Navy Men’s Basketball to Play in Three-Game Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -The Navy men’s basketball team (3-2) brings a two-game winning streak into this weekend’s Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout. Navy will play three games in three days from Friday to Sunday at Florida Gulf Coast’s Alico Arena.
The Mids will open the Thanksgiving weekend tournament against St. Francis Brooklyn (1-2) on Friday at 4:00 PM. Navy will play host FGCU (2-2) on Saturday at 7:00 PM, and the Mids will wrap up the tournament by facing Denver (1-2) on Sunday at 12 noon.
The Navy-FGCU contest on Saturday will have live video on ESPN3.com and WATCHESPN. There will be a Facebook Live video feed for Navy’s games on Friday and Sunday.
• Navy (3-2) is coming off a 110-45 win over Division III Washington College on Wednesday.
• Navy set a school record with 33 assists against Washington College.
• The 110 points were the most points ever scored in Alumni Hall and the 110 points were tied for the fourth-most in program history. It was the first time Navy scored 100 points in a game since 2010.
• The 65-point victory margin was the second-largest in program history and the 14 3-pointers made were tied for the sixth-most in program history.
• Sophomore center Evan Wieck scored a career-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting against Washington College.
• Senior guard Shawn Anderson also tallied 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
• Junior forward George Kiernan made three 3-pointers for 11 points to go along with five rebounds, while freshman guard Cam Davis scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting for his first career game in double figures.
• Senior forward Tom Lacey tallied nine points and seven rebounds, while junior point guard Hasan Abdullah scored five points and had a career-high eight assists.
• Anderson has 986 career points and is 14 points away from becoming the 24th Midshipman to score 1,000 career points.
• Navy defeated Bryant, 79-71, last Saturday and enters the tournament on a two-game winning streak.
• Navy has shot over 50 percent on 3-pointers in back-to-back games. The Mids shot 50 percent on 3-pointers against Bryant (9-of-18) and 52 percent against Washington College (14-of-27).
• Anderson is leading Navy in scoring for the third straight season at 10.8 points.
• Abdullah is second on the team with 10.0 points and ranks third in the Patriot League with 2.2 steals per game.
• Dulin is averaging 9.6 points, while Lacey is averaging 9.2 points and ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 6.8 rebounds per game.
• As a team, Navy ranks first in the Patriot League in both scoring defense (66.6) and free throw percentage (.744).
• Navy is in the middle of a stretch of games that features six of seven contests being played away from home.
• Navy opened the season with a 71-62 victory over Pitt in the Veterans Classic on Nov. 10.
• A key for Navy’s success has been reaching the 70-point mark offensively. Navy is 13-0 over the last two seasons when scoring at least 70 points.
St. Francis Brooklyn Storylines
• St. Francis Brooklyn enters the FGCU Shootout with a 1-2 record.
• The Terriers defeated Brown, 77-74, on Sunday for their first win of the season.
• The team lost to Duquesne, 80-70, and Manhattan, 80-79, in overtime, in its first two games.
• Sophomore guard Rasheem Dunn leads St. Francis Brooklyn in scoring at 19.0 points per game.
• Dunn scored 21 points against Duquesne and a season-high 23 points in the win over Brown.
• The Terriers were 4-27 overall last season and 2-16 in the Northeast Conference.
• Glenn Braica is in his eighth season as head coach.
Series History vs. St. Francis Brooklyn
• Navy leads the all-time series against St. Francis Brooklyn, 6-2.
• The two teams last met in 2008, with Navy earning a 75-62 victory in Annapolis.
• Navy has won the last three meetings in the series.
• FGCU enters its home tournament with a 2-2 record.
• The Eagles opened the season with wins over Illinois State (98-87) and Siena (85-65), before dropping two straight to Bowling Green (83-80) and Middle Tennessee (85-72).
• Senior guard Brandon Goodwin is averaging 18.5 points, while junior guard Zach Johnson is averaging 16.5.
• FGCU is ranked 13th in this week’s College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
• FGCU has six players that are 6-foot-9 or taller.
• The Eagles were 26-8 overall last season and 12-2 in the Atlantic Sun.
• FGCU went to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the past five years in 2016-17 and were a No. 14 seed.
• FGCU, aka “Dunk City”, advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2013.
• Joe Dooley is in his fifth season as FGCU’s head coach.
Series History vs. FGCU
• This will be the first meeting between Navy and FGCU.
• FGCU became a Division I program prior to the 2011-12 season.
• Navy is 4-4 all-time against teams that currently play in the Atlantic Sun.
• Navy will host Atlantic Sun-member Lipscomb on Dec. 21.
• Denver enters the Shootout with a 1-2 record.
• The Pioneers lost back-to-back games to UC Irvine (83-69) and Colorado (89-62), before defeating Johnson & Wales (Denver), 91-59. Johnson & Wales (Denver) is currently transitioning from NAIA to Division III.
• Senior center Daniel Amigo is averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds, while junior guard Joe Rosga is averaging 16.3 points.
• The Pioneers were 16-14 overall last season and 8-8 in Summit play.
• Head coach Rodney Billups is in his second season at Denver. He is Chauncey Billups’ younger brother.
Series History vs. Denver
• Navy leads the all-time series against Denver, 2-0.
• The Mids defeated the Pioneers, 92-78, in 2000 and 72-57 in 1999.
Looking Ahead: Home Weekend with Delaware and Morgan State
• Following the Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout, Navy will play a pair of home games the weekend of Dec. 1-3.
• Navy will host Delaware on Friday, Dec. 1 and Morgan State on Sunday, Dec. 3.
Anderson Closing in on 1,000 Career Points
• Senior Shawn Anderson currently has 986 points and is just 14 points from reaching the 1,000-point mark.
• Anderson would become the 24th Midshipman in program history score 1,000 points and would join former teammates Worth Smith (1,172), Tilman Dunbar (1,094) and Brandon Venturini (1,017) in the 1,000-point club.