand to sign autographs and meet the fans! Team will sign autographs from 6:30PM until 7:30PM on the main concourse!
• Members of the 1994 NCAA Tournament and Patriot League Championship team will be recognized at halftime.



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 at 3:00 PM prior to the alumni game and will continue running until one hour after the Navy-Holy Cross game.

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy is coming off a 68-66 overtime loss to Lehigh on Wednesday.
Worth Smith scored a career-high 26 points and had seven rebounds, five steals and two blocks but the Mids came up just short.
• Navy's seven turnovers against Lehigh were the fewest the Mids have had in a game since the 1997-1998 season, 16 years ago.
• Navy is now 0-3 in overtime games this season.
• Smith and junior guard Brandon Venturini are both averaging 10.6 points per game and Smith has a team-high 5.2 rebounds per contest.
• The Mids lead the Patriot League in total rebounds per game (36.2) and offensive rebounds per game (11.8).
• Navy is second in the league in scoring defense (64.1), rebounding margin (+1.7) and steals per game (6.6).
• Navy ranked last in the league in both rebounds and rebounding margin last season.
• The Mids are 6-2 at home and 1-9 on the road.
• Navy has defeated both of the 2013 Patriot League tournament finalists this season (Bucknell and Lafayette).
• Navy is 2-5 in conference play this season after going 2-12 last year (2013) and 0-14 in 2012.
• Navy is one win away from matching its win total of eight from last season (8-23).
• Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 323 consecutive games.
• Navy has an all-time record of 1,313-975 (.574).

Holy Cross Storylines
• Holy Cross enters Saturday's game at 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the Patriot League.
• The Crusaders have won three straight games, most recently defeating Lafayette, 59-58, on Wednesday.
• Holy Cross has also defeated Lehigh (61-42) and Army (78-75) during its winning streak.
• Senior center Dave Dudzinski leads Holy Cross and ranks third in the Patriot League in scoring (15.2) while also leading the team and the league in rebounding (7.2).
• Sophomore guard Cullen Hamilton is second on the team with 11.8 points and junior forward Malcolm Miller is third with 10.2.
• Freshman forward Malachi Alexander is a four-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
• Alexander is averaging 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.
• Head coach Milan Brown is in his fourth season at Holy Cross and has a record of 45-62.

Series History vs. Holy Cross
• Holy Cross leads the all-time series, 37-18, and has a 31-17 edge in the Patriot League era.
• Holy Cross has won three straight games at Alumni Hall and six straight in the series overall.
• The teams will be meeting for the 23rd time in Alumni Hall with each team winning 11 games.
• Navy's last win in the series came on Feb. 17, 2010 in Annapolis with an 83-80 score.
Worth Smith averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in his two games against Holy Cross last season. Smith also scored 13 against the Crusaders during his freshman season.

Looking Ahead
• Navy will hit the halfway mark of conference play on Wednesday when the team plays American at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.
• Following the American game, Navy will play each of the nine other Patriot League members one more time.
• American enters the weekend in first place in the conference at 7-0 under first-year head coach Mike Brennan.

Smith Joins Exclusive Club at Navy
• In Navy's game against Lehigh on Jan. 22, Worth Smith scored 26 points, pulled down seven rebounds and had five steals and two blocks.
• In the game, Smith surpassed 700 points for his career, 400 rebounds, 75 blocks and had his 70th steal.
• Smith has career totals of 703 points, 406 rebounds, 76 blocks and 70 steals.
• Only three other players in Navy basketball history have reached the milestones of 700-400-70-70.
• David Robinson ('87) tallied 2,669 points, 1,314 rebounds, 516 blocks and 160 steals.
• Eddie Reddick ('91) collected 1,366 points, 875 rebounds, 76 blocks and 111 steals.
• Sitapha Savane ('00) amassed 943 points, 533 rebounds, 189 blocks and 103 steals.

Alumni Game to be Held Saturday; 1994 Squad to be Honored at Halftime
• The annual Navy men's basketball alumni game will be played on Saturday at 3:30 PM at Alumni Hall.
• Admission is free to the game.
• Fans attending the game must have a military ID to drive on to the Naval Academy grounds.
• If you do not have a military ID, you can take the free shuttle bus from the press box side of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium starting at 3 PM.
• There is a $5 charge to park at the stadium.
• Twenty-five former players will be coming back for the game, including 20 that will be playing in the contest.
• Seven players from the 1994 NCAA Tournament team will be playing in the alumni game.
• The players are back at USNA for the 20-year reunion of the NCAA Tournament Appearance.
• That team will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game against Holy Cross.
• Navy went 17-13 in 1994 and finished 9-5 in the Patriot League.
• After starting 0-3 in the Patriot League, Navy won nine of its final 11 conference games to finish in a four-way tie for first place.
• Navy defeated Army (96-84), Holy Cross (93-91 in overtime) and Colgate (78-76) to win the Patriot League Tournament before falling to Missouri (76-53) in the NCAA Tournament.

No events scheduled.