Dec. 8, 2008
* Navy Game Notes (12-8-08)
NAVY (7-2) at MOUNT ST. MARY'S (3-4)
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 7:00 pm (ET)
Knott Arena (3,121) Emmitsburg, Md.
RADIO: WNAV - 1430 AM / www.WNAV.com (Pete Medhurst)
LIVE VIDEO: www.MountAthletics.com (subscription only)
LIVE STATS: www.MountAthletics.com
Mids Finish Pre-Exam Schedule on the Road at Mount St. Mary's
The Navy men's basketball team will wrap up its pre-exam schedule with another road game on Tuesday night at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md. The game will be aired on WNAV (1430 AM / www.WNAV.com) with Pete Medhurst calling the action beginning with the Navy pregame show at 6:45 pm (ET).
Navy enters the contest with a 7-2 overall record after seeing its seven-game winning streak snapped in a 79-70 setback to ACC member Virginia Tech on Sunday. Navy's 7-1 start had been the program's best since the 1983-84 team opened the year 8-0.
Mount St. Mary's is 3-4 overall, having lost its last two games by a combined six points. Both of the losses were in Northeast Conference play for the preseason league favorites, falling to Sacred Heart (80-75) and Central Connecticut State (66-65 in overtime).
The Mount is led by guard Jeremy Goode, who is averaging 19.9 ppg and 3.4 apg. Jean Cajou averages 13.4 ppg. The Mountaineers are being outscored by one point on the season, averaging 68.0 ppg. Mount St. Mary's is shooting 43.7 percent from the field, but foes are shooting 44.5 percent against them.
This will be the 12th meeting between the two teams, with Navy holding a slim 6-5 advantage. The series began in 1919 and following a game in 1920, it had been 67 years between meetings until a 1987 meeting. The two teams have met five previous times since 2000.
-- Navy's 7-2 start marks the second time in three years that the Mids have started 7-2. The other time came in the 2006-07 season. Navy finished that year with a 14-6 mark.
-- Navy is 5-0 at home, but is just 2-2 away from Annapolis. Navy is allowing 82.2 points per game away from Annapolis, while giving up just 61.0 at home.
-- The Mids have held five straight opponents under 45.0 percent shooting, and not one team has cracked 50.0 percent against the Navy defense this year. The Mids rank 76th nationally in field goal percentage defense, one year after ranking 147th.
-- Opponents are making just 44.0 percent of their two-point attempts this year, ranking 74th nationally in two-point defense.
-- Over the last seven games, Navy has 101 assists (14.4 apg) against just 106 turnovers (15.1 tpg) for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.95.
-- Navy is shooting 42.5 percent from the field, ranking 209th nationally. Navy ranked 297th in the country a year ago.
Navy will break for 11 days for final exams (which start Thursday). The Mids will conclude their pre-Christmas slate at Canisius (Dec. 20) and 17th-ranked Villanova (Dec. 22).
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