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Red-Hot Mids Look For Fourth Win in a Row on Tuesday Night Against UMES

Jeremy Wilson came off the bench on Saturday night to give the Mids a big boost in their win over William & Mary.

Jeremy Wilson came off the bench on Saturday night to give the Mids a big boost in their win over William & Mary.

Nov. 24, 2008

Navy Game Notes (11-24-08)

NAVY (3-1) vs. MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE (0-2)
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 • 7:00 pm (ET)
Alumni Hall (5,710) • Annapolis, Md.
Radio:
Navy All-Access Only (www.NavySports.com); SIRIUS (Channel 122)
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY
Streaming Video: Navy All-Access (www.navysports.com)
Gametracker: www.NavySports.com

PROMOTIONS
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY NIGHT --
Students from Anne Arundel County elementary schools may receive two free tickets to both the men's and women's game, starting at 5:00 pm with the women's game against Dayton.

Red-Hot Mids Look For Fourth Win in a Row on Tuesday Night Against UMES
• The red-hot Navy men's basketball team looks to continue its winning ways with a Tuesday night tilt against Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Mids have won three games in a row after a season-opening loss and will be looking to remain undefeated at Alumni Hall. The game will be the back end of a women's-men's doubleheader and will tip off 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game vs. Dayton, which starts at 5:00 pm (ET). Navy is 3-1 on the year, while Maryland-Eastern Shore is 0-2.
• Tuesday's game will air on Navy All-Access only (both video and audio), as WNAV (1430 AM) will carry the Navy football game vs. Northern Illinois instead. Joe Miller will handle the call for both games, beginning with the women's game against Dayton.

The Book on Navy
• Navy appears to have righted the ship after a lackluster effort in the season-opening loss to Towson. Navy has won three straight games, thanks to strong defensive efforts in games against Howard, St. Francis (N.Y.) and William & Mary. Over the last three games (regulation only), Navy has held its foes to 68-of-166 (.410) from the field and just 184 points (61.3 per game). Then in the overtime sessions against William & Mary, the Tribe shot just 9-of-24 from the field (.375), after shooting 26-of-50 (.520) from the field in regulation. In the season opener against Towson, the Tigers shot 46.0 percent from the field and scored 49 second-half points (86 overall).
• Navy has taken over the league lead in scoring offense, thanks to a 102-point effort against William & Mary. The Mids, who have led the league in scoring in three of the last four years, are aveaging 77.8 points per game.
• However, thanks to allowing 99 points against the Tribe, Navy is now last in the league in scoring defense at 75.8 ppg. The Mids finished last in the league last year (league games only) in scoring defense.
• One area that Navy has really improved on since last year is in the rebounding department. Navy has outebounded two of its four opponents by double-digit margins (Towson and William & Mary), been even with another foe (St. Francis) and lost by two on the glass to Howard. Navy is outrebounding foes, by an average of 5.8 per game, and has grabbed an average of 14.8 offensive rebounds per game, resulting in 52 second-chance points (13.0 ppg).
• The rebounding effort has helped Navy dominate the paint so far this year, outscoring foes, 134-98, an average of 9.0 points per game. Last year, Navy was outscored in the paint, 887-746, an average of over five points per game.
• Over the last two games, Navy has recorded 36 assists to 32 turnovers for a ratio of 1.13. In the first two games, Navy had 20 assists against 32 turnovers (0.63 ratio).
• Navy is shooting 76.2 percent from the free throw line in the last four minutes and overtime. Nineteen of Navy's 36 points in overtime against William & Mary came from the free throw line.
• Navy is shooting 36.6 percent (15-of-41) from three-point range at home, but is just 31.1 percent (19-of-61) away from Alumni Hall. In addition, Navy is at 80.0 percent (32-of-40) at home from the free throw line, but just 70.7 percent (29-of-41) away from home.
• Navy is aiming for its fifth straight non-conference home win, and needs just two wins for 150 all-time at Alumni Hall.

 

 

The Book on Maryland-Eastern Shore
• Maryland-Eastern Shore enters Tuesday night's contest with an 0-2 record after falling to Longwood in its home opener on Saturday, 61-49. Dating back to last year, the Hawks have lost nine straight games. UMES boasts a roster with three seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen.
• UMES has struggled on the offensive end this year, being outscored by Stony Brook, 60-44, and by Longwood, 61-49. The Hawks rank 341st (our of 343) in scoring offense at just 46.5 ppg, and are 329th nationally in field goal percentage at 33.9 percent. However, UMES is winning the battle of the glass, outrebounding foes by four rebounds a game.
• The Hawks are led by junior forward Neal Pitt at 17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg, ranking 39th nationally in rebounding. In the contest against Longwood, Pitt scored 21 (of the team's 49) points to go with 15 rebounds (nine offensive). Freshman Keishawn Mayes averages 11.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg.
• Frankie Allen is in his first year as UMES' head coach, boasting a 223-296 career record. He has served as the head coach at Virginia Tech, Tennessee State and Howard, as well as an assistant coach at UMBC for the past two years.

 Md.-Eastern Shore Projected Starters (2008-09 Stats)
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 Stats / Notes
F
1
Keishawn Mayes
6-7
225
Fr.
11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 apg
F
34
Neal Pitt
6-6
230
Jr.
17.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
G
10
Josh Bright
5-10
180
So.
3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 3.0 apg
G
33
Chris Conner
6-4
210
Fr.
9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
G
41
Gary Lee
6-5
200
Sr.
3.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg

 Navy's Projected Starters (2008-09 Stats)
Pos.
No.
 Name
Ht.
Wt.
Year
 Stats / Notes
F
33
Adam Teague
6-8
225
Sr.
10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
C
44
Mark Veazey
6-11
230
So.
8.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg
G
24
Kaleo Kina
6-4
200
Sr.
16.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
G
5
Chris Harris
6-2
185
Jr.
18.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg
G
23
O.J. Avworo
6-0
195
So.
4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 apg

Series With the Hawks
• Navy leads the all-time series with Maryland-Eastern Shore, 4-1, and has won three meetings in a row by an average margin of 19.3 points per game. Navy will be looking for its fourth win in a row, which would tie Fairfield and William & Mary as the third-longest active winning streak against one opponent.
• The Mids are 1-1 all-time against UMES in Alumni Hall, falling to the Hawks, 82-71, on Dec. 11, 1993, before defeating UMES, 82-59, on Nov. 21, 2006.
• UMES will be the second of two MEAC opponents for Navy this year. The Mids defeated Howard, 66-55, on Nov. 16, and own a 9-2 all-time record against teams currently in the MEAC. Navy is 7-1 under Billy Lange against MEAC teams.

The Last Meeting
• Navy cruised past UMES last year, 85-61, in Princess Anne, Md. The game was Navy's final contest before the Christmas break and during the last three years, the game has been the final game before a major holiday (2007 and 2009 seasons before Thanksgiving; 2008 before Christmas).
• Navy surged to a 41-23 halftime advantage, then watched UMES whittle the lead to six at 41-35 on the strength on a 12-0 run to start the second half. Navy answered by outscoring the Hawks, 44-26, during the final 15 minutes for the comfortable victory. Navy did turn the ball over 20 times in the win, while forcing just 15 UMES mistakes.
• Navy shot 50.8 percent from the field, and connected on 14-of-25 three-point tries. Kaleo Kina led three Navy players in double figures with 20 points, while Chris Harris had 19 and Greg Sprink had 15 points and nine rebounds. Romeo Garcia also had a strong game with six points, six rebounds and five assists.
• Ed Tyson led UMES with 16 points, while Josh Bright had 13 points on just 4-of-17 shooting. Just three current UMES players saw action against Navy last year.

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