Recapping the 2012-13 Season
The Navy men's basketball team finished the 2012-13 season with an 8-23 overall record and a 2-12 Patriot League mark. The Midshipmen showed major improvement on the defensive end, ranking in the top 50 nationally in scoring defense, the best mark since the 1980 season.
The Midshipmen recorded one of its top defensive seasons in school history, holding foes to just 60.9 points per game, the third-lowest total in school history and the lowest mark for the Midshipmen since the 1961-62 season. Navy finished second in the Patriot League in scoring defense, the first time Navy has finished in the top two since the 1998-99 season. The Midshipmen also finished 42nd nationally in scoring defense, the highest mark for the Midshipmen since the 1980 season (17th).
Navy did a fantastic job taking care of the ball this year, setting school records for fewest turnovers in a season (351) and fewest turnovers per game (11.3). Navy ranked 34th nationally in turnovers per game, its lowest ranking in school history. Since 2004, Navy had not ranked higher than 178th nationally in turnovers per game. The Midshipmen also had a 1.04 assist-to-turnover ratio, their highest ratio since 1994-95 (1.07).
Navy struggled on the glass again this year, ranking 336th (out of 345) in rebounding margin. The Mids minus-6.1 rebound margin was the third-worst margin in school history. Navy allowed foes to grab 325 offensive rebounds for 361 second-chance points.
Navy's offense had a tough 2012-13 season, averaging just 55.1 points per game, including just 50.4 points in Patriot League play. The Midshipmen ranked 340th nationally in scoring offense and reached the 60-point plateau just 10 times, including zero times during Patriot League play. Navy hasn't scored 70 points against a Patriot League foe in the last 30 games. The 55.1 points per game were a school-record low average.
Navy's freshman class had a strong season, setting a school record for percentage of points scored by a class of plebes. The six-player group combined to tally 685 points, the fourth-most points by a freshman class in school history. The group netted 685 of Navy's 1,709 points, tallying 40.1 percent of all of Navy's points, surpassing the mark of 39.9 percent by the freshman class of 1992. The class scored 32 of Navy's 42 points against Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament and produced a season-high 44 points in a win over Monmouth.
Combined with the sophomore class, freshmen and sophomores accounted for 1,438 of 1,709 points for an average of 46.4 points per game or 84.4 percent of the scoring. Against PL foes only, the group accounted for 90.0 percent of Navy's scoring (672 of 747 points). During PL games only, nine of Navy's top 10 scorers were freshmen or sophomores and the group accounted for 65 of the 70 double-figure scoring games this year.
Head coach Ed DeChellis typically likes to stick with one starting lineup throughout the year if possible. After starting 17 different lineups in 2011-12 (fourth most in the country), this year's squad had just five different starting lineups. DeChellis started at least one freshmen in every game this year and had at least two freshmen in the starting lineup in the last 15 games of the year.
Navy once again had an outstanding year at the ticket window, ranking second in the Patriot League in attendance by averaging 2,218 fans per game. However, during the Patriot League season, the Midshipmen averaged a school-record 3,181 fans per game and hosted two of the top three-attended league games in 2012-13. Navy recorded its 10th sellout in Alumni Hall history when 5,710 fans packed the facility for the Army contest on Feb. 16. Then in the regular-season finale against Bucknell, 4,833 fans piled in to Alumni Hall, making it the largest non-Army crowd in facility history by almost 500 fans (4,360 vs. Colgate on March 11, 1994).
Marymount (Nov. 11) -- Mids go on a 19-0 run late in the first half, the fifth-largest run for Navy in a game since 1983-84. Tilman Dunbar's seven assists are the most for a freshman in a season opener in school history.
Siena (Nov. 13) --Jerome Alexander buries a 19-footer with 20 seconds left to force overtime as Navy overcomes a six-point deficit in the final minute.
Binghamton (Nov. 16) --Tilman Dunbar ties a freshman school-record with 11 assists to go along with his 16 points, in helping Navy to its largest win over a Division I foe since Feb. 14, 2009 (90-67 vs. Lafayette). It also marked the first time since 2000 that Navy held three straight foes under 55 points (Marymount, Siena, Binghamton).
Delaware State (Nov. 24) -- In the final game of the South Padre Invitational, Navy was whistled for just eight fouls, the second fewest in a game in school history and the fewest since Nov. 28, 1986.
IPFW (Nov. 28) --Kendall Knorr tied a Navy-freshman record for most field goals made without a miss (6-6 FGs, 3-3 3Ps), and scored 13 of Navy's 18 points during a game-clinching 18-6 run late in the second half. In the second meeting against IPFW on Jan. 2, Knorr would make his first three shots against the Mastodons, meaning he made his first nine shots he took against IPFW.
Monmouth (Dec. 5) --Tilman Dunbar scored 20 points with seven assists and four rebounds, the first time a freshman has ever reached those marks. Navy's 19-point win was the largest road win since an 85-61 win over UMES on Dec. 22, 2007. Navy's 85 points and 53 second-half points were season highs.
Bryant (Dec. 10) -- In perhaps Navy's biggest win of the year (Final Bryant RPI was 158), Dunbar tallied another double-double (13 p, 10 a) and Navy shot over 55.0 percent in three straight games for the first time since March 7-9, 1985. Navy also shot a season-high 68.4 percent from the field in the second half.
Norfolk State (Jan. 5) -- Trailing by 22 points with 10:34 to play, Kevin Alter went off, connecting on six three-pointers and scoring 18 points with three assists to nearly lead Navy back to an improbable victory, cutting the lead to five with eight seconds left. The six three-pointers were the second most by a player in a half in school history.
Lafayette (Jan. 12) --Brandon Venturini connected on seven three-pointers, the seventh most in a game in school history. He tallied a career, and Navy-season high 23 points in Navy's 64-47 loss to Lafayette.
Army (Jan. 20) -- Navy went 11-of-23 from three-point range, but just 7-of-31 from inside the arc in its 59-50 win over Army. It was the lowest two-point FG percentage (.226) in a win since the three-point line was introduced in the 1986-87 season. The 50 points scored by Army were the fewest by the Black Knights in the series since a 43-37 Navy win on Feb. 28, 2004.
Lehigh (Jan. 30) --Will Kelly become Navy's first freshman that stood 6-9 or taller with a double-double since Alex Kohnen (6-10 as a freshman) had 14 points and 17 rebounds against Lehigh on Feb. 6, 1993. Kelly tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Holy Cross (Feb. 12) -- Navy's freshmen and sophomores scored all 57 of the Midshipmen points in a 66-57 loss. In the two games against Holy Cross this year, the two classes combined to score all 104 points.
Army (Feb. 16) --Brandon Venturini's half-court buzzer-beater was named the No. 10 play on Sportscenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day that evening.
American (Feb. 20) -- American's 12 first-half points were the third fewest scored by an opponent in a half in school history. Navy outrebounded the Eagles, 35-31, marking just the second time in 27 games since American joined the Patriot League in 2001-02, and first time since Jan. 14, 2004, that Navy has outrebounded the Eagles. American's 44 points were the fewest scored against Navy since Dec. 5, 1961, a span of 63 games. It was also tied for the fewest points that American has ever scored in a Patriot League regular-season contest. Lastly, Will Kelly's 13 rebounds tied for the seventh most by a freshman in school history and were the second most by a freshman in a Patriot League game. Since 1983 (Vernon Butler era), only Alex Kohnen (17 vs. Lehigh on Feb. 6, 1993) had more rebounds as a freshman in a game than Kelly did against American. Bucknell (March 2) -- The crowd of 4,833 was the largest non-Army crowd in school history and was the third-largest crowd to watch a PL game in 2012-13. The top three crowds (Army at Navy, Navy at Army and Bucknell at Navy) all involved the Midshipmen. Navy's two free throw attempts and one made free throw were the fewest in school history.
Individual Updates / Records
Freshman point guard Tilman Dunbar was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team ... Dunbar ranked eighth in the country among freshmen in assists (152) and seventh in assists per game (4.9) ... set a freshman single-season record with 152 assists, the most by a freshman in Patriot League history ... his 11 assists vs. Binghamton tied the most by a freshman in school history ... ranked 12th on the Navy single-season (all classes) assists list (152) ... his 296 points were the the sixth most by a freshman in school history ... started all 31 games, the most starts by a freshman in school history ... named PL Rookie of the Week four times ... tallied 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds vs. Monmouth; the first freshman to meet those marks in school history.
Sophomore guard Brandon Venturini was one of the most-improved scorers in the PL, averaging 6.0 ppg more in 2012-13 than in 2011-12 (2nd-best improvement in the league) ... his 67 made three-pointers were the ninth most in school history and fourth most by an underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) ... his 191 three-point attempts were sixth most in school history ... made seven three-pointers vs. Lafayette, tied for the seventh most in school history, while his 15 attempts equaled a school record ... his 23 points against the Leopards were a Navy season high ... enters next year as having made a three-pointer in nine straight games.
Sophomore forward Worth Smith led the team in scoring (10.2 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg), blocks (37) and steals (35) ... became the second Navy player in school history (David Robinson) to amass 500 points, 300 rebounds and 50 blocks by end of his sophomore season ... was the only player in the PL with 300 points, 150 rebounds, 35 blocks and 35 steals, and was one of seven freshmen or sophomores nationally to reach those marks ... led team with 21 double-figure scoring games and paced squad in rebounding in 19 of the 31 games.
Freshman forward Will Kelly came on late, recording two huge performances against Lehigh (11 p, 10 r) and American (6 p, 13 r) ... the 13 rebounds against American were the seventh most for a freshman in school history and equaled the most for a freshman in the last 20 years ... over the last 10 games, Kelly averaged 5.1 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 21-of-42 (.500) from the field ... he tallied 10 points on 5-of-5 FGs against Monmouth, the third-most field goals made without a miss by a freshman in school history.
Freshman guard Kendall Knorr connected on 31 three-pointers this year, the eighth most by a freshman in school history ... in the season's first 20 games, Knorr was 29-of-75 from three-point range and averaged 6.9 points per game ... he then suffered a shoulder injury against Colgate and including the Colgate game, went just 2-of-17 from three-point range in the last 11 games, averaging 3.3 points per game (missed four games) ... he teamed with Tilman Dunbar to score 463 points, the sixth-most points for a freshman duo in school history ... he went 6-of-6 from the field vs. IPFW, the most field goals made without a miss by a freshman in school history ... he also started his career 19-of-20 (.950) from the free throw line and finished the year 26-of-30 (.867), the ninth-best percentage by a freshman in America (min. 25 FTAs according to bbstate.com).