Men's Basketball to Host Loyola on Senior Day Saturday on CBS Sports Network
Loyola (8-20, 6-11 PL) at Navy (19-11, 10-7 PL)
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 | 2:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
TV - CBS Sports Network
Radio: 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV & 1500 AM WFED
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's basketball team (19-11, 10-7 PL) will host Loyola (8-20, 6-11 PL) on Senior Day on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Alumni Hall. Navy will honor its four senior members of the Class of 2018 in a pregame ceremony.
Heading into the final game of the regular season, Navy can finish anywhere from the No. 3 seed to the No. 5 seed for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. Navy is currently tied for third place with Lehigh, but the Mids hold the tiebreaker due to their season sweep of the Mountain Hawks. A Navy win would clinch the No. 3 seed and a home game in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals.
Saturday's game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with John Sadak (play-by-play) and Mo Cassara (analyst) serving as the broadcast team. This is Navy's sixth game on CBS Sports Network this season. Due to the national television broadcast, there will not be live streaming video.
Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will have the radio call on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV in Annapolis and on 1500 AM WFED in Washington, D.C. However, the Navy-Loyola game will not be picked up on the radio until after the conclusion of the Navy at Boston U. men's lacrosse game, which begins at 1:00 PM. Live statistics will be available.
Navy to Recognize Class of 2018 in Senior Day Ceremony on Saturday
Navy will honor its four-member senior Class of 2018 prior to Saturday's game against Loyola.
Navy's four seniors are team captain Shawn Anderson, Bryce Dulin, Nourse Fox and Tom Lacey.
Navy's four seniors have combined to score 2,828 career points with 1,486 rebounds and 663 assists in 450 games entering Saturday's Senior Day game.
The Class of 2018 has an overall record of 67-60 and a Patriot League record of 37-34.
The senior class has the most overall wins by a class since the Class of 2002 (72) and the most Patriot League wins since the Class of 2001 (39).
The Class of 2018 is five wins shy of tying for 10th place at Navy for most wins by a senior class.
The Class of 2018 is the first class in program history to have four different players each play over 100 career games as Anderson (123), Dulin (115), Fox (103) and Lacey (109) each accomplished the feat.
The seniors helped Navy advance to its first Patriot League Tournament semifinal since 2001 when the team accomplished the feat last season.
Anderson was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and Dulin was named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team last season.
Lacey received USMC Ground as his service assignment, while Fox received USMC Pilot.
Dulin received Navy Pilot as his service assignment.
Anderson received Surface Warfare and later chose the USS Pearl Harbor out of San Diego on Ship Selection night as his first ship.
Navy enters its regular-season finale in third place in the Patriot League standings at 10-7.
The Mids are coming off an 85-61 loss at first-place Bucknell on Wednesday.
Junior point guard Hasan Abdullah scored a season-high 19 points on Wednesday and made four 3-pointers.
Junior guard Ryan Pearson chipped in with a season-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Navy's loss to Bucknell on Wednesday snapped a four-game overall winning streak and a six-game road winning streak.
Navy is one win away from winning 20 games in a season for the first time since 2000 (23-6).
Head coach Ed DeChellis is also one win away from winning 20 games at a third different school (East Tennessee State and Penn State).
Navy's 19 wins currently rank as the ninth-most in a single season in school history.
Navy has won 10 Patriot League games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
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.
A win over Loyola would have Navy increasing its conference win total for the sixth straight year from the previous season and would give the Mids the longest active streak in the NCAA, as South Carolina's streak has ended this season.
Senior Shawn Anderson is leading Navy in scoring for the third straight season at 13.7 points per game.
Anderson was named the Patriot League Player of the Week this Monday for his efforts against Lafayette (28 points) and Boston U. (13 points) last week.
Anderson has become the first player in Navy history to amass over 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 300 career assists.
Additionally, Anderson is one of just seven active players in the NCAA with over 1,300 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists (Bogdan Bliznyuk-Eastern Washington; Divine Myles-Stetson; Jahad Thomas-UMass-Lowell; Vince Edwards-Purdue; John Konchar-IPFW; Jevon Carter-West Virginia).
Anderson is currently the only player in the Patriot League to rank in the top-15 in the conference in scoring (13.6, 14th), rebounding (5.3, 14th) and assists (3.3, 8th).
Anderson ranks 16th at Navy in career scoring with 1,325 points. He recently passed 1986 graduate Kylor Whitaker (1,273 points) on the all-time scoring list. He is 19 points away from moving into the top 15.
Anderson also ranks 12th in school history in career assists (307), 10th in defensive rebounds (361), 12th in free throws made (335), 10th in free throw attempts (490), sixth in games played (123), 11th in games started (94) and 11th in minutes played (3,236).
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.
Senior guard Bryce Dulin ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game.
Dulin has scored in double figures 18 times this year and has had at least 20 points in five games.
Abdullah ranks third on the team in scoring (10.0) and is first in assists (3.5) and first in steals (2.1).
Abdullah ranks second in the Patriot League in steals per game (2.1) and is seventh in assists (3.5).
Abdullah also ranks 24th in the NCAA in steals per game (2.1) and is 17th in total steals (59). Abdullah ranks 13th at Navy in career steals with 120.
His 59 steals this season ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in program history. Abdullah had 60 steals last year as a sophomore and that total ranks as the fifth-most in a single season in program history.
Junior forward George Kiernan is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game. Kiernan missed the last two games due to an injury.
Senior forward Tom Lacey ranks fifth on the team in scoring (8.7) and is first in rebounding (6.6).
Lacey ranks fifth in the Patriot League in rebounds per game (6.6) and is fourth in offensive rebounds per game (1.9).
Lacey ranks 12th at Navy in career rebounds with 599.
Lacey is also fifth in career offensive rebounds (219) and sixth in defensive rebounds (380). The offensive and defensive school records date back to 1986-87.
Lacey's career field goal percentage of .514 currently ranks as the 13th best in program history.
He also ranks 15th in school history in career games started (90).
Sophomore center Evan Wieck is averaging 5.8 points and is shooting 65.0 percent from the field.
Wieck and Dulin are the lone Navy players to start all 30 games so far this season.
Wieck has made 42 starts so far in his first two seasons at Navy. The 42 starts are the most by a Navy player in their first two seasons since Worth Smith started 47 games in his first two seasons (2012-13 and 2012-13 seasons).
Freshman guard Cam Davis is averaging 5.2 points in his freshman season.
Davis' season 3-point field goal percentage of 40.7% ranks as the second-best by a freshman in school history.
Head coach Ed DeChellis has led Navy to a record of 54-41 (.568) 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.
The 54 wins since 2015-16 is the eighth-highest total in a three-year span in program history.
Navy currently leads the Patriot League in scoring defense at 66.3 points allowed per game, offensive rebounds per game (10.8) and rebounding margin (+6.0).
This is the third straight season that Navy has led the Patriot League in rebounding margin.
Navy currently ranks 27th in the NCAA in rebounding margin (+6.0) and 38th in scoring defense (66.3).
Navy has not been outrebounded by its opponent in its last 16 games.
Navy is 13-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points. Navy has won the last 24 games in which it scored at least 70 points.
Navy's senior class has become the first class in program history to have four different players each play at least 100 career games.
Anderson has played 123 career games, Dulin has played 115, Lacey has played 109 and Nourse Fox has played 103.
Three previous classes have had three players each play 100 career games (Classes of 2016, 2003 and 2001).
Head coach Ed DeChellis is in his seventh season at Navy. He won his 300th career game at Lafayette on Jan. 17.
Loyola enters Saturday's game at 8-20 overall and 6-11 in the Patriot League.
The Greyhounds are currently tied with Army West Point for eighth place in the league standings.
Loyola has dropped its last four games to Lafayette (84-67), Bucknell (94-51), Colgate (68-47) and Lehigh (80-74).
Andre Walker led Loyola with 19 points in the loss to Lehigh on Wednesday.
Walker leads Loyola in scoring this season at 15.9 points per game.
Cam Gregory and Chuck Champion are tied for second on the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game.
Andrew Kostecka is averaging 10.7 points and Isaiah Hart is averaging 10.4.
Gregory leads the team and ranks second in the Patriot League in rebounding at 8.4 per game.
Gregory leads the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.3), while ranking 20th in the NCAA in the category.
Kostecka leads the Patriot League in steals per game at 2.13 and Navy's Hasan Abdullah is right behind him at 2.11 steals per game.
Loyola head coach G.G. Smith is in his fifth season at the school.
Series History vs. Loyola
Navy holds a 26-7 lead in the all-time series against Loyola.
Navy had won six-straight games in the series before Loyola beat Navy earlier this season on Dec. 29, 72-63.
The first Navy-Loyola game this season was the Patriot League opener for both teams, and Navy played without starting forward Tom Lacey.
The two teams were tied at 58-58 with four minutes remaining, but Loyola finished the game on a 14-5 run.
Hasan Abdullah led Navy with 16 points.
Loyola's three starting guards combined for 51 points.
Andre Walker scored 18, Chuck Champion scored 17 and Isaiah Hart added 16.
Navy is 14-3 all-time in home games against the Greyhounds and Navy has won three straight in the series in Alumni Hall.
Looking Ahead: 2018 Patriot League Tournament
Navy will open the 2018 Patriot League Tournament in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, March 1.
Navy can still finish as the No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5 seed.
If Navy finishes the season as a top-four seed, it will have a home game on Thursday, March 1. If Navy falls to the No. 5 seed, it would play at Boston U. on Thursday.
The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round on Sunday, March 4. The Patriot League Tournament Championship will be played on Wednesday, March 7.
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Parking / Shuttle Information
All fans attending the game are encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Fans can enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. and pay $5 for parking. The shuttle is free and the pick up and drop off spot is in front of the Blue Angel plane. The shuttle will run from one hour before the start of the game to one hour after the game concludes. Fans ages 18 and over need photo ID to enter the Academy. Parking at the stadium is the best option for fans attending the game. Due to Naval Academy security restrictions, the general public can not drive their vehicles on to the Yard. The pedestrian entries at Gate 1, Gate 3 and Gate 8, will be open.