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Navy Men's Basketball Looks To Continue Momentum at Mount St. Mary's

Will Kelly scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the win over Monmouth on Wednesday night.

Will Kelly scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting in the win over Monmouth on Wednesday night.

Dec. 7, 2012

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Navy (5-5) at Mount St. Mary's (3-3)
Friday, December 7, 2012
Emmitsburg, Md. | Knott Arena (3,121) | 7:00 PM (ET)
Streaming Video:
NEC Front Row (FREE)
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM / www.wnav.com)
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (CH. TBA)
Announcer: Pete Medhurst
Television: None
Series: Navy leads, 9-6 (Navy, win-2)

The Last Meeting
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November 27, 2011
Annapolis, Md.
Navy Holds Off Mount St. Mary's, 64-56
J.J. Avila scored 19 points and Jordan Sugars connected on a huge three-pointer late in the contest to lift the Navy men's basketball team to a 64-56 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Sunday night in Alumni Hall.

Friday's Game Basics
The Navy men's basketball team closes out its three-game road trip with its first contest against a local opponent on the road, traveling to western Maryland to face Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg on Friday, beginning at 7:00 PM (ET). The contest will be streamed online as part of the NEC Front Row platform (FREE), while Pete Medhurst will handle Navy's radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM), WFED (1500 AM) and SIRIUS satellite radio (Ch. TBA). All the links, including live stats and Twitter (@NavyAthletics), will be available on NavySports.com.

Five Things to Know
• Friday's contest marks the sixth straight year that Navy and Mount St. Mary's will play and the 16th time overall. The series is the longest-running non-conference series on the Navy schedule. Navy leads the series, 9-6, and as winners of two straight games with The Mount.

• Navy has already won as more games this year (5) than it did all of last year (3), and more games away from Annapolis (2) than it did in all of last year (1). Navy's 85-66 win over Monmouth on Wednesday ended a school-record 18-game losing streak in true road games, dating back to last year's season opener against Longwood on Nov. 11, 2011.

• Navy's 5-5 record after 10 games is the program's best since posting an 8-2 record in 2008-09 after 10 games. The Midshipmen are literally about three plays (Siena, TCU, Prairie View A&M) from being 8-2 on the season, as poor free throw shooting cost the Midshipmen in all three of those games.

• Three of Navy's five losses have come by five points or less, including two by two points each (TCU, Prairie View A&M). Navy is now just 1-9 under coach Ed DeChellis in games decided by five points or less and 0-7 in games decided by three points or less.

• Navy's top five scorers are averaging between 6.0 and 9.7 points per game. Navy's top three scorers, Tilman Dunbar, Brandon Venturini and Worth Smith, average between 8.7 and 9.7 points per game and have 86, 98 and 86 field goal attempts on the year, respectively.

Wednesday's Monmouth Recap
• Navy used a dominating second-half effort to run past a good Monmouth squad on Wednesday night, 85-66. The 85 points were a season high and the most for the Navy team against a Division I opponent since scoring 87 against Longwood on Jan. 4, 2011.

• Navy trailed 37-32 at halftime and 44-35 early in the second half when the Midshipmen outscored the Hawks, 50-22, over the final 17 minutes of the contest for the 19-point win. Navy did that in the second half by shooting 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the field, recording just three turnovers after having nine in the first half, and limiting Monmouth to one offensive rebound after giving up seven in the first half.

• Navy's 19-point victory was its largest in a road game since beating UMES, 85-61, on Dec. 22, 2007, in Princess Anne.

• Navy improved to 18-4 (.818) all-time on December 5, the best record on a calendar date for the Navy basketball program. The Midshipmen won their ninth straight game on the date. Navy's last loss on the date came in 1987.

• Navy's 57.1 field goal percentage was the highest for a Navy team since 71.4 percent (25-of-35) vs. Texas-San Antonio on Dec. 2, 2008.

• Navy's 65.5 field goal percentage in the second half was the highest for the Navy program since shooting 69.0 percent in the second half against Longwood on Jan. 4, 2011.

• Navy shot 29-of-43 (.674) from inside the three-point line against the Hawks, as the Mids went just 3-of-13 from distance. Navy's top two three-point shooters, Brandon Venturini and Kendall Knorr, combined to go just 4-of-18 from the field. The rest of the team went 28-of-38 (.737) from the field.

Tilman Dunbar (20), Thurgood Wynn (19) and Will Kelly (10) all recorded career highs for the Midshipmen as the trio combined to shoot 20-of-24 (.833) from the field. Kendall Knorr (14) and Worth Smith (11) also scored in double figures, giving Navy five players in double figures for the first time since Nov. 11, 2011, vs. Longwood.

• Dunbar added seven assists, which tied for the ninth most in a game by a freshman in school history. With his 20-point, four-rebound, seven-assist performance, he became the first Navy player with a 20-4-7 game since Greg Sprink tallied 20 points with seven rebounds and eight assists against UMBC on Jan. 3, 2006. Dunbar is the first freshman in school history to have a 20-4-7 game.

Will Kelly went 5-of-5 from the field, the fourth-most field goals made without a miss in school history by a freshman. Teammate Kendall Knorr shares the record with Derrick Wall (vs. Lafayette; Feb. 22, 1992) and Cliff Rees (vs. Richmond; Jan. 10, 1985) as he went 6-of-6 against IPFW.

Kendall Knorr went 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, the fifth-most free throws made without a miss by a freshman in school history. Knorr is now 12-of-12 from the free throw line for his career, while just one of the free throws has actually touched the rim.

Brandon Venturini tied a career high with five assists in just 19 minutes of action.

Navy and Pearl Harbor Day
Friday marks the 71st anniversary of the "Day That Will Live In Infamy" -- Pearl Harbor Day. Navy owns just a 6-15 (.286) record all-time on the day, the worst record for a date with at least 20 games played.

NEC Stretch
Friday's game with Mount St. Mary's is the middle of a three-game swing against teams from the Northeast Conference. After defeating Monmouth, 85-66, on Wednesday night, Navy is at Mount St. Mary's on Friday night and then will host Bryant in the first meeting between the two teams next Monday night in Alumni Hall.

Team Update
• Navy has exhibited a balanced offensive attack through the season's first 10 games as five players average between 6.0 and 9.7 points per game. No player averages more than 29.9 minutes per game (Tilman Dunbar) and 11 players in all average at least 9.9 minutes per contest.

• Navy newcomers rank first (Tilman Dunbar), fourth (Kendall Knorr), seventh (Phil Guglielmo) and eighth (Jerome Alexander) on the team in scoring.

• Navy's 3-1 record over its last four games is the best four-game stretch since Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, 2011 (3-1).

• Navy has not won back-to-back road games since Jan. 22-29, 2011, vs. Army (85-81) and Colgate (81-78; 2 OT).

• Through Wednesday's games, Navy ranks 11th in the country in scoring defense (54.4 ppg) and sixth in three-point percentage defense (.233).

• According to BBState.com, Navy is 37th in the country in defensive points per possession (0.866). Last year, Navy ranked 288th (1.050) in the same category.

• Navy owns a 1.08 assist-to-turnover ratio (130-to-120) this year. Navy has not had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00 or better since 1996-97 (458-to-450; 1.02).

• In addition, Navy ranks 41st nationally in turnovers per game with a 12.0 per game average. The school record for lowest turnover average came in 1986-87 at 13.4 per game.

• Over the last five games, Navy is shooting 43.3 percent from the field, while opponents are averaging just 52.2 points per game and shooting 36.1 percent from the field.

• In the first half of the last four games, Navy is holding foes to just 24.0 points per game while shooting 33.3 percent (35-of-105).

• In the second half of the last four games, Navy is shooting 52-of-92 (.565) from the field, including 11-of-22 (.500) from three-point range. However, Navy is just 24-of-41 (.585) from the free throw line during the same span.

• In Navy's five wins, four players are averaging at least 9.6 points per game and the Mids are shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three-point range while averaging 70.4 points per game. In the five losses, Navy is averaging just 47.6 points per game while shooting 34.2 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from three-point range. In Navy's five losses, however, foes are shooting just 18.7 percent from three-point range.

• Navy's bench has been outstanding all year long, averaging 21.0 points per game or 35.6 percent of Navy's scoring. The group is shooting 71-of-172 (.413) from the field, 28-of-74 (.378) from three-point range and 40-of-54 (.741) from the free throw line. The group scored a season-high 29 points in the opener vs. Marymount.

• Navy's highly-regarded freshmen class has also not disappointed, leading all classes in scoring with 243 points (24.3 points per game) after scoring a season-high 44 points vs. Monmouth. The class is shooting 87-of-203 (.429) from the field and 21-of-57 (.368) from three-point range while dishing out 59 assists against 45 turnovers, for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.31.

• The school record for points scored by a freshman class was by the freshman class of 2010-11 with 762 points. The school record for average points scored per game by the freshman class was in 2005-06 at 25.7 ppg.

Player Update
Tilman Dunbar leads the team in scoring (9.7 ppg) while pacing the Patriot League in assists (5.5 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.12). He already has four occurrences of at least seven assists in a game and he ranks fifth among freshmen nationally in assists. He needs just three points and four assists to become the eighth freshmen with 100 points and 60 assists in a season. At his current pace of 5.5 assists per game, Dunbar will end the season with 171 assists, which would rank as the sixth most in school history.

Brandon Venturini ranks second on the team averaging 9.3 points per game, while ranking sixth in the Patriot League with 22 three-pointers. Over the last five games, Venturini is averaging 9.6 points per game while shooting 13-of-32 (.406) from three-point range. He has five double-figure scoring efforts in his last seven games and matched a career high with five assists in the win over Monmouth. Venturini has a 2.10 (21-to-10) assist-to-turnover ratio for the season and a 1.64 (41-to-25) ratio for his career.

Worth Smith has started to turn it on as of late, scoring in double-figures in three straight games, averaging 10.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 14-of-30 (.467) from the field during the span. He has led or shared the team rebound lead in six straight games and he surpassed the 200-rebound plateau on Wednesday in the win over Monmouth. When Smith reaches double-figures in scoring in 2012-13, Navy is 4-2 overall. Smith leads the team in plus-minus (plus-60).

• The reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Kendall Knorr, ranks fifth among the league's freshmen in scoring at 6.2 points per game, while leading all Patriot League rookies in three-pointers (14). Knorr scored 14 points against Monmouth and when he scores in double-figures, Navy is 3-0 this year. He has started his career by making all 12 of his free throw attempts and over the last five games, is shooting 13-of-26 from the field while averaging 8.6 points per game. • Thurgood Wynn had the finest game of his career on Wednesday night against Monmouth, tallying 19 points on 8-of-9 field goal attempts while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists. For the season, Wynn is averaging 6.0 points per game and when he scores in double figures for his career, Navy is 4-1, including 2-0 this year. Wynn's shooting performance on Wednesday elevated his season shooting percentage by 99 points from .341 to .440. Wynn needs two points for 200 in his career.

Brennan Wyatt may not be the starting point guard, but he is likely having his best season to date coming off the bench. Despite averaging just 2.0 points per game, Wyatt has done a flawless job running the Navy offense, accumulating an 18-to-8 (2.25) assist-to-turnover ratio in 99 minutes, averaging 7.3 assists per 40 minutes of action. Over the last five games, Wyatt has a ratio of 12-to-5 (2.40), averaging 8.0 assists per game per 40 minutes of action (12 assists in 60 minutes).

Will Kelly doesn't shoot a lot, but he is making it count when he does. Kelly scored 10 points in 13 minutes against Monmouth, increasing his average from 1.3 points per game to 2.0 points per game following Wednesday's game. He is 9-of-13 (.692) from the field and in the last five games, is shooting 7-of-8 (.875) from the field. He went 5-of-5 against the Hawks on Wednesday, tied for the fourth-most makes without a miss by a Navy freshman in school history.

• Lastly, James Loupos doesn't score a lot, but is doing a lot of things that don't show up on the statsheet. In addition to his six points and three rebounds against Monmouth, Loupos drew three charges against the Hawks and now leads the team with seven drawn charges. The three drawn charges are the most in a game for a Navy player since the 2006-07 season. Over the last five games, Loupos is averaging 4.8 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from the field.

Former Navy Basketball Player To Lead Army-Navy Flyover
Navy basketball alum Chris Williams (Class of 2001) will be the lead pilot for the 113th version of the Army-Navy football game on Saturday afternoon. Williams was a three-time all-Patriot League honoree, one of just two in Navy basketball history (Chris Harris). He is one of seven players in league history to be named to the first team three different seasons.

Streak Busting
Navy's win over Monmouth broke a lot of long streaks, most of them negative.

• Navy snapped a 26-game losing streak when trailing or tied at the half, dating back to Jan. 22, 2011 vs. Army. Navy trailed Monmouth, 37-32, at the break.

• Navy's win snapped an 18-game losing streak in true road games, dating back to last year's 78-70 season-opening victory over Longwood (Nov. 11, 2011).

• Navy snapped a 10-game losing streak during the month of December, going two full months of December without a victory. Navy's last win in the month came in a 64-57 win over George Washington in the BB&T Classic on Dec. 5, 2010.

Navy One of the Youngest Teams in America
Navy is one of the youngest teams in America, boasting six freshmen and six sophomores on its current roster. Navy returned just 13 years of collegiate experience on its roster entering the season. In the season opener against Marymount, Navy's five starters had 22 career starts between them with Worth Smith accounting for 17 of them.

Knorr Named Patriot League Rookie of the Week
Freshman Kendall Knorr had a big game in Wednesday's win over IPFW, tallying a career-high 15 points to be named Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday. It wasn't the amount of points he scored, it was how it happened that helped Navy to the victory. With the Mids leading 31-30, Knorr scored 13 points in a five-minute span to fuel an 18-6 run and lift the Midshipmen to victory. He made all six of its field goal attempts (three of them were three-pointers) and became just the third freshman ever (Derrick Wall vs. Lafayette on Feb. 22, 1992; Cliff Rees vs. Richmond on Jan. 10, 1985) to make six field goal attempts with no misses, and the first player in general since Jeremy Wilson vs. Lehigh on Feb. 14, 2010. Knorr leads all Patriot League freshmen in three-pointers made with 12.

Miscellaneous Information
• Navy owns a 178-114 (.610) record in Alumni Hall in its 22nd season at Alumni Hall.

• Navy will play its 300th game in the facility on Feb. 16 when it hosts rival Army in the annual Star Game.

• Navy is 136-146 (.482) all-time in its 22nd season in the Patriot League. The Mids are 76-60 (.559) at Alumni Hall and 60-81 (.426) on the road in Patriot League action. Navy is 1-4 in games played in Halsey Field House (1992 and 1993) in Patriot League play.

• The Midshipmen are 13-18 (.419) in the Patriot League Tournament. Navy is 1-9 on the road (.100) and 9-2 at home (.818).

• Navy has won three Patriot League Tournament championships (1994, `97, `98) and five regular-season crowns (1994, `96, `97, `98, 2000).

• Alumni Hall has sold out nine times, all coming against Army, including in each of the last five years. Navy is 7-2 in Alumni Hall sellouts.

• Since its opening in the 1991-92 season, six Navy players have scored 1,000 career points. All six scored the milestone point in Alumni Hall.

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