Navy Men’s Basketball Season Recap and Team Awards
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's basketball team held its year-end team banquet this past weekend. The Navy men’s basketball program bestowed a number of team awards and recognitions at the banquet. Seniors Tim Abruzzo, Edward Alade, Zach Fong, James Hemphill and Grant Vermeer were also recognized for their contributions over the past four years at the Naval Academy.
Navy Team Awards and Recognitions
• Lifetime Achievement Recognition - Ernie Nestor
Recognition for assistant coach Nestor, who is retiring after 40 seasons of coaching college basketball.
• Ball Presentation for Tom Lacey
Recognition for Lacey for leading the Patriot League in offensive rebounding.
• Coaches Award - James Hemphill
Awarded to the men’s basketball player who typifies the spirit of a Navy basketball player through his dedication, work ethic and commitment to the program.
• Kevin Sinnett Academic Achievement Award - Grant Vermeer
Awarded to the men’s basketball player who demonstrates work ethic, commitment and pride in the classroom and in his efforts to represent the team in the academic arena.
• Defensive Player of the Year Award - Bryce Dulin
Awarded to the men’s basketball player who performed exceptionally as an individual and team defender. The award is given for his attitude to NAVY DEFENSE.
• Paul Evans Most Improved Player Award - Hasan Abdullah and George Kiernan
Awarded to the men’s basketball player who has demonstrated a desire to be the best Navy basketball player he can be and shown measurable improvement in key year-to-year statistics.
• Charles McDonough Most Outstanding Player Award - Shawn Anderson
Awarded to the men’s basketball player whose performance, ability and statistics had the greatest impact throughout the season.
• Rear Admiral Ronald Marryott Award - Tim Abruzzo and Zach Fong
This is the highest honor bestowed upon a Navy basketball player. Awarded to the men’s basketball player who embodies what a Navy basketball player is about. He plays for Navy while demonstrating a commitment to character, to leadership and to his teammates.
• David Robinson Award - Edward Alade
The Robinson Trophy is awarded to a men’s basketball player of the graduating class who contributed the most to the team’s success over his playing career.
2016-17 Navy Men’s Basketball Season-in-Review
*Navy finished the 2016-17 season at 16-16 overall and 10-8 in the Patriot League.
*Navy won 10 of 11 conference games in the middle of the Patriot League regular season, including eight in a row. However, Navy lost its first three conference games of the season and its last four games for its 10-8 record.
*The eight consecutive conference wins were the most since winning 12 in a row spanning the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
*Navy increased its conference win total for the fifth straight season under head coach Ed DeChellis.
*Navy’s 10 conference wins were the most since 2000 (11-1).
*Navy finished in sole possession of fourth place in the Patriot League standings after being picked eighth in the preseason poll.
*No. 4 Navy defeated No. 5 Holy Cross, 49-42, in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals to advance to the Patriot League Semifinals for the first time since 2001.
*Navy lost to No. 1 Bucknell in the Patriot League Semifinals, 70-65.
*Junior guard Shawn Anderson was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team.
*Anderson led Navy in scoring for the second straight season at 12.2 points per game.
*Anderson ranked second on the team in rebounding (4.4), second in assists (2.9) and second in steals (1.2).
*Anderson scored in double-figures a team-best 22 times in 2016-17.
*Anderson scored a career-high 30 points in Navy’s 96-80 overtime win over Army West Point on Jan. 21.
*Anderson was named the Patriot League Player of the Week on Jan. 23.
*Anderson was named to the HPU All-Tournament Team.
*Junior guard Bryce Dulin was named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team.
*Dulin ranked second on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game.
*Dulin ranked third on the team in rebounding (4.1), third in assists (1.8), third in steals (0.8) and third in total 3-pointers made (33).
*Dulin led Navy and ranked fourth in the Patriot League in 3-point field goal percentage (.413).
*Dulin’s season 3-point field goal percentage of .413 ranks as the sixth-best at Navy.
*In conference only games, Dulin ranked first in the Patriot League in 3-point field goal percentage (.490).
*Sophomore point guard Hasan Abdullah ranked third on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game.
*Abdullah led Navy in assists (3.3), steals (1.9), 3-pointers made (48) and minutes played (28.4).
*Abdullah’s 60 steals rank as the fifth-best single season total at Navy.
*Abdullah’s 60 steals were also the most by a sophomore in Navy history.
*Abdullah ranked fourth in the Patriot League in steals per game (1.9). He ranked 44th in the NCAA in steals per game (1.9) and 47th in total steals (60).
*Sophomore forward George Kiernan ranked fourth on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game.
*Kiernan ranked second on the team in 3-pointers made (45).
*Junior forward Tom Lacey ranked fifth on the team in scoring at 7.6 points per game.
*Lacey led Navy and ranked third in the Patriot League in rebounds per game (7.7).
*Lacey ranked first in the Patriot League in offensive rebounds per game (3.1). He ranked 36th in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (3.1).
*Lacey’s 100 offensive rebounds on the season rank as the second-highest in a season at Navy since the statistic was first tracked in 1987.
*Lacey’s 246 total rebounds rank as the 12th-most all-time and his 146 defensive rebounds rank as the seventh most since 1987.
*Lacey set the Navy single-game school record with 11 offensive rebounds against Bryant on Dec. 6, 2016.
*Lacey led Navy with five double-doubles on the season.
*Senior center Edward Alade will graduate ranked sixth at Navy in career games played (120).
*Senior Zach Fong will graduate Navy ranked 12th in career 3-point field goals made (124) and 11th in career 3-point field goal attempts (356).
*As a team, Navy led the Patriot League in rebounding margin (+5.4) and offensive rebounds per game (13.3).
*Navy was second in the Patriot League in scoring defense (64.2) and second in turnover margin (+1.0).
*Navy ranked 19th in the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (13.3), 25th in scoring defense (64.2), 28th in turnovers forced per game (15.5) and 33rd in rebound margin (+5.4).
*The 2016-17 team ranked in the top-10 in school history for single-season team totals in four categories. This season ranked fifth for most 3-point attempts (670), seventh for most 3-pointers made (206), seventh for most offensive rebounds (424) and ninth for lowest turnover average (14.5).
*Navy set a program record by rallying from a 25-point deficit to defeat Bryant, 76-74, on Dec. 6. Navy trailed 49-24 at halftime.
*The 25-point halftime deficit was the second-largest halftime deficit overcome for a victory in NCAA history.
*Navy also had the unfortunate distinction of becoming the only team to both overcome a 25-point deficit to win and to give up a 25-point lead in a loss in the same season in NCAA history.
*Navy led Army West Point in the Star Game, 54-29, before losing, 71-68, on Feb. 18.
*Navy’s 37-point victory margin at Lafayette on Jan. 14 (88-51) was its largest in a Patriot League road game in school history.
*Navy’s 16-point overtime win margin in its 96-80 win at Army West Point on Jan. 21 was its largest victory margin for an overtime game in school history.
*Navy hosted the third annual Veterans Classic to open the 2016-17 season. In a matchup of two eventual NCAA Tournament teams, Marquette defeated Vanderbilt, 95-71, in the opening game. Ohio State defeated Navy, 78-68, in the second game of the doubleheader.