Jan. 29, 2013
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Lehigh (14-5, 4-1 PL) at NAVY (7-14, 1-4 PL)
Wednesday, January 30, 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
Twitter Updates: @NavyAthletics
Tickets: Available at Alumni Hall prior to game.
Series: Lehigh leads, 44-22 (Lehigh, win-5)
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.
Dollar Concession Specials -- Select items at the concession stands will only be $1.
Navy (7-14, 1-4) closes out the home portion of the first half of the league schedule, hosting league-leader Lehigh (14-5, 4-1) on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall. 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 1-4 league mark after falling at home to Colgate, 70-56, on Saturday night. The Midshipmen have struggled in league play, averaging just 51.6 points per game while shooting just 35.8 percent from the field and 54.8 percent from the free throw line. Navy is being outrebounded by six rebounds a game in league contests.
Freshman guard Tilman Dunbar continues to pace the squad, averaging 10.2 points per game and 5.2 assists per game. He became the first Navy freshman in school history with 100 assists (now with 109) and is currently one of three freshmen nationally (through Monday's games) with 200 points and 100 assists.
Sophomores Worth Smith (9.9 ppg) and Brandon Venturini (9.2 ppg) follow Dunbar in scoring. Smith leads the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) while Venturini has made 50 three-ptrs.
Freshmen and sophomores have scored 996 of Navy's 1,220 points this year, accounting for 81.6 percent of the scoring. In league play, it jumps to 89.5 percent (231-of-258 points).
Lehigh had seized control of the Patriot League race last Wednesday with a 65-62 victory at Bucknell, but then saw its five-game winning streak come to a crashing halt on Sunday as Lafayette won at Stabler Arena, 78-57. The Mountain Hawks, last year's NCAA Tournament darlings, are currently tied for first in league play with a 4-1 mark.
With the loss of All-American C.J. McCollum (foot injury), Gabe Knutson is now the team leader in the scoring at 13.5 points per game. Holden Greiner averages 12.3 points per game and the Mountain Hawks are second nationally in three-point percentage (.430).
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 10-40 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 229-271 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach. He coached his 500th career game on Saturday vs. Colgate.
Brett Reed (Eckerd, 1995) is in his sixth year at Lehigh, posting a 107-68 record at the school. Reed has guided the Mountain Hawks to a pair of NCAA Tournaments (2010, 2012).
What To Watch For
1) In PL games, Lehigh allows 57.8 PPG; Navy averages 51.6.
2) In four of Lehigh's five losses, it surrendered at least 78 pts.
3) Lehigh shoots 43.0 pct. from 3; Navy allows just 30.4 pct.
4) Who can win the glass? (Lehigh -2.9 margin; Navy -4.2).
5) Who can win turnover battle? (Lehigh 11.5 / gm.; Navy 11.9).
#GO NAVY #