Navy Men's Basketball Hosts Colgate on Saturday Night
Jan. 25, 2013
Colgate (7-13, 1-3 PL) at NAVY (7-13, 1-3 PL)
Saturday, January 26, 2013 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Streaming Video: Navy All-Access (NavySports.com)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (Channel 134)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst, Michael Heary
Tickets: Available at Alumni Hall prior to game.
Series: Colgate leads, 27-24 (Colgate, win-2)
NOTE: Saturday's shuttle will start at 3:00 PM in advance of the Alumni Game being played at 3:30 PM at Alumni Hall.
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker affixed to their vehicle will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5 per vehicle).
Season-ticket holders are able to park on The Yard, as they should have received a pass from the Naval Academy for entry onto campus.
Take a Kid to the Game -- Get a FREE youth ticket with the purchase of a full priced ($10) adult ticket.
Red Panda Acrobat Halftime Performance -- See the amazing Red Panda Acrobat perform here unique bowl-flipping routine!
Navy (7-13, 1-3) returns home for just the second time in Patriot League play as it hosts Colgate (7-13, 1-3) on Saturday night in Alumni Hall, beginning at 7:00 PM. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), beginning with the Navy Basketball pregame show at 6:45 PM. The contest will be streamed online as part of the Navy All-Access platform and live stats will be provided on NavySports.com(.) As always, Twitter updates will also be available (@NavyAthletics).
Navy enters the contest with a 1-3 league mark after falling to American, 72-49, on Wednesday night. The Midshipmen have struggled in league play, averaging just 50.5 points per game while shooting just 36.9 percent from the field and 47.9 percent from the free throw line. Navy is being outrebounded by almost seven rebounds a game in league contests.
Freshman guard Tilman Dunbar continues to pace the squad, averaging 10.3 points per game and 5.3 assists per game. He had a solid floor game against the Eagles, scoring seven points, dishing out eight assists, grabbing five rebounds and snaring two steals. He surpassed both 200 points and 100 assists for the season against American.
Sophomores Worth Smith (9.8 ppg) and Brandon Venturini (9.1 ppg) follow Dunbar in scoring. Smith leads the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) while Venturini has made 47 three-ptrs.
Freshmen and sophomores have scored 948 of Navy's 1,164 points this year, accounting for 81.4 percent of the scoring. In league play, it jumps to 90.6 percent (183-of-202 points).
Colgate comes to Annapolis with an identical 7-13 overall record and a 1-3 league mark, but is coming off a 93-90 overtime win at home against Army, in which Maine transfer Murphy Burnatowski connected on a game-winning three-pointer with under 17 seconds to play to lift the Raiders to the win. He tallied 35 points in the win over the Black Knights.
Burnatowski ranks second in the league, averaging 17.4 points per game. Sophomore Pat Moore is second on the team with a 10.3 scoring average. The Raiders are allowing 71.8 points per game, but their schedule has featured such national powers as Illinois, Marquette and Syracuse.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 10-39 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 229-270 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach. He will coach his 500th career game on Saturday.
Matt Langel (Penn, 2000) is in his second year at Colgate, owning a 15-35 career record. Prior to his time at Colgate, he served as an assistant coach at both Penn and Temple.
What To Watch For
1) Colgate allows 71.8 ppg; Navy scores 58.2 ppg.
2) Colgate is 0-12 when scoring 64 points or less.
3) PL opponents are shooting 46.5 percent vs. the Raiders.
4) Navy with just six players that have scored 10 points in PL play.
5) Navy has lost eight straight Patriot League games at home.
# GO NAVY #