Mids Host Lafayette to Begin Second Round of League Play
Feb. 8, 2013
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Lafayette (11-13, 4-3 PL)
Saturday, February 9, 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), WTOP (1050 AM)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (Channel 134)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst, Michael Heary
Twitter Updates: @NavyAthletics
Tickets: Available prior to game at Alumni Hall.
Series: Navy leads, 41-29 (Lafayette, win-3).
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.
Youth Basketball Night -- All kids ages 14 and under can get into the game for $3 by wearing their youth basketball team jersey.
Air Elite Dunkers Halftime Performance -- Check out the high-flying, trampoline dunkers at halftime of the game!
Navy (7-16, 1-6) begins the second half of Patriot League play on Saturday when it hosts Lafayette (11-13, 4-3) in Alumni Hall, beginning at 7:00 PM tip-off. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), WTOP (1050 AM) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Ch. 134), 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 be available.
Navy enters the contest with a 1-6 league mark after dropping a 69-54 decision to league-leader Bucknell last Saturday. The Midshipmen have struggled in league play, averaging just 51.6 points per game while shooting just 33.9 percent from the field and 59.2 percent from the free throw line. Navy is being outrebounded by almost 10 rebounds a game in league contests.
Freshman guard Tilman Dunbar continues to pace the squad, averaging 10.0 points per game and 5.1 assists per game. He became the first Navy freshman in school history with 100 assists (now with 117) and is currently one of five freshmen nationally (through Wednesday's games) to average 10.0 ppg and 5.0 apg.
Sophomores Worth Smith (10.0 ppg) and Brandon Venturini (8.9 ppg) follow Dunbar in scoring. Smith leads the team in rebounding (5.9 rpg) while Venturini has made 51 three-pointers.
Freshmen and sophomores have scored 1,087 of Navy's 1,323 points this year, accounting for 82.2 percent of the scoring. In league play, it jumps to 89.2 percent (322-of-361 points).
Lafayette enters Saturday's contest with an 11-13 overall mark and a 4-3 league record, good for third place in the league standings. The Leopards had won three games in a row, all by double figures, until falling to American, 68-64, in their last outing. The Leopards are the lone team to beat Lehigh in league play this year, 78-57, on Jan. 27.
Lafayette is paced by a trio of sophomores and a senior point guard. Sophomores Seth Hinrichs (14.7 ppg), Dan Trist (12.7 ppg) and Joey Ptasinski (9.8 ppg) are three of the top four scorers on the squad while senior point guard Tony Johnson (11.1 ppg, 4.8 apg) runs the point for the Leopards.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 10-42 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 229-273 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach.
The dean of Patriot League coaches, Fran O'Hanlon (Villanova, 1970), is in his 18th year at Lafayette, boasting a 250-273 career record, all at the Easton, Pa., school. O'Hanlon has been named the league coach of the year three times.
What To Watch For
1) Lafayette's top 6 scorers have accounted for 90.0 pct. of pts.
2) Lafayette avg. just 61.0 ppg in losses; 74.7 ppg in wins.
3) Navy has yet to score 60 pts. in Patriot League play.
4) Lafayette outrebounded by 5.1 per gm.; Navy by 5.4 per gm.
5) Navy ranks 30th nationally in turnovers; Lafayette 179th.
# GO NAVY #