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Men's Basketball Travels To Bucknell for Wednesday Evening Tilt

Will Kelly

Feb. 11, 2014

Gameday Information
Navy (8-15, 3-9 PL) at Bucknell (10-13, 5-7 PL)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | 6:00 PM (ET)
Lewisburg, Pa. | Sojka Pavilion (4,000)
Navy Game Notes | Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM
Patriot League TV | Live Statistics

Wednesday's Game Basics
Navy (8-15, 3-9 PL) will look to win a second straight road game and complete a season sweep of Bucknell (10-13, 5-7 PL) on Wednesday at 6:00 PM at Sojka Pavilion. The game was originally scheduled for 7:00 PM but was moved up an hour due to impending inclement weather.

Free live video of the game will be available on the Patriot League Digital Network. Live radio of the game can be heard in the Annapolis area on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM with Pete Medhurst handling the play-by-play. The radio broadcast will begin at 5:45 PM.

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy is coming off a 79-57 win at Army in the Star Game on Saturday.
• Junior forward Worth Smith scored 23 points and had eight rebounds.
• Sophomore guard Kendall Knorr had 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds
. • Junior guard Brandon Venturini tallied 12 points, eight assists and three steals.
• Sophomore center Will Kelly collected six points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
• Junior point guard Earl McLaurin tallied nine points on 3-of-4 shooting on three pointers.
• Navy set an Army-Navy Game record for highest three-point field goal percentage at 55 percent (11-of-20).
• Navy shots 63 percent in the second half (17-of-27) and outscored Army 42-24 after leading by four at the half.
• Navy won the Star Game and possesses the Alumni Trophy for the first time since 2011.
• Navy enters Wednesday's game tied for eighth place in the Patriot League with Colgate at 3-9.
• Smith is leading Navy with 11.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game.
• Venturini is second with 10.4 points per game.
• Smith scored over 20 points for the second time this season in the Army game. He scored a career-high 26 points against Lehigh on Jan. 22.
• Knorr and Venturini both had career-high totals of eight assists against Army.
• Freshman guard Zach Fong has made a three pointer in eight straight games.
• Fong leads all Patriot League freshmen in three pointers made per game (1.9) and three-point field goal percentage (.412).
• Head coach Ed DeChellis improved to 3-4 all-time against Army.
• DeChellis has also tied his win total from last season (8) and his three conference wins are the most since taking over at Navy prior to the 2011-12 season.
• Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 328 consecutive games.
• Navy has an all-time record of 1,314-979 (.573).



Bucknell Storylines
• The Bison are coming off a 66-50 loss at Holy Cross on Saturday.
• Bucknell shot just 32.7 percent from the floor and trailed by as much as 21.
• Bucknell fell to 5-7 in the Patriot League and is tied for sixth with Loyola.
• Bucknell is 2-6 over its last eight games with its two wins coming against Loyola and Colgate.
• Bucknell has lost two straight home games to Lafayette and Boston U.
• 2013 First-Team All-Conference guard Cameron Ayers leads Bucknell with 15.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game.
• Sophomore guard Chris Haas is second on the team with 10.9 points and graduate student Brian Fitzpatrick averages 9.5 points.
• Ayers is third in the conference in scoring and Fitzpatrick is first in field goal percentage (.617).
• Bucknell won the 2013 Patriot League Tournament Championship.

Series History vs. Bucknell
• Navy leads the all-time series against Bucknell, 35-33.
• Navy defeated Bucknell, 62-61, on Jan. 15 in Annapolis.
• The Mids led by as many as 16 in the second half before holding off a late Bucknell rally for the one-point lead.
• Venturini had a game-high 14 points and four assists, Smith had 13 points and seven boards and Fong added 10 points.
• The win in January snapped an eight-game losing steak to Bucknell.
• Navy will be seeking its sixth season sweep of Bucknell during the Patriot League era and its first since 2010.
• Bucknell is 12-2 against Navy at Sojka Pavilion with Navy's last win in Lewisburg coming in 2010.

Looking Ahead
• Navy will next host Colgate on Saturday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall.
• Colgate defeated Navy, 63-41, in Hamilton on January 18.
• Colgate holds a 30-24 lead in the all-time series but Navy is 14-12 in games played in Annapolis.
• Navy and Colgate both enter Wednesday's games at 3-9 in the Patriot League and in a tie for eighth place.
• Colgate upset American, 63-60, on Saturday in Washington, D.C. The Raiders are hosting Boston U. on Wednesday.

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