Men's Basketball at Army for Star Game on Saturday
Feb. 6, 2014
Navy (7-15, 2-9 PL) at Army (12-10, 8-3 PL)
Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 4:00 PM (ET)
West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena (5,043)
Navy Game Notes
TV: CBS Sports Network (Jason Knapp, Chris Spatola, Evan Washburn)
Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1050 AM | Live Statistics
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy (7-15, 2-9 PL) will travel to West Point, N.Y. for the annual Army-Navy Star Game on Saturday. Navy owns a 53-37 lead in the all-time Star Series and holds a 72-47 lead in the overall series. The men's game will begin at 4:00 PM and will follow the Army-Navy women's contest at 1:30 PM.
The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. Jason Knapp (pxp), Chris Spatola (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline) will serve as the broadcast crew. Navy radio's Pete Medhurst will have the play-by-play on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and WFED 1050 AM in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. Live statistics will also be available.
Navy is coming off a 61-48 loss to Boston University on Wednesday in Alumni Hall.
Navy suffered its sixth straight loss.
Freshmen Zach Fong and Tim Abruzzo paced Navy's offense against Boston U.
Fong had a game-high 15 points and made three treys.
Abruzzo had season-best totals of 12 points, six rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.
Abruzzo was 4-of-6 on three pointers.
Abruzzo and Fong helped Navy score 34 bench points, its top total against a Division I opponent this year.
The Mids are 2-9 in Patriot League play and are tied with Colgate and Lafayette for eighth place.
Junior forward Worth Smith leads Navy with 11.0 points per game and junior guard Brandon Venturini is second with 10.4 points per game.
Fong is the team's third-leading scorer at 7.0 points per game.
Fong has scored in double figures in three straight games and six of the last seven.
Fong has made at least two three pointers in each of the team's last six games.
Smith is ranked fifth in the league in offensive rebounds (2.1), eighth in blocked shots (0.9) and 10th in free throw percentage (.746).
Fong is ranked ninth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.410) and is 10th in three pointers made per game (2.0).
Fong leads all Patriot League freshmen in both categories.
Head coach Ed DeChellis used his sixth different starting lineup in as many games against Boston.
Venturini made his 53rd straight start and Smith started his 47th straight game.
Venturini and Smith were joined in the starting lineup by junior Earl McLaurin and sophomores Kendall Knorr and Will Kelly.
Freshman guard Grant Vemeer has missed the last two games with an injury, while Knorr left the Boston U. game with an injury.
Four freshmen are averaging over 10.0 minutes per game. (Fong - 14.9; James Hemphill - 12.3; Michael Brown - 11.6; Vermeer - 10.1).
In conference games, Navy leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (11.7), while ranking second in turnover margin (+1.5).
In overall games, Navy is second in scoring defense (64.9) and second in offensive rebounds (11.5).
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 327 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,313-979 (.573).
Army is 12-10 overall and 8-3 in Patriot League play.
The Black Knights are in third place behind American (10-1) and Boston U. (9-2).
Army is coming off a 70-51 win over Lehigh on Wednesday.
Sophomore forward Tanner Plomb scored 27 points by going 9-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 on three pointers.
Sophomore wing Kyle Wilson leads Army, and ranks second in the Patriot League, with 19.2 points per game and Plomb is second on the team with 11.0 points per game.
Point guard Dylan Cox averages 8.9 points and 3.0 assists per game.
Sophomore center Kevin Ferguson, at 6-foot-10, leads the conference in blocked shots per game (2.3).
Army is leading the Patriot League in scoring offense (74.4), but ranks ninth in scoring defense (73.2).
Army leads the league in rebounds per game (35.0) and blocks per game (4.1).
Series History vs. Army
Navy holds a 72-47 in the all-time series against Army.
The Mids hold a 53-37 edge in the all-time Army-Navy Star Series.
Navy has won 35 of the last 44 Star Games, but Army has won two in a row.
Navy fell to Army, 60-55, in Annapolis on January 11.
The Mids led at halftime by four, but Army pulled away with a second-half opening 12-0 run.
Freshman Michael Brown scored a team-high 15 points and had five rebounds off the bench.
Navy leads the all-time series at Army, 30-27, and won the last meeting on Jan. 20, 2013 (59-50).
Worth Smith scored 16 points in the game at Army and Kevin Alter had 14 on 4-of-5 shooting on three pointers.
Smith has scored a team-best 50 points in five career games against Army.
Navy will play at Bucknell on Wednesday, February 12 at Sojka Pavilion at 7:00 PM.
Navy defeated Bucknell, 62-61, on January 15 in Annapolis.
Brandon Venturini scored 14 points and had four assists in the first meeting.
Navy's win snapped an eight-game skid in the series with the Bison.
Bucknell won the 2013 Patriot League Championship.