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Army-Navy Men's Basketball Star Game Set for Saturday at West Point

Feb. 9, 2018

Game Information
Navy (16-10, 7-6 PL) at Army West Point (13-11, 6-7 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 | 1:30 PM (ET)
West Point, N.Y. | Christl Arena (5,043)
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV and 1500 AM WFED
Live Statistics | Game Notes

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The annual Army-Navy men's basketball Star Game will be played on Saturday at 1:30 PM at Army's Christl Arena. Navy enters Saturday's game at 16-10 overall and in sole possession of fourth place in the Patriot League at 7-6. Army West Point is 13-11 overall and sits in a three-way tie for fifth place at 6-7. The men's game will follow the Army-Navy women's game, which begins at 11:00 AM.

Saturday's game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network with Bob Socci and Mo Cassara serving as the broadcast team. The game will also be shown on the American Forces Network on a tape delay. The game will air on the AFN sports channel at 2:30 PM (Afghanistan Time) on Sunday, Feb. 11. Live internet video will not be available due to the national television broadcast.

Pete Medhurst will have the Navy radio call on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV in Annapolis and on 1430wnav.com. The game will also air on 1500 AM WFED in Washington, D.C. Live statistics will also be available.

Saturday's Army-Navy men's basketball game is a part of the overall 2017-18 Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA. The two men's basketball teams play for the Alumni Trophy.

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy is coming off a 35-point win at Holy Cross (69-34) on Wednesday evening.
• The 34 points allowed was the second-lowest by Navy in program history, behind its 55-33 win over Penn State on Feb. 9, 1974.
• Freshman guard Cam Davis made his first career start on Wednesday and scored a career-high18 points.
• Davis was 6-of-8 from the floor, 3-of-4 on 3-pointers and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
• Davis filled in for starter and leading scorer Shawn Anderson who missed the game due to illness.
• Junior forward George Kiernan scored 14 points with a game-high seven rebounds against Holy Cross.
• Senior guard Bryce Dulin tallied 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists.
• Junior guard Ryan Pearson scored a season-high nine points, while senior guard Nourse Fox dished out a career-best seven assists.
• Navy won its fourth straight Patriot League road game on Wednesday at Holy Cross. Navy previously won at Lafayette (75-72), Lehigh (77-75) and American (61-44).
• The road wins have been critical, as Navy has lost four straight home games.
• Navy enters Saturday's game in sole possession of fourth place in the Patriot League at 7-6 with five games to play.
• Navy has won five straight games at Christl Arena.
• Fox played in his 99th career game on Wednesday and is certainly expected to make his 100th career appearance for Navy on Saturday at Army.
• When Fox makes his 100th career appearance, Navy's Class of 2018 will become the first class in Navy history to have four players each play at least 100 career games. Anderson currently has played 119 career games, Dulin has played 111 and senior forward Tom Lacey has played 105.
• Three previous classes have had three players each play 100 career games (Classes of 2016, 2003 and 2001).
• Head coach Ed DeChellis has led Navy to a record of 51-40 (.560) since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, which is the program's best three-year winning percentage since 1999-01, when Don DeVoe led Navy to a 62-25 record (.713) over three years.
• Anderson is currently the only player in the Patriot League to rank in the top-15 in the conference in scoring (13.2, 14th), rebounding (5.3, 13th) and assists (3.3, 7th).
• Anderson is leading Navy in scoring for the third straight season at 13.2 points per game.
• Anderson ranks 17th at Navy in career scoring with 1,261 points. He is 12 points away from tying Kylor Whitaker `86 for 16th place at 1,273 career points.
• Anderson also ranks 12th in career assists (293), 12th in free throws made (312), 10th in free throw attempts (458), eighth in games played (119), 12th in games started (91) and 13th in minutes played (3,114).
• Anderson is one of just four players in school history to amass over 1,000 career points, 450 rebounds and 250 assists. The other three players are Kaleo Kina, Greg Sprink and Kylor Whitaker.
• Anderson is seven assists and five rebounds away from becoming the first player in school history to collect over 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 300 career assists.
• Anderson was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team last season and also to the Patriot League All-Preseason Team prior to the 2017-18 season.
• Anderson is one of 10 finalists for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award.
• Anderson was one of 256 future surface warfare officers at the Naval Academy who took part in Ship Selection night on Jan 25. Anderson picked the USS Pearl Harbor, a dock-landing ship based in San Diego.
• Dulin ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game.
• Junior guard Hasan Abdullah and Kiernan are tied for third on the team in scoring at 9.7 points per game.
• Abdullah leads Navy in assists (3.6) and steals (2.2). He ranks second in the Patriot League and 21st in the NCAA in steals per game (2.2). He also ranks 18th in the NCAA in total steals (53).
• Abdullah ranks 17th at Navy in career steals with 114.
• Kiernan had three double-doubles in the month of January.
• Kiernan is averaging 7.1 rebounds over the last 10 games, after averaging 3.1 rebounds for the first 16 games of the season.
• Kiernan ranks fourth in the Patriot League in free throw percentage (.846).
• Lacey ranks fourth on the team in scoring (8.8) and is first in rebounding (6.5).
• Lacey ranks fourth in the Patriot League in rebounds per game (6.5).
• Lacey ranks 15th at Navy in career rebounds with 570.
• Lacey is also sixth in career offensive rebounds (212) and ninth in defensive rebounds (358). The offensive and defensive school records date back to 1986-87.
• Lacey's career field goal percentage of .511 currently ranks as the 13th best in program history.
• He also ranks 16th in school history in career games started (86).
• Sophomore center Evan Wieck is averaging 6.1 points and is shooting 66.7 percent from the field.
• Davis is averaging 5.5 points in his freshman season. Davis' season 3-point field goal percentage of 43.4% ranks as the second-best by a freshman in school history.
• Davis is averaging 6.8 points in conference games.
• Navy is 12-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points. Navy has won the last 23 games in which it scored at least 70 points.
• Navy currently leads the Patriot League in scoring defense at 64.4 points allowed per game, offensive rebounds per game (10.9) and rebounding margin (+5.9).
• This is the third straight season that Navy has led the Patriot League in rebounding margin.
• Navy currently ranks 32nd in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+5.9) and 44th in scoring defense (66.4).
• Entering this season, Navy has increased its conference win total from the previous season for five straight years. Navy won 10 conference games last season in 2016-17.
• The streak of five straight years of increasing conference victories is tied with South Carolina (SEC) for the longest such active streak in the NCAA.
• Head coach Ed DeChellis is in his seventh season at Navy. He won his 300th career game at Lafayette on Jan. 17.

 

 

Army West Point Storylines
• Army West Point (13-11, 6-7 PL) is coming off an 81-54 loss at Lafayette on Wednesday.
• Lafayette held Army to a season-low 54 points in the 27-point victory.
• Army also shot a season-low 35.5 percent from the field (22-of-62) and a season-low 21.4 percent on 3-pointers (6-of-28).
• Junior guard Jordan Fox scored a team-high 11 points, while sophomore center Matt Wilson had 10 points with five rebounds.
• Fox leads Army in scoring this season (14.0) and Wilson is second (12.9). Wilson leads Army in rebounding (6.0).
• Sophomore guard Tommy Funk is averaging 10.3 points and a team-best 5.9 assists.
• Army ranks third in the Patriot League in scoring offense (76.3).
• The Black Knights lead the league in assists (17.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and 3-pointers made (10.0).
• Jimmy Allen is in his second season as head coach of Army West Point.
• Allen served as an assistant coach at Navy for six seasons from the 1996-97 season through the 2001-02 season under Don DeVoe.

Series History vs. Army West Point
• Navy has won five straight games at Christl Arena.
• Navy's seniors are 3-0 all-time at Christl and could become the third Navy straight class to go 4-0 in their careers at Army.
• Navy leads the all-time series against Army, 78-50. Navy has won six of the last nine meetings in the series.
• The series has produced a number of very close games in recent history. The last two games were decided by a total of five points and the two games before that went to overtime.
• Saturday's game will be the 2018 Star Game. Navy leads the all-time Star Series, 56-38.
• Navy had won three straight Star Games from 2014 to 2016, but Army won the 2017 Star Game, 71-68.
• Army rallied from a 25-point deficit (trailed 54-29; 12:51 in the 2nd) to stun Navy in the 2017 Star Game in Annapolis.
• Army posted a 64-62 win earlier this season in Annapolis on Jan. 14.
• Army led the entire game and built up a big enough cushion to hold off Navy's late 10-2 run in the final 29 seconds.
• Navy shot just 32 percent in the game (19-of-59) and committed 18 turnovers.
• Navy senior guard Shawn Anderson scored a game-high 24 points with eight rebounds. He also received nine stitches to his nose during the game.
• Army's Alex King came off the bench to score 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the game against Navy earlier this season.

Looking Ahead: Navy to Host Lafayette on Valentine's Day
• Navy will next host Lafayette on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
• Navy defeated Lafayette earlier this season in Easton, 75-72.
• Senior Bryce Dulin hit the game-winning 3-pointer as the clock struck 0:00.
• Lafayette (7-17, 5-8 PL) will host Loyola on Sunday before the game against Navy on Wednesday.

Anderson Selected as One of 10 Finalists for Senior CLASS Award
• Navy senior Navy senior guard Shawn Anderson has been selected as one of 10 NCAA men's basketball finalists for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award.
• Anderson was named as one of the 10 finalists on Feb. 8. He was previously named as one of 30 candidates on Jan. 4.
• To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
• Nationwide fan voting for the Senior CLASS Award is now open and goes through March 19.
• Anderson was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team following the 2016-17 season. He was one of five players named to the Patriot League All-Preseason Team prior to the 2017-18 season.
• Anderson co-founded the non-profit Forever Red Hurricanes with a high school classmate. One program under the Forever Red Hurricanes organization is the `Canes Coats for Kids, which solicits donations from the community to provide warm coats for children in need. There is also an annual coat drive at the New Castle Basketball Tip-Off Classic.
• Another program under the Forever Red Hurricanes is "Transitioning to Success," which is a mentor program that helps sixth-graders transition to seventh grade.
• Anderson is also involved with a community service outreach group in Annapolis at a local housing authority complex.
• As a junior, Anderson received the Naval Academy's inaugural Community Service Athlete of the Year Award.
• Anderson, Navy's team captain, will be commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy following his graduation as a quantitative economics major in May. His service assignment is Surface Warfare Officer.
• Other notable finalists include West Virginia's Jevon Carter and Gonzaga's Jonathan Williams. Army's Luke Morrison is also a finalist.
• This is the first time that a Navy men's basketball player has been selected as a candidate for the Senior Class Award.

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