Navy to Host Holy Cross in Patriot League Quarterfinals on Thursday
Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals
No. 6 Holy Cross (11-18, 8-10 PL) at No. 3 Navy (20-11, 11-7 PL)
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
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Radio: 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The third-seeded Navy men's basketball team (20-11, 11-7 PL) will begin postseason play by hosting sixth-seeded Holy Cross (11-18, 8-10 PL) in a Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal contest on Thursday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall. The winner of the Navy-Holy Cross game will face the winner of Thursday's No. 7 Lafayette at No. 2 Colgate game on Sunday in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals.
Thursday's Patriot League Quarterfinal game will have free live video on the Patriot League Network and navysports.com. The game can also be heard on the radio on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV in Annapolis. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will have the call on the radio and video stream. Live statistics will be available.
Navy has earned the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament after going 11-7 in conference play.
At 11-7, Navy increased its conference win total from the previous season for the sixth straight year, which is the longest active streak in the NCAA.
Navy's conference win totals the last seven years were 0, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Navy's 11 conference wins are tied for the most by the program in the Patriot League era. Navy was 11-1 in Patriot League play in 2000.
Navy has won at least 10 Patriot League games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Navy's overall record is 20-11. The Mids have won 20 games for the ninth time in the 110-year history of the program and for the first time since 2000.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis has now won 20 games at three different schools (East Tennessee State and Penn State).
Navy went 5-1 in its last six games of the regular season.
Senior guard Shawn Anderson was recently named to the All-Patriot League First Team and senior guard Bryce Dulin was named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team.
Anderson was named to the all-league second team in 2017, while Dulin was also named to the all-defensive team a year ago.
Navy defeated Loyola in its regular season finale on Saturday, 62-56.
Junior forward George Kiernan scored 17 points, while Anderson scored 13 points and keyed a game-ending 15-2 run.
Anderson is leading Navy in scoring for the third straight season at 13.5 points per game.
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 eight 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; Xavier Cooks-Winthrop).
Anderson is currently the only player in the Patriot League to rank in the top-15 in the conference in scoring (13.5, 12th), rebounding (5.2, 14th) and assists (3.3, 8th).
Anderson ranks 16th at Navy in career scoring with 1,338 points. He recently passed 1986 graduate Kylor Whitaker (1,273 points) on the all-time scoring list and he is just six points away from moving into the top 15.
Anderson also ranks 12th in school history in career assists (310), 10th in defensive rebounds (362), 11th in free throws made (338), 10th in free throw attempts (493), fifth in games played (124), 10th in games started (95) and ninth in minutes played (3,265).
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.
Dulin ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.2 points per game.
Dulin has scored in double figures 18 times this year and has had at least 20 points in five games.
Dulin ranks 11th at Navy in career games played (116).
Junior guard Hasan Abdullah ranks third on the team in scoring (9.8) and is first in assists (3.4) and first in steals (2.1).
Abdullah ranks first in the Patriot League in steals per game (2.1) and is seventh in assists (3.4).
Abdullah also ranks 19th in the NCAA in steals per game (2.1) and is 20th in total steals (62).
Abdullah ranks 11th at Navy in career steals with 123.
His 62 steals this season ranks as the fifth-most in a single season in program history. Abdullah had 60 steals last year as a sophomore and that total ranks as the sixth-most in a single season.
Kiernan is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.6 points per game. He ranked second in scoring in conference only games at 11.5.
Kiernan returned from a two-game injury absence to score the 17 points in the win over Loyola on Saturday.
Senior forward Tom Lacey ranks fifth on the team in scoring (8.6) 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 (2.0).
Lacey ranks 11th at Navy in career rebounds with 606.
Lacey is also fifth in career offensive rebounds (223) and sixth in defensive rebounds (383). 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 13th in school history in career games started (91).
Sophomore center Evan Wieck is averaging 5.6 points and is shooting 63.9 percent from the field.
Wieck and Dulin are the lone Navy players to start all 31 games so far this season.
Wieck has made 43 starts so far in his first two seasons at Navy. The 43 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 5.3 points in his freshman season.
Davis' season 3-point field goal percentage of 40.3 ranks as the second-best by a freshman in school history.
Junior guard Ryan Pearson averaging 10.0 points over Navy's last two games. Pearson has made two 3-pointers in back-to-back games.
DeChellis has led Navy to a record of 55-41 (.573) 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 56 wins since 2015-16 is the seventh-highest total in a three-year span in program history.
Navy currently leads the Patriot League in scoring defense at 65.9 points allowed per game, offensive rebounds per game (10.8) and rebounding margin (+5.6).
This is the third straight season that Navy has led the Patriot League in rebounding margin.
Navy currently ranks 32nd in scoring defense (65.9) and is 36th in rebounding margin (+5.6).
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 124 career games, Dulin has played 116, Lacey has played 110 and Nourse Fox has played 104.
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.
Holy Cross Storylines
Holy Cross is the No. 6 seed for the Patriot League Tournament after going 8-10 in league play.
Holy Cross dropped two of its last three games of the regular seasons.
The Crusaders fell to regular season champion Bucknell in overtime, 68-67, defeated American, 70-64, and then fell at Colgate in the regular season finale on Saturday, 59-53.
Freshman forward Jacob Grandison scored a game-high 16 points in the loss at Colgate, while freshman guard Austin Butler scored 11.
Junior forward Jehyve Floyd tallied six points, seven rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.
Floyd was named the 2018 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned a spot on the all-defensive team and the all-conference second team.
Butler was named to the all-rookie team.
Floyd leads the team in scoring (11.8), rebounding (5.7) and blocked shots (2.2).
Floyd leads the Patriot League and ranks 29th in the NCAA in blocks per game (2.2). He also leads the Patriot League in field goal percentage (.657).
Butler is averaging 9.5 points and freshman guard Caleb Green is averaging 8.8 points.
Holy Cross ranks 10th in the Patriot League in scoring offense this season at 63.3 points per game.
Bill Carmody is in his third season as the head coach of Holy Cross.
Navy's Ed DeChellis was 12-4 against Carmody from 2004 to 2011 when the two were head coaches in the Big Ten at Penn State and Northwestern, respectively.
DeChellis has gone 5-2 against Carmody since they have both been in the Patriot League.
Series History vs. Holy Cross
Navy swept Holy Cross in the 2017-18 season series.
Navy won the first meeting in Annapolis in overtime, 61-56, on Jan. 11.
The Mids opened the overtime period on a 7-0 run to take control of the game. The game was tied at 48-48 at the end of regulation.
George Kiernan scored a team-high 13 points, while Bryce Dulin and Hasan Abdullah each added 10.
In the game in Worcester on Feb. 7, Navy turned in an historic defensive effort in a 69-34 victory.
Navy held Holy Cross to just 11 first-half points in the contest (40-11), which is the third-lowest allowed by Navy in school history.
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.
Cam Davis scored a career-high 18 points in his first career start.
Kiernan scored 14 points with seven rebounds.
Holy Cross is 3-2 against Navy in Patriot League Tournament games, but the Mids won the last meeting just last season.
Navy defeated Holy Cross in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals in 2017, 49-42.
Navy held Holy Cross to just 12 first-half points in the quarterfinal game, which ranks just behind this season's total of 11 points in the game at Worcester and is the fourth-lowest in school history.
Kiernan scored a game-high 18 points in the game and made a critical 3-pointer when the game was tied at 42-42 with 30 seconds left.
Navy has won four-straight games and six of its last eight games against the Crusaders.
In the last four games in the series that ended in regulation, Navy has only allowed Holy Cross to score 43.5 points per game.
Holy Cross leads the all-time series against Navy, 42-24.
Looking Ahead: Patriot League Tournament Semifinals
With a win over Holy Cross on Thursday, Navy would advance to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals for the second straight year and for the eighth time in school history.
If No. 2 Colgate also wins on Thursday, Navy would play at Colgate on Sunday. If Colgate is upset by No. 7 Lafayette, Navy would host a semifinal game on Sunday.
The Patriot League Tournament Championship will be played on Wednesday, March 7.
Patriot League Tournament Notes
Navy is making its 27th appearance in the Patriot League Tournament.
Navy is 16-23 all-time in the Patriot League Tournament and 5-18 in the quarterfinal game.
Navy defeated Holy Cross in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal last season, 49-42.
It was Navy's first quarterfinal win (and semifinal appearance) since 2001.
Navy fell to Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals last season, 70-65.
Navy is 12-2 in tournament games played in Annapolis.
Navy is 2-3 all-time against Holy Cross in the postseason tournament.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis is 3-6 in the tournament.
The No. 3 seed is the highest for Navy since being the No. 3 seed in 2009.
Navy is 2-2 all-time as a No. 3 seed. Navy advanced to the Patriot League final as the No. 3 seed in 1995, and lost in the quarterfinal as the No. 3 seed in 2009.
Navy has won at least won tournament game in each of the last three years (first round games in 2015 and 2016, and a quarterfinal win in 2017).
Navy won the Patriot League Tournament in 1994, 1997 and 1998.
Holy Cross has won the tournament six times, most recently as the No. 9 seed in 2016.
Anderson and Dulin Earn All-Conference Honors
Shawn Anderson has been named to the 2017-18 All-Patriot League First Team and Bryce Dulin has been named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team.
Anderson was previously named to the All-Patriot League Second Team following the 2016-17 season and was named to the five-member All-Patriot League Preseason Team prior to this season.
As of Feb. 26, Anderson was averaging 13.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.7 minutes.
As of Feb. 26, Anderson was the only player in the Patriot League who ranks in the top 15 in the conference in scoring (12th), rebounding (14th) and assists (eighth).
Anderson became the first player in Navy history to amass over 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists this season.
Anderson is the first Navy player to earn first-team all-conference honors since Worth Smith in 2015. He is Navy's first two-time all-league honoree since 2010 graduate Chris Harris. Harris was named to the all-league second team twice and the all-league first team once.
Dulin has been named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team for the second-straight season.
Dulin's defensive efforts have helped Navy rank first in the Patriot League and 32nd in the NCAA in scoring defense this season at 65.9 points allowed per game (as of Feb. 26).
Dulin also routinely draws the defensive assignment on opposing teams' best players.
Dulin ranks second on the team with 13 offensive charges drawn.
As of Feb. 26, Dulin is averaging 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists in 29.0 minutes.
This is just the third year of the Patriot League's All-Defensive Team. Will Kelly was named to the inaugural team in 2016 and Dulin has made the squad the last two years.
Anderson Selected as One of 10 Finalists for Senior CLASS Award
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.
Fans can vote by clicking here.
Lacey is a Dark Horse Dunker Candidate for the College Slam Dunk Championship
Navy senior forward Tom Lacey is currently in the semifinals in the Dark Horse Dunker contest for the final spot in the College Slam Dunk Championship.
For the eighth consecutive year, the final spot for the College Slam Dunk Championship will be reserved for the winner of the Dark Horse Dunker contest.
The Dark Horse Dunker contest is designed to find the country's most electric under-the-radar player with hops and creativity that belongs on the national stage, via a fan vote.
The College Slam Dunk Championship will take place in San Antonio, Texas over Final Four weekend on Thursday, March 29, 2018 and will air live on ESPN2 on 9 PM (ET).
Semifinal voting is open now through March 9 at 1 pm (ET) at www.darkhorsedunker.com.
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.