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Men's Basketball to Play at Binghamton on Saturday

Will Kelly

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

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

Midshipmen Storylines
• 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 Storylines
• 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.

Looking Ahead
• 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
• Navy leads the all-time series against Virginia, 32-12. The teams last met in 1974.

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