Navy Battles Prairie View A&M at South Padre Island Invite
Nov. 22, 2012
Friday's Game Basics
Navy (2-3) aims to snap a two-game losing streak on Friday as It begins round play In the South Padre Island Invitational. The Mids head to the Island off the Texas coast to face Southwestern Athletic Conference member Prairie View A&M (2-4), beginning at 3:30 PM (ET) at the South Padre Island Convention Center. Pete Medhurst will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com). Live stats will be provided on NavySports.com and as always, fans can receive Twitter updates on Twitter.com (@NavyAthletics).
Navy and the SWAC
This will be the first meeting all-time against a member of the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference). The league is comprised of members Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M, Southern and Texas Southern.
It will mark the first time in Ed DeChellis' 17 years as a collegiate head coach that he will face a SWAC opponent.
Obviously, this marks the first meeting against the Panthers of Prairie View A&M, as it's the first time Navy will face a SWAC foe.
Navy is facing its second straight opponent from the Lone Star State, as the Panthers hail from Prairie View, Texas. Navy is 6-17 against teams from Texas following Tuesday's 47-45 loss to TCU. Prairie View A&M will be the eighth team from the state Navy will have faced.
Navy is 2-2 all-time on November 23. The Midshipmen's last game on the date came in 2007, when Seton Hall rallied for a 79-75 victory at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
TCU Post-Game Notes
TCU's Clyde Smith III hit a free throw with 9.4 seconds left and Brandon Venturini's three-pointer at the buzzer went in and out as Big 12 member TCU held off the Navy men's basketball team, 47-45, Tuesday night in Fort Worth.
Navy led for most of the contest, but went just 3-of-11 from the free throw line and shot 28 percent from the field in the second half.
Navy led by as much as seven points (26-19) in the first half, before settling in for a 26-23 halftime advantage.
Navy would still lead 38-35 with over nine minutes to play and still be tied at 40-40 with 7:28 to play. However, Navy went scoreless for the next six-plus minutes as TCU stretched its lead to 46-40.
A Venturini three-pointer cut the lead to 46-43 and his rebound putback trimmed the margin to 46-45 with 11 seconds left, before the last sequence of plays.
The 92 combined points tied for the seventh-fewest in a game in school history (since 1951-52), and were the fewest in a game since Feb. 28, 2004 vs. Army (win, 43-37).
The 47 points allowed were the fewest for an opponent since Lafayette scored 44 on Jan. 13, 2007.
TCU's 47 points were the fewest for an opponent in a win since a 47-46 overtime win by William & Mary on Jan. 30, 1982.
It was Navy's first loss since Jan. 2, 1996, against Harvard when holding its foe to 49 or fewer. Navy had won 19 games in a row.
Navy's 27.3 percent free throw shooting was the seventh-lowest pct. for a single game in school history. It was the lowest since setting the school record on Jan. 3, 2004 vs. Loyola (.182). The three free throws made tied for the ninth fewest in Navy history.
Navy scored just six bench points (all by Phil Guglielmo) in the loss to TCU. In the previous four games, Navy's bench had scored at least 21 points.
Worth Smith tallied season highs of 14 points and nine rebounds in the setback. It marked his third double-figure scoring game of the year and 12th of his career.
Tilman Dunbar tallied 10 points and six assists. It marked his fourth straight double-figure scoring game and he has had at least 10 points and five assists in three of his five career games.
Navy backcourt players scored 30 of Navy's 45 points vs. TCU and 54 of 63 points against UAB. In the two games of the South Padre Invitational, Navy guards have scored 84 of Navy's 108 points (.778). Only 32 of Navy's 108 points have been scored in the paint.
Navy Team Notes for Prairie View A&M
With its next win, Navy will match last year's win total (3-26).
Navy has allowed just one opponent to score more than 55 points this year (UAB - 82). In three of the five games (Marymount, Siena, TCU), Navy has held its opponent to 49 or fewer points in regulation play.
According to the website BBState.com, Navy ranks 40th in the country in scoring defense (56.6 ppg).
According to the same site, Navy's three-point field goal percentage defense ranks fifth nationally against D-I foes at 18.2 percent. Navy follows Southern Illinois, Rice, Syracuse and William & Mary.
Navy leads the Patriot League in scoring defense (56.6 ppg), three-point percentage defense (.195), steals (8.0) and turnover margin (+3.40).
Navy has recorded just 61 turnovers in its five games this year and has had 10 or fewer turnovers in three of the five games.
Navy is averaging just 12.2 turnovers per game, including 11.5 turnovers per game against D-I opponents. That mark ranks tied for 50th in the country.
Navy is on pace to record the lowest turnover per game average in school history by almost a full turnover (13.4 - 1987).
In Ed DeChellis' 34 games at Navy, UAB became just the third team (Missouri, Bucknell, UAB) to score 80 points against the Midshipmen.
Navy has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field just once In the last 32 games (vs. Bucknell In last year's Patriot League Tournament).
Navy's bench is averaging 21.4 points per game, 15.2 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game in 79.8 minutes per game. The group is shooting 37-of-91 (.407) from the field and 14-of-35 (.400) from three-point range for the season.
Navy owns a 1.07 assist-to-turnover ratio (65-to-61) and is looking to have an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00 for the season for the first time since 1996-97.
Navy is 56th in the country on percentage of baskets that come via an assist (65 of 110 made baskets; .600).
Navy freshmen have scored 124 points (24.8 ppg) after scoring 16 of Navy's 45 points on Tuesday against TCU. The group has accounted for six of Navy's 13 double-figure scoring games so far this year. The group accounts for 40.4 percent of Navy's pts.
Navy Individual Notes For Prairie View A&M
Tilman Dunbar leads the Patriot League in assists per game (6.6 apg), ahead of Lehigh's Mackey McKnight (5.4 apg). He ranks 23rd nationally and is third nationally among freshmen. However, the two players ahead of him have played just one and two games, respectively.
Dunbar's 11 assists against Binghamton tied for the most by a Navy freshman in school history.
Dunbar is one of five freshmen nationally to average 10.0 ppg and 5.0 apg (Northwestern State's Jalan West; Arizona State's Jahii Carson and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart).
Dunbar is averaging 11.0 points per game and 5.0 assists per game in the two tournament games so far.
Brandon Venturini is averaging 9.0 ppg and has three double-figure scoring games. He had three all of last year. He is averaging 12.5 ppg in the two games of the South Padre Island Invitational, while making 5-of-17 three-point attempts.
Phil Guglielmo had played four minutes and scored no points in the first three games of the season, but tallied 12 points in 18 minutes against UAB. He then added six points (2-of-2 3Ps) in just 11 minutes against TCU. For the tournament, his is averaging 9.0 ppg on 4-of-6 three-point attempts in just 29 minutes. Per 40 minutes in the last two games, Guglielmo is averaging 24.8 points per game.
Worth Smith is averaging 11.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game over the last three games. He averaged just 6.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg in the season's first two games.
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