Dec. 1, 2008
Navy Game Notes (12-1-08)
NAVY (5-1) vs. TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO (2-2)
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2008 7:00 pm (ET)
Alumni Hall (5,710) Annapolis, Md.
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM; www.WNAV.com); WFED (1050 AM; www.FederalNewsRadio.com); SIRIUS (Channel 127)
Streaming Video: Navy All-Access (www.navysports.com)
TOYS FOR TOTS -- Fans that donate a toy for children in need will receive admission into the game for free.
The Navy men's basketball team looks to continue its early-season success on Tuesday night as it will play its final home game of a three-game homestand, hosting Texas-San Antonio at Alumni Hall, beginning at 7:00 pm (ET). The Mids, winners of five in a row, boast a 5-1 overall record, including a 4-0 mark at Alumni Hall. The Roadrunners enter the contest with a 2-2 overall mark, having lost tight games to Iowa and Oklahoma State.
Tuesday's game will air on WNAV (1430 AM / WNAV.com) and WFED (1050 AM / FederalNewsRadio.com) as well as on SIRIUS (Channel 127). The game will be streamed online for Navy All-Access users at NavySports.com. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary, making his debut as Navy's color man, will call all the action, beginning at 6:45 pm (ET) with Navy basketball pregame show.
The Mids are 5-1 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. That team started 6-1 en route to a 20-7 overall record.
Navy is 4-0 at Alumni Hall for the second time in three years (2006-07), and are outscoring its foes by 12.5 ppg (72.5 to 60.0) in games played at the facility. Navy is holding foes to just 36.2 percent shooting and 28.8 percent from three-point range in its four home games. Navy hasn't started 5-0 at Alumni Hall since 1998-99.
Navy has won six straight non-conference games at home for the first time since Nov. 27, 1999, to Feb. 12, 2000, a nine-game streak.
Navy's five-game non-conference winning streak overall is the longest since Dec. 28, 1999, to Feb. 12, 2000.
Navy leads the league in scoring offense (76.7), rebounds per game (42.2) and three-pointers made per game (8.67).
The Mids boast two of the top three scorers in the Patriot League in Kaleo Kina (17.8; 2nd) and Chris Harris (17.0; 3rd). Navy's Mark Veazey also leads the league in rebounding, and Navy has three of the top nine rebounders in Veazey (7.5), Kina (5.7) and Clif Colbert (5.7).
Navy is receiving two votes in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, announced on Monday. The Mids are also ranked 11th (out of 29 teams) in the DelMarva/DC College Basketball Rankings, compiled Monday by the Washington Times' Patrick Stevens.
Previewing Texas-San Antonio
Texas-San Antonio enters the game with a 2-2 overall record, with victories over D-III McMurry, 80-55, and D-II East Central, 136-68. The Roadrunners' two losses have come to Oklahoma State (76-57) and Iowa (73-67). In the win over East Central, the Roadrunners set six school records including points (136), scoring margin (+68), field goal attempts (97) and three-pointers made (17) and attempted (43). In the last two games, UTSA has forced 62 turnovers, including 37 steals.
The Roadrunners are led by 5-7 lightning bug Omar Johnson, who is averaging 15.3 ppg and 5.0 apg and is shooting 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from three-point range. Travis Gabbidon is averaging 13.0 ppg and 4.5 rpg and Joey Shank and Devin Gibson chip in at 9.8 ppg. Gibson was the NCAA's steals leader as a freshman a year ago and is one of 31 nominees for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best player that stands 6-0 or shorter.
As a team, UTSA is averaging 85.0 ppg and outrebounding foes, 40.2 to 34.8. Opponents have committed 25 more turnovers than UTSA and the squad is shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from three-point range.
Brooks Thompson is in his third year in charge, owning a 22-41 mark in San Antonio. He is 77-55 in his fifth year overall after serving as the head coach at Yavapai College (Junior College) for three years, posting a 55-14 record there.
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