Navy Set to Host Colgate in Patriot League Quarterfinals on Wednesday Night
March 3, 2009
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUARTERFINALS
 NAVY (19-10 / 8-6 PL) vs.  COLGATE (9-19 / 5-9 PL)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 7:00 pm (ET)
Annapolis, Md. Alumni Hall (5,710)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM / www.WNAV.com)
Radio Talent: Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary
Live Video: NavySports.com (All-Access only)
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY or available at game
Series: Tied, 22-22 (Navy, win-2)
Last Meeting: Feb. 28, 2009 (Navy, 77-64)
The Navy men's basketball begins its quest for a Patriot League Tournament title on Wednesday night when it hosts Colgate in the quarterfinal round, beginning at 7:00 pm at Alumni Hall. The game will be available over the radio on WNAV (1430 AM) with Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary calling all the action. The game will be streamed online as part of the Navy and Patriot League All-Access packages on NavySports.com and PatriotLeague.com. The Mids enter the contest with an 19-10 overall record and finished 8-6 in the Patriot League, securing the third seed for the Patriot League Tournament. Colgate is 9-19 overall and finished 5-9 in the league, good for a tie for fifth place. Because of tiebreakers, Colgate earned the sixth seed.
Scouting Navy (19-10 / 8-6 PL)
Picked sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll, the Navy men's basketball team wrapped up the third seed for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament and enters the quarterfinal round looking for its 20th win of the season and 13th home win of the 2008-09 campaign. Navy's last 20-win season came in the 1999-00 year (23-6) and has been reached by just eight previous teams in school history.
Senior guard Kaleo Kina leads Navy with a 17.9 ppg average and was honored by the league coaches as a first-team All-Patriot League selection. He ranks in the league's top 10 in scoring (1st), assists (4th), rebounding (6th) and steals (6th). He is one of two Patriot League players in league history to score 1,500 points, grab 400 rebounds, dish out 300 assists and grab 150 steals (Lafayette's Brian Ehlers).
Also averaging in double figures is junior guard Chris Harris (15.6 ppg, 1.4 spg), who garnered second-team accolades. He already has 84 three-pointers this year, the second most in a season in school history, and needs just five points to become the second current Midshipmen (Kaleo Kina) and 19th player in school history to score 1,000 points. Harris also needs just one three-pointer for 200 in his career.
The last Navy player to average double-figures is Adam Teague (11.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Teague has started 22 games this year and has contributed 18 double-digit efforts. He ranks in the Patriot League's top 15 in six-of-12 categories, and has made 73 three-pointers this year, the fifth most in school history and the most nationally for a player 6-8 or taller.
Sophomore point guard O.J. Avworo averages 3.6 apg (6th in PL) with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.35 (6th in PL), while sophomore center Mark Veazey ranks seventh in the Patriot League in rebounding (5.5 rpg), third in field goal percentage (.536) and second in blocked shots (1.14 bpg).
Navy shoots 41.5 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from long distance and 71.9 percent from the free throw line, while scoring a league-best 71.4 ppg.
Defensively, Navy is allowing 68.8 ppg and foes are shooting 41.0 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from long distance and 66.9 percent from the free throw line.
Scouting Colgate (9-19 / 5-9 PL)
Last year's Patriot League Tournament runner-up, Colgate, struggled to a 9-19 overall record and went 5-9 in the Patriot League. The Raiders controlled their own destiny for a home playoff game, but its loss to Navy on Saturday and Army's win over Bucknell dropping them to the sixth seed.
The Raiders have been hit hard by injuries, losing all-league guard Kyle Roemer to a knee injury before the season started and then losing its athletic center, Alex Woodhouse, to a knee injury a couple of weeks ago. The Raiders enter Wednesday's game having lost five in a row, including their 77-64 loss to Navy on Saturday night.
Sophomore guard Mike Venezia leads the Raiders with a 10.6 ppg average. Ben Jonson also averages in double figures at 10.2 ppg and 5.0 rpg, while freshman Yau Gwayu, who was a member of the Patriot League All-Rookie Team, averages 9.8 ppg (12.3 in league games).
Colgate is averaging a league-worst 56.9 ppg and is giving up 63.4 ppg. In league games, Colgate averaged 57.4 ppg (8th) and gave up 61.5 ppg (3rd).
As a team, Colgate is shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from long distance and 67.6 percent from the free throw line.
Defensively, opponents are shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Raiders are getting outrebounded by just under four boards a game.
Navy's Patriot League Tournament Facts
Navy is 13-14 all-time in the Patriot League Tournament, but has lost eight straight games, dating back to March 9, 2001. Four of the losses, however, have come in overtime, inlcuding three of the last five.
Navy is 2-2 all-time against Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy's last contest against Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament came on March 5, 2000, an 82-56 win in Easton, Pa.
The Mids are just 4-11 in the quarterfinals round.
Navy is 9-1 all-time in Alumni Hall during the Patriot League Tournament. However, the one loss came last year to Bucknell, 87-86, in triple overtime.
Navy is 2-1 as the third seed in the Patriot League Tournament, advancing to the final in 1995, where the Mids lost to Colgate in the finals, 68-63.
Navy is 2-0 against the sixth seed in the Patriot League Tournament, defeating Lehigh (87-81) in the 1995 tournament and Bucknell (88-64) in the 2001 tournament.
Billy Lange is looking for his first Patriot League Tournament win. Just one coach in Navy history, Don DeVoe with 13 wins, has won a Patriot League Tournament game.
Navy is 12-3 as the higher seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
Navy is 1-4 in overtime games during the PL Tournament.
Series History vs. Colgate
Wednesday's meeting will be the 45th meeting between the two teams, with both teams having won 22 games each. Since Navy joined the Patriot League in 1991-92, the Raiders lead the series 21-19.
Navy snapped a seven-game losing streak to Colgate earlier this year and swept the Raiders for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Billy Lange is just 3-7 against Colgate.
In addition, Colgate has won 12 of the last 15 meetings, dating back to Feb. 13, 2002. Just five of the last 15 meetings have been decided by double digits. Navy is looking for its third win of the year against an opponent for the first time since the 2000-01 season (Army and Bucknell).
Prior to Colgate's currrent run, Navy had won 11 games in a row from Feb. 5, 1997 to Jan. 19, 2002.
Last Time vs. Colgate (Feb. 28, 2009)
Navy wrapped up its regular season on Saturday night with a 77-64 victory over Colgate in front of 3,210 fans at Alumni Hall.
Navy trailed 23-15 midway through the first half, before using a 14-0 run on the strength of four three-pointers to grab a 29-23 lead. Navy led 35-31 at halftime.
After the Raiders cut the lead to one right out of halftime, Navy would stretch the lead to 10 at 51-41 with 12:19 to play. Colgate would draw to within six at 58-52 with 8:16 to play, but Navy went on a 11-2 run to blow the game open and cruised in for a 77-64 victory.
Kaleo Kina scored 23 points in the win and Chris Harris and Adam Teague added 17 and 12 points, respectively. Navy shot 50.0 percent from the field and had a season-low eight turnovers. Colgate shot 36.5 percent from the field and was 5-of-18 from long distance.
Navy swept Colgate for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Navy shot 50.0 percent in league play for the second time this year (the other was against Lafayette; 2-14-09).
Navy's eight turnovers were a season-low and the fewest since recording eight turnovers against American on Feb. 27, 2008.
Navy's four seniors combined for 48 points on Senior Night.
Kaleo Kina went over 500 points for the season and 1,500 career points in the win. He had 23 points for his 10th 20-point game of the season.
Navy finished the regular season at home with a 12-2 record and has won three straight home games.
O.J. Avworo dished out his 200th career assist and had a career-high nine dimes.
Have I Seen You Before?
After bussing back to Hamilton, N.Y., on Saturday night after battling Navy in Annapolis, Colgate will turn right around and travel the same path for a Wednesday night Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game, facing the Mids in a rare rematch. It marks the fourth time (and second during Lange's tenure) that the quarterfinal round will be a rematch of the regular-season finale.
# GO NAVY #