Navy to Play at Bryant in Third Straight Road Contest Saturday
Navy (1-2) at Bryant (0-2)
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 | 4:00 PM (ET)
Smithfield, R.I. | Chace Athletic Center (2,600)
Live Video | Live Statistics
Navy Game Notes | Bryant Game Notes
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men's basketball team (1-2) will be playing its fourth game in a fourth different state in the season's first nine days at Bryant (0-2) on Saturday at 4:00 PM in the Chace Athletic Center. Free live video and live statistics will be available. There will not be a Navy radio broadcast.
Navy made history in last season's meeting with Bryant, overcoming a school-record 25-point deficit to post a 76-74 win in Annapolis on Dec. 6.
Navy posted a 71-62 win over Pitt in the Veterans Classic last Friday, but dropped its next two games at No. 13 Miami (89-55) on Sunday and at Penn (66-45) on Wednesday.
In addition to playing three straight road games, Navy is in the midst of playing a stretch of six out of seven games away from home.
Junior guard Hasan Abdullah scored a team-high eight points against Penn on Wednesday, while junior forward Mo Lewis scored seven points.
Freshman Tyler Riemersma led Navy in rebounds (7) and assists (2) against Penn.
Through three games, Abdullah leads Navy in scoring at 9.7 points per game.
Senior Shawn Anderson is third at 8.7 points, while senior forward Tom Lacey and junior forward George Kiernan are each averaging 6.7 points.
Senior guard Bryce Dulin leads Navy in rebounding at 6.3 boards per game.
Abdullah ranks third in the Patriot League with 2.3 steals per game.
Abdullah ranked fourth in the Patriot League in steals per game last season at 1.9.
Anderson has scored 958 career points. Anderson is 42 points away from becoming the 24th Midshipman to score 1,000 career points.
Navy ranks first in the Patriot League and 50th in the NCAA in free throw percentage this season at 78.6 percent.
Navy has been dogged by slow starts this season. Navy trailed Pitt (6-0), Miami (13-2) and Penn (17-2) by significant margins in the opening minutes of each contest.
Head coach Ed DeChellis 2-1 all-time against Bryant. DeChellis is in his seventh season at Navy and his 22nd season overall as a head coach.
Bryant (0-2) and 10th-year head coach Tim O'Shea opened the 2017-18 season by playing at Georgia and at N.C. State.
The Bulldogs lost at Georgia last Friday, 79-54, and fell at N.C. State on Tuesday, 96-72.
Bryant led N.C. State, 19-7, seven minutes into the contest, before the Wolfpack rallied to outscore Bryant 89-53 in the final 33 minutes.
Sophomore guard Adam Grant scored 24 of the team's 54 points against Georgia and followed with 24 more points against N.C. State.
Grant was named to the NEC All-Rookie Team last year.
Grant's 24.0 scoring average leads the Bulldogs, while freshman guard/forward Ryan Layman and sophomore forward Sabastian Townes are each averaging 13.0 points.
Townes leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game.
Series History vs. Bryant
Navy leads the all-time series against Bryant, 2-1.
Navy defeated Bryant in Annapolis on Dec. 10, 2012, 69-59, and Bryant defeated Navy in Smithfield in overtime, 90-80, on Dec. 14, 2013.
Navy rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Bulldogs, 76-74, in Annapolis last season on Dec. 6, 2016.
Bryant led the Mids at halftime, 49-24, but the Mids outscored the Bulldogs, 52-25, in the final 20 minutes.
The 25-point comeback was the largest in Navy school history and it was also the second-largest halftime deficit overcome to win a game in NCAA history.
Navy took its first lead of the game with just 38 seconds remaining and Shawn Anderson scored the final go-ahead bucket with just 13 seconds left.
Navy's Tom Lacey had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds (11 offensive) in the game.
George Kiernan scored 14 points, while Zach Fong and Bryce Dulin each scored 12.
Grant scored 24 points for Bryant.
Looking Ahead: Navy to host Washington College on Wednesday
Navy will host Division III Washington College on Wednesday at 3:00 PM
The game will be the first of a doubleheader at Alumni Hall. The Navy women will host Air Force at 5:00 PM.
Navy is playing Washington College for the second straight season.
The Mids defeated Washington College last season, 74-47.
Former Navy assistant coach Aaron Goodman is in his third season as the head coach of Washington College.
Washington College will make the short trip over the Bay Bridge from Chestertown, Md.
Service Selections for Navy's Four Seniors
The four seniors on the Navy men's basketball team learned their service selections on Nov. 16. Shawn Anderson and Bryce Dulin will be commissioned as Ensigns in the U.S. Navy upon graduation, while Nourse Fox and Tom Lacey will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Former Players Represent Team USA at SHAPE International Basketball Tournament
Former Navy men's basketball players Kevin Alter `15 and Mark Veazey `11 recently competed at the 2017 Armed Forces Tournament. Alter played for the Marine Corps team and Veazey played for the Navy's team. Alter was named to the all-tournament team and he will next play on Team USA at the upcoming Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe International Championship later this month in Mons, Belgium. Alter is the lone Marine Corps representative on Team USA. The U.S. roster also features active duty service members from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Last year, Tilman Dunbar `16 and Kaleo Kina `09 helped the U.S. Armed Forces Men's Basketball team win the SHAPE Championship in Belgium in December of 2016.