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Mids to Play at Holy Cross on Sunday at 12 Noon

Earl McLaurin

Feb. 21, 2014

Gameday Information
Navy (9-17, 4-11 PL) at Holy Cross (16-11, 10-5 PL)
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM (ET)
Navy Game Notes
Patriot League TV | Live Statistics
Live Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM and WFED 1500 AM

Sunday's Game Basics
The Navy men's basketball team (9-17, 4-11 PL) will play its final regular season road game of the 2014 season at Holy Cross (16-11, 10-5 PL) on Sunday at 12 noon at the Hart Center. Navy will conclude the regular season with a pair of home games at Alumni Hall next week.

Free live video of the game will be available on the Patriot League Digital Network. Navy radio's Pete Medhurst will also have the live call on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on WFED 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area.

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy is coming off a 72-65 loss at Lehigh on Wednesday.
• Sophomore center Will Kelly had a career day with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
• Kelly was 8-of-10 from the floor and had three dunks.
• Junior forward Worth Smith added 12 points and six rebounds and freshman guard Zach Fong had 12 points.
• Junior guard Brandon Venturini had 10 points and seven assists at Lehigh.
• Smith leads the team in scoring (11.6) and rebounds (5.2) while Venturini is second on the team in scoring (10.9) and first in assists (2.7).
• In conference games, Venturini and Smith share the team lead in scoring at 12.1 points per game.
• Fong leads all Patriot League freshmen in 3-pointers made per game (1.9) and 3-point field goal percentage (.420).
• Fong has made a 3-pointer in 11-straight games.
• Navy shot 38.3 percent (469-1223) from the field in its first 22 games of the season, but has shot 51.5 percent (105-204) from the field in its last four.
• Navy has shot its season-high from the floor in each of its past two games.
• Navy shot 54.3 percent in its win over Colgate on Feb. 15 and 54.9 in its loss at Lehigh on Feb. 19.
• The Navy-Holy Cross game will just be the second game played on a Sunday for Navy this season.
• Navy defeated Lafayette, 79-71, on Sunday, January 5.
• Navy is currently in ninth place in the Patriot League at 4-11.
• The Mids are one-game ahead of last-place Colgate (3-12) and sit one-game behind Loyola (5-10) and Lafayette (5-10), who are tied for seventh place.
• With Navy's nine overall wins, head coach Ed DeChellis has increased his win total in each of his first three years at Navy. The Mids won three games in 2012 and eight in 2013.
• With its four conference wins, Navy has doubled its 2013 total of two.
• Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 331 consecutive games.
• Navy has an all-time record of 1,315-981 (.573).



Holy Cross Storylines
• Holy Cross enters Sunday's game at 16-11 overall and in third place in the Patriot League at 10-5.
• The Crusaders had won four straight games before falling to Lafayette 76-64 on Wednesday.
• Senior forward Dave Dudzinski leads Holy Cross with 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
• Junior Malcolm Miller is second on the team with 10.4 points per game and junior Justin Burrell is third with 9.8 a contest.
• Freshman guard Anthony Thompson is the current Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
• Thompson averaged 9.5 points and 3.0 assists in wins over Lehigh and Army last week.
• Holy Cross would clinch a top-four seed and home game in the conference tournament quarterfinals with a win on Sunday.

Series History vs. Holy Cross
• Holy Cross leads the all-time series against Navy, 38-18.
• Holy Cross has won seven straight games in the series.
• The Crusaders defeated Navy in Annapolis on January 25, 67-52.
• Holy Cross led wire-to-wire and limited Navy to 38 percent shooting from the floor.
• Burrell scored 17 points, Dudzinski tallied 16 points and nine rebounds and Thompson added 10 points.
• Smith scored a game-high 19 points for Navy and had six rebounds and two blocks.
• Venturini scored 15 for the Mids.

Looking Ahead
• Navy will begin the final week of the regular season by hosting American on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall.
• Navy suffered a 72-54 defeat at American on January 29.
• American enters the weekend in second place with an 11-4 record, but the Eagles have dropped four of its last five games.
• American leads the all-time series, 41-38.

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