Mids Look to Maintain Momentum Sunday at Colgate
Feb. 22, 2013
NAVY (8-19, 2-9 PL) at Colgate (10-18, 4-7 PL)
Sunday, February 24, 2013 | 12:00 PM (ET)
Hamilton, N.Y. | Cotterell Court (3,100)
Video Streaming: Navy All-Access / Patriot League All-Access
Radio: Colgate Broadcast -- WKXZ (93.9 FM, WKXZFM.com)
Live Stats: NavySports.com
Twitter Updates: @NavyAthletics
Tickets: Available at Cotterell Court entrance.
Series: Colgate leads, 28-24 (Colgate, win-3)
Navy (8-19, 2-9) looks to keep its momentum going on Sunday as the Midshipmen head to Hamilton, N.Y., for a noon tip-off against Colgate at Cotterell Court. No Navy radio will be available, but live streaming video will be available on NavySports.com(.) Live stats will be provided on NavySports.com, and as always, Twitter updates will be provided (@NavyAthletics).
Navy enters the contest with an 8-19 overall record and a 2-9 Patriot League mark after Wednesday's 50-44 win over American. The Midshipmen are looking for their first two-game Patriot League winning streak since Jan. 22-29, 2011 (three straight).
The Midshipmen rank 44th in the country in scoring defense (60.6 ppg) and 28th in turnovers per game (11.3), but is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field to rank 320th nationally while ranking 339th in the country in scoring offense (56.7 ppg).
Sophomore Worth Smith paces the Mids in scoring (10.5 ppg), rebounds (5.9 rpg), blocks (33) and steals (31). He has needs 19 points for 500 in his career and just became the third player in school history to record 400 points, 300 rebounds and 50 blocked shots by the end of his sophomore season.
Freshman Tilman Dunbar averages 5.1 assists per game to rank third nationally among freshmen. He has moved into the Navy freshman top 10 scoring list and needs 32 points and 11 assists to become the first Navy player since 1991 (Erik Harris) with 300 points and 150 assists.
Sophomore Brandon Venturini (9.0 ppg) ranks third in the Patriot League with 61 three-pointers, needing just one trifecta to move into Navy's top 10 list (Michael Heary - 62 in 1997).
Colgate is 10-18 overall and in sixth place in the league standings with a 4-7 record. The Raiders are coming off a 77-63 setback at Army and have lost four of their last five games. The lone victory was a big one, as they knocked off Lehigh, 64-60, on Feb. 16.
Leading the Raiders is Maine transfer Murphy Burnatowski, who torched the Mids for 29 points in the first meeting. The 6-7 junior is second in the league in scoring (17.2 ppg) and has made 60 three-pointers on the season. Pat Moore contributes 10.1 points per game while Brandon James follows at 8.1 ppg.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 11-45 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 230-276 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach.
Matt Langel (Penn, 2000) is in his second year at Colgate, owning an 18-40 career record. Prior to his time at Colgate, he served as an assistant coach at both Penn and Temple. Langel owns a 3-0 mark against Navy during his time at Colgate.
What To Watch For
1) Burnatowski scored 29 pts in 1st meeting; rest of team 41 pts.
2) Colgate is 2-17 when scoring 64 or less; 8-1 at 65 or more.
3) Colgate allows 70.0 ppg; Navy scores 56.7 ppg.
4) Colgate has shot 50.0+ percent in 4 of last 6 gms vs. Navy.
5) Navy forced just 8 TOs in first meeting; Colgate had 18 asts.
# GO NAVY #