Nov. 15, 2013
Navy (1-2) at Binghamton (1-2)
Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 2:00 PM (ET)
Vestal, N.Y. | Events Center (5,142)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's basketball team (1-2) will play its fourth game in nine days at Binghamton (1-2) on Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Events Center. Free live video and live statistics will be available on navysports.com.
Saturday's Game Basics
The Navy men's basketball team (1-2) will play its fourth game in nine days at Binghamton (1-2) on Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Events Center. Free live video and live statistics will be available on navysports.com.
Navy earned its first win of the season on Wednesday against Division III Goucher, 98-47.
Navy used 17 players in the game and nobody played more than 17 minutes in the 51-point victory.
Brandon Venturini led Navy with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Worth Smith scored in double-figures for the second straight game with 14 points.
Smith is leading Navy in scoring this season by averaging 11.3 points, while Venturini is second at 9.7 points.
Sophomore point guard Tilman Dunbar is averaging 5.0 assists. He had eight assists and zero turnovers in 16 minutes against Goucher.
Sophomore center Will Kelly blocked a career-high five shots against Goucher. He had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Navy's 60-57 loss at Saint Francis on Monday.
Navy had 26 assists on its 40 field goals against Goucher.
The Mids scored 54 bench points against Goucher and had a +31 rebounding margin.
Freshman Edward Alade was 7-of-8 from the floor against Goucher for 14 points.
Navy is 14-11 all-time against schools from the America East Conference.
Navy has had a different leading scorer in all three of its games this season (Kendall Knorr, Smith and Venturini).
Navy has used the same starting lineup in each of the first three games with Dunbar, Venturini, Knorr, Smith and Kelly.
The Mids are opening the season by playing four of its first five games on the road.
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 308 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,307-966 (.575).
This is the 107th season of men's basketball at the Naval Academy.
Navy was picked to finish 10th in the Patriot League preseason poll by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Binghamton enters Saturday's game at 1-2 after earning its first win of the season at Cornell (87-79).
Binghamton rallied from a 19-point deficit and closed the game on a 17-2 run.
Freshman Marlon Beck II had 27 points and Jordan Reed added 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Reed is averaging 18.7 points and 12.0 rebounds and Nick Madray is averaging 18.0 points.
Binghamton opened the season with losses to Loyola (79-74) and Brown (74-57).
Binghamton was 3-27 last season.
Series History vs. Binghamton
Navy leads the all-time series against Binghamton, 1-0.
Navy defeated Binghamton, 75-52, in Annapolis on Nov. 14, 2012 in the only other meeting in the series.
Then-freshman point guard Tilman Dunbar led Navy with 16 points, 11 assists, three rebounds, two steals and just one turnover.
Dunbar tied the Navy freshmen record of 11 assists in a single game.
Worth Smith scored 13 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Binghamton's Jordan Reed led the Bearcats with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Kelly Off to a Strong Start
After averaging 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds as a freshman, Will Kelly has shown vast improvement over the first three games of the season en route to averaging 8.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. Kelly had a double-double with a career-high 12 points and 10 rebounds, while also blocking three shots, against Saint Francis U. In Navy's most recent game against Goucher, Kelly had six points, eight rebounds and a career-best five blocked shots. Kelly is shooting 50 percent from the floor (10-of-20) and he is 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Navy will next play at No. 25 Virginia (1-1) on Tuesday in Charlottesville, Va.
The game will be televised by Comcast Sports Plus in the Maryland area and the game will also be streamed for free on the internet on ESPN3.com.
Navy leads the all-time series against Virginia, 32-12. The teams last met in 1974.