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Men's Basketball Aims for Season Sweep of Lafayette Saturday

Michael Brown

Jan. 31, 2014

Gameday Information
Navy (7-13, 2-7 PL) at Lafayette (4-16, 0-9 PL)
Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 2:00 PM (ET)
Navy Game Notes
TV: RCN-TV and WBPH-60
Patriot League Digital Network Video | Live Statistics
Live Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM

Saturday's Game Basics
Navy (7-13, 2-7 PL) will begin the second round of conference play at Lafayette (4-16, 0-9 PL) on Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Kirby Sports Center. The Mids are looking to snap a four-game losing streak, while Lafayette is still looking for its first win of conference play.

The game will be televised by the Lafayette Sports Network on RCN-4 & 1004 HD, RCN-8 & 608 HD and WBPH-60. The game will also be streamed online for free on the Patriot League Network. The announcers are Gary Laubach, John Leone & Dan Mowdy.

Fans can also listen to the Navy radio broadcast of the game on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on Pete Medhurst will handle the announcing duties.

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy most recently fell to first-place American, 74-52, on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
• Freshman guard Zach Fong scored a team-high 11 points against the Eagles.
• Fong has scored in double figures in four of Navy's last five games.
• Fong has made 12 three pointers during that five-game stretch.
• Navy went 2-7 in the first rotation through the Patriot League schedule.
• Navy is tied for eighth place with Colgate (2-7) and is two games ahead of winless Lafayette (0-9).
• American sits alone in first place at 9-0, while Boston U. is in second at 8-1.
• Navy defeated Lafayette, 79-71, on Jan. 5 in Annapolis.
• Junior guard Brandon Venturini knocked down eight three pointers and scored a career-high 28 points against Lafayette.
• Venturini's eight three pointers were one shy of the school's single-game record.
• Navy is 6-3 at home but has struggled away from Alumni Hall this season and is just 1-10 on the road.
• Navy is averaging just 53.4 points per game on the road, which is nearly 17 points less than its home average of 70.1.
• Navy has lost each of its last three conference road games by at least 20 points.
• Junior forward Worth Smith leads Navy in scoring (10.9) and rebounding (5.3).
• Venturini is second in scoring at 10.6 points per game.
• Head coach Ed DeChellis used his fourth different starting lineup in as many games against American.
• Venturini made his 51st straight start and Smith started his 45th straight game.
• Venturini and Smith were joined in the starting lineup by sophomores Kendall Knorr and Worth Smith and senior Thurgood Wynn.
• Through 20 games, Navy has the same overall record (7-13) as it did through 20 games last season.
• Last year's team went 1-10 after the 20-game mark to finish the season at 8-23.
• Navy ranks among the conference leaders in rebounds per game (35.2) and offensive rebounds per game (11.7).
• Navy ranks second in the league in scoring defense (64.7) and is third in steals per game (6.5).
• Kelly ranks fifth in the league in blocked shots (1.3), while Smith is seventh (1.0).
• Smith is also fifth in the league in offensive rebounds per game (2.2) and 10th in total rebounds (5.3).
• Fong ranks 10th in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.405).
• Navy has defeated both of the 2013 Patriot League tournament finalists this season (Bucknell and Lafayette).
• Navy is one win away from surpassing last year's conference win total (2-12).
• 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 325 consecutive games.
• Navy has an all-time record of 1,313-977 (.574).



Lafayette Storylines
• Lafayette lost to Colgate on Monday, 75-68, to finish the first half of league play at 0-9.
• Lafayette has lost 11-straight games overall but only lost its last four games by a combined total of 16 points.
• Lafayette's leading scorer Seth Hinrichs (18.7 ppg) returned for the Colgate game after missing 10 straight games.
• Hinrichs was 2-of-10 for five points while playing 23 minutes against Colgate.
• Bryce Scott is averaging 13.7 points and Dan Trist averages 12.8 points and 5.6 rebounds.
• Joey Ptasinkski 11.3 points and has made 50 three pointers.
• Ptasinkski has scored in double figures in eight straight games.
• Freshman point guard Nick Lindner averages 10.8 points and 4.2 assists per game.
• Lindner has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week three times this season.

Series History vs. Lafayette
• Navy leads the all-time series, 42-30.
• Navy defeated Lafayette, 79-71, on Jan. 5 in Annapolis.
• Venturini knocked down eight three pointers and scored a career-high 28 points as Navy won its first league game of the season.
• The win snapped a four-game losing streak to Lafayette for Navy.
• Lafayette holds a 10-3 lead in the series in games played at the Kirby Sports Center.
• Navy's last win at Lafayette was on Feb. 16, 2008 (Navy, 82-80).
• Lafayette has won five straight home games against Navy.

Looking Ahead
• Navy will host Patriot League newcomer Boston University for the first time on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall.
• Navy fell to Boston, 55-32, on the road on January 7.
• Boston enters the weekend in second place in the Patriot League at 8-1 and is 15-7 overall.
• Boston is hosting Lehigh on Saturday afternoon.
• Navy will be holding a Rock, Paper, Scissors promotion against Boston U. All fans who beat Bill the Goat in game of Rock, Paper, Scissors will receive free admission to the game. Bill the Goat will be playing fans from 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM.

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