Men's Basketball Seeks Third-Straight Win Against The Citadel
Dec. 3, 2013
The Citadel (3-6) at Navy (4-3)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
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Radio: WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM / wnav.com
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Wednesday's Game Basics
After a seven-day layoff, the Navy men's basketball team (4-3) will host The Citadel (3-6) on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall. Navy has won four of its last five games and is playing the last of a three-game homestand. Navy's next game in Alumni Hall will be its Patriot League home opener against Lafayette on January 5 after playing four-straight road games.
Live video of the game will be available on the Patriot League Digital Network and audio of the contest can be heard on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in the Annapolis area. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the broadcast call. Live statistics will also be available.
Toys for Tots Night - FREE Admission when you donate a new, unwrapped toy at the gate.
$1 Concessions Night - Select items in the concession stands will be just one dollar!
Fans without Department of Defense credentials must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Buses will run every 15 minutes starting one hour before each game and will continue running throughout the game and one hour after.
Navy has won two-straight games and four of its last five.
The Mids are coming off back-to-back wins over UMES (67-59) and UMBC (73-58).
Sophomore guard Kendall Knorr had career-highs of 17 points and six assists in the win over UMES and also had seven rebounds.
Knorr sealed the win with seven points in the final 22.5 seconds on a three-pointer and four free throws.
Sophomore guard Tilman Dunbar had 15 points and seven assists against UMES and junior forward Worth Smith had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Smith is leading Navy with 10.0 points per game and Dunbar is second at 9.7.
Sophomore Will Kelly is second in the Patriot League in defensive rebounds (5.0), third in blocked shots (2.1) and seventh in rebounding (6.0).
Knorr ranks fourth in the Patriot League in free throw percentage (.933).
Dunbar, Knorr, Smith, Kelly and Brandon Venturini have started all seven games for Navy this season.
Navy is leading the Patriot League in scoring defense (59.0), field goal percentage defense (.383), rebounds per game (38.9) and rebounding margin (+5.3).
Navy is 3-0 at home this season, which is the best start to its home schedule since 2008-09 when it won its first seven games and posted a 12-3 home record.
Navy is a game over .500 for the first time since being 2-1 on November 14, 2012. The last time Navy was two games over .500 was on November 13, 2011 when the team was 2-0.
Navy is seeking its first three-game winning streak since Jan. 22-29 of 2011.
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 312 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,310-967 (.575).
The Citadel Storylines
The Citadel (3-6) enters Wednesday on a two-game losing skid.
The Bulldogs most recently lost to West Alabama (90-77) and Towson (84-59) at the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland last weekend at Towson.
The Citadel's only Division I victory this season was over Presbyterian (82-68) on November 12.
The Bulldogs have also defeated Division II North Greenville (83-53) and NAIA Montreat (109-64).
Sophomore guard Matt Van Scyoc leads the Bulldogs with 15.7 points per game and freshman forward Brian White averages 15.4 points and 7.2 rebounds.
White scored all 24 of his points in the loss to West Alabama in the second half.
White had already been named the Southern Conference Rookie of the Week twice this season.
The Citadel was 8-22 last season and 5-13 in the SoCon.
The Citadel is coached by Chuck Driesell, son of the legendary Lefty Driesell.
The younger Driesell began his coaching career at the Naval Academy Preparatory School, where he was 40-29 from 1985-88.
Series History vs. The Citadel
Navy owns a 5-4 lead in the all-time series against the Citadel.
The series began on December 29, 1970 with Navy earning a 72-69 win in Charleston.
Navy is 3-0 in games played in Annapolis and 2-0 in games played in Alumni Hall.
Navy won the last meeting in the series, 84-70, at home on December 31, 2005.
Navy is 14-16 (.467) against schools currently in the Southern Conference and 11-11 (.500) against South Carolina schools.
Navy is 104-56 (.650) vs. other military schools.
Navy will play its first of four-straight road games at Bryant on Saturday, December 14. Navy is 1-0 against Bryant, having defeated the Bulldogs, 69-59, in Annapolis on Dec. 10 of last season. Bryant was 19-12 last season and competed in the CBI postseason tournament.
Navy 12th in the NCAA in Scoring Defense
Navy enters Wednesday's game ranked 12th in the NCAA, and first in the Patriot League, in scoring defense.
The Mids are allowing just 59.0 points per game.
Navy has held five of its seven opponents to 60 points or less this season.
Navy ranked 42nd in the NCAA in scoring defense last season at 60.9 and was 148th in Coach DeChellis' first season (66.2).
The current points allowed mark of 59.0 is the third-best Navy average since 1951-52.
Starting Lineup Notes
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis has started Tilman Dunbar, Brandon Venturini, Kendall Knorr, Worth Smith and Will Kelly in each of the first seven games this season.
DeChellis used three different starting five combinations in the first seven games of last season.
Dunbar and Venturini have each started 38-straight games while Smith has started the most of the group with 54.
Class of 2017 Update
Navy currently has eight freshmen on its 18-man roster.
Forward James Hemphill is leading the group in minutes played with 13.9 per game. Hemphill is averaging 3.4 points per game while shooting 63 percent from the floor.
Guard Grant Vermeer is averaging 3.3 points in 9.6 minutes and guard Michael Brown is averaging 2.7 points in 9.3 minutes.
Hemphill, Vermeer and Brown have logged the most minutes off the bench for Navy this season.
Vermeer had eight points and two rebounds in Navy's win over UMES.
Brown had 12 points and seven rebounds in Navy's win over UMBC.
Hemphill had nine points and five boards against UMBC.
Freshman forward Edward Alade had 14 points and four rebounds in Navy's win over Goucher.