GAMEDAY INFORMATION Siena (0-1) at Navy (1-0)
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710) | 2:00 PM (ET)
All-Access Video: NavySports.com ($9.95 / month) Announcers: Pete Medhurst (play-by-play) Television: None Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY / NavySports.com Series: Siena leads, 1-0
GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS Post-Game Youth Free Throws: All kids are invited onto the court after the game to shoot free-throws
All fans without a Department of Defense sticker affixed to their vehicle will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5 per vehicle).
Season-ticket holders are able to park on The Yard, as they should have received a pass from the Naval Academy for entry onto campus.
Sunday's Game Basics
Fresh off a season-opening 75-48 victory over Marymount, Navy will look to start 2-0 for the second straight season on Sunday as a good Siena team comes to Alumni Hall for a Sunday afternoon matinee, tipping off at 2:00 PM (ET). Sunday's contest will be aired and streamed on Navy All-Access only (www.NavySports.com) due to WNAV's contractual obligations with the Baltimore Ravens. Live stats and Twitter updates (@NavyAthletics) will also be available.
Navy will be looking for its 1,300th victory all-time on Sunday in its 106th year of basketball. The Mids have played 2,240 games, owning a 1,299-941 record (.580).
The Midshipmen will be looking for their second straight 2-0 start on Sunday. The last time Navy started 2-0 in back-to-back seasons came in the 1983-84 and 1984-85 campaigns.
Navy enters the 2012-13 season as one of America's youngest teams. Navy's 17 players on the preseason roster have just 13 years of collegiate experience, an average of 0.76 years per player to rank third on the list. Cal State Northridge (0.65) has 17 players with 11 years of experience and Dartmouth (0.73) has 15 players with 11 years of experience. Experience is considered as post high/prep school.
In addition, Navy joins Wright State as the only teams in America without a senior on either its men's or women's basketball rosters.
Navy was picked eighth in the preseason Patriot League poll in voting done by the league coaches and sports information directors.
Navy has made a three-pointer in 275 consecutive games, dating back to Jan. 31, 2003 vs. Colgate.
Navy's four point guards (Brennan Wyatt, Earl McLaurin, Kevin Alter and Tilman Dunbar) boast an average height of just 5-8.75.
Of Navy's seven freshmen on this year's roster, six of them are within a five-hour drive of Annapolis. The lone exception is Kendall Knorr, who graduated from Concord, N.C., a seven-hour drive right outside of Charlotte.
One thing to keep an eye on this year -- Navy last started three freshmen in a game on Dec. 30, 2010, against LIU Brooklyn (Avila, Liebert, Wyatt). Navy has never started four freshmen in a contest.
Navy Continues Success in Openers
Following its win over Marymount, Navy now owns a brilliant 78-28 (.736) record on opening day.
Navy has won back-to-back season openers for the first time since the 2006-07 (73-61 vs. Loyola, Md.) and 2007-08 (88-72 vs. Longwood) seasons. Ed DeChellis became the first Navy coach since Hall of Famer Ben Carnevale in 1946-47 and 1947-48 to win his first two season openers as head coach.
DeChellis has now won eight straight season openers, dating back to his time at Penn State and he now owns a glistening 13-4 mark in season openers. He went 5-2 in seven openers at East Tennessee State, 6-2 in eight openers at Penn State and is now 2-0 at Navy. His teams have held opponents to 61 points or less in 10 of his last 13 season openers.
Navy's 27-point win in its season opener was the largest season-opening win since an 84-51 win over the Coast Guard in the 1996-97 opener. Also, Navy allowed just 48 points to Marymount, the fewest amount of points allowed in a season opener since limiting VMI to 37 points in the 1981-82 opener.
Siena is coming off a tough 54-53 loss to Vermont on Friday night in its season opener at the Times-Union Center in Albany. The Saints led 30-24 at halftime, but went just 6-of-17 from the free throw line in the second half to be outscored, 30-23, en route to the one-point loss. Siena would end the game just 11-of-24 from the charity stripe.
Siena went 14-17 last year, but like Navy boasts an incredibly young lineup. In terms of average years per player, Siena ranks as the eighth-youngest team in America (14 players, 12 years of post-high school / prep school experience). Navy is third on that list. The Saints have just one senior and two juniors on their roster.
Head coach Mitch Buonaguro is searching for his 100th career win on Sunday. He owns a 99-140 career record.
Leading Siena is senior captain O.D. Anosike, who was the nation's leader last year in rebounds per game and double doubles. He tallied 10 points and 17 rebounds against Vermont, but went just 2-of-11 from the free throw line.
Sophomore guard Evan Hymes added a team-best 15 points and four assists.
Siena shot just 36.7 percent from the field and went 6-of-18 from three-point range while committing 17 turnovers in the loss to Vermont.
Series History / Last Game vs. Siena
Sunday's meeting marks the second meeting between the two teams, as Siena won its season opener last year in Albany, 65-56.
The Saints would lead by as many as 16 early in the second half, before Navy cut the lead to four in the last minute. Untimely turnovers ultimately did in the Midshipmen as Siena ended the game on a 5-0 run in the last minute for the nine-point cushion.
J.J. Avila led Navy with 19 points and Worth Smith scored 10 points with six rebounds. Navy returns just 24 of its 56 points scored against Siena last year.
Hymes scored 10 points with three assists in his first career start, while Anosike scored just one point, but grabbed 10 rebounds.
Navy does own a 43-17 (.717) all-time record against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, with most of the contests (53) coming against Loyola, Md. (20-4) and Manhattan (18-11). Navy is also 1-1 against Canisius and 4-0 against Fairfield.
Navy used a 19-0 run over the last four minutes of the first half to break open a tight game and cruise to a 75-48 victory over Marymount in front of 1,682 fans on Friday night at Alumni Hall.
Freshmen scored 14 of the 19 points during the run, fueled by Kendall Knorr's two three-pointers in the final minute. Jerome Alexander would score six points and Tilman Dunbar added two points during the spurt, which was started by Alexander taking a charge in the lane.
Navy's 47.1 percent (8-of-17) three-point shooting was its highest three-point percentage since shooting 50.0 percent (11-of-22) against Towson on November 24, 2010.
Navy held Marymount to just 48 points, the fewest points a Navy team has allowed since Lafayette scored 44 on Jan. 13, 2007.
Two players were making their first career starts (Jared Smoot and Tilman Dunbar) and the duo combined for 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in just 43 minutes. Entering the game, Navy's starting lineup of Smoot, Dunbar, Thurgood Wynn, Worth Smith and Brandon Venturini had combined for just 22 starts, with 17 of them coming by Smith.
Freshman Class Gives Spark
The Navy freshman class showed off its talent in Friday's win over Marymount, combining for 29 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in 77 minutes of action. The group went a combined 10-of-23 (.435) from the field, 3-of-8 (.375) from three-point range and 6-of-6 (1.000) from the free throw line.
Tilman Dunbar became the second straight freshman (Kevin Alter vs. Longwood last year) to start the season opener at point guard and the 17th freshman all-time to start the season opener. In addition, he was the fifth freshman to do so at point guard (Alter, Corey Johnson in 2004-05, Erik Harris in 1987-88, Bruce Grooms in 1976-77).
Kendall Knorr became the first freshman to score in double figures in a season opener since Trey Stanton and T.J. Topercer each scored 17 points in the 2006-07 season opener against Loyola, Md. Knorr finished Friday's game with 12 points.
In addition, the 29 points scored by freshmen were the most for the class in an opener since that 2006-07 game against Loyola, Md., when that group scored a combined 34 points.
With no one superstar on the roster, Navy may have to resort to a more-balanced attack in 2012-13. That seemed to suit the Midshipmen just fine on Friday as five players scored at least eight points and the Midshipmen had three players in double figures for the first time since having four players in double figures against Colgate on Jan. 21, 2012, a span of 11 games. In addition, four different players grabbed at least five rebounds and 11 Midshipmen played at least nine minutes. All 11 of those players scored points.
Navy owns a 176-113 (.609) record in Alumni Hall in its 22nd season at Alumni Hall. Navy will play its 300th game in the facility on Feb. 16 when it hosts rival Army in the annual Star Game.
Navy is 136-146 (.482) all-time in its 22nd season in the Patriot League. The Mids are 76-60 (.559) at Alumni Hall and 60-81 (.426) on the road in Patriot League action. Navy is 1-4 in games played in Halsey Field House (1992 and 1993) in Patriot League play.
The Midshipmen are 13-18 (.419) in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy is 1-9 on the road (.100) and 9-2 at home (.818).
Navy has won three Patriot League Tournament championships (1994, `97, `98) and five regular-season crowns (1994, `96, `97, `98, 2000).
Alumni Hall has sold out nine times, all coming against Army, including in each of the last five years. Navy is 7-2 in Alumni Hall sellouts.
Since its opening in the 1991-92 season, six Navy players have scored 1,000 career points. All six scored the milestone point in Alumni Hall.