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Mids Host Bryant on Monday in Pre-Exam Finale

Brandon Venturini ranks sixth in the Patriot League with 23 three-pointers.

Dec. 9, 2012

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Bryant (5-3) at Navy (5-6)
Monday, December 10, 2012
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Streaming Video:
Navy All-Access
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM,, WFED (1500 AM,
Satellite Radio: SIRIUS (Ch. TBA)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst (play-by-play), Michael Heary (analyst)
Television: None
Tickets: 1-800-US4-NAVY / available at Alumni Hall ticket window
Series: First Meeting

Toys For Tots Drive -- Donate an unused toy and get FREE admission to the game!

• All fans without a Department of Defense sticker affixed to their vehicle will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5 per vehicle).
• Season-ticket holders are able to park on The Yard, as they should have received a pass from the Naval Academy for entry onto campus.

Monday's Game Basics
The Navy men's basketball team (5-6) wraps up its pre-exam schedule with its third straight game against a Northeast Conference (NEC) opponent when it faces Bryant (5-3) on Monday, December 10, beginning at 7:00 PM (ET) from Alumni Hall in Annapolis. The contest will be streamed online as part of the Navy All-Access platform, while Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary 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



Team Update
• Navy has exhibited a balanced offensive attack through the season's first 11 games as five players average between 5.6 and 10.5 points per game. No player averages more than 30.5 minutes per game (Tilman Dunbar) and 11 players overall average at least 10.1 minutes per contest.

• Navy newcomers rank first (Tilman Dunbar), fourth (Kendall Knorr), seventh (Phil Guglielmo) and eighth (Jerome Alexander) on the team in scoring. Dunbar (2nd; 10.5 ppg) and Knorr (3rd; 6.9 ppg) rank second and third among Patriot League freshmen in scoring.

• Over the last two games, Navy is averaging 75.0 points per game while shooting 57-of-99 (.576) from the field and 10-of-25 (.400) from three-point range. The Midshipmen have 32 assists to 27 turnovers (1.19 ratio) during that span.

• In the second halves of the last two games, Navy has shot 33-of-50 (.660) from the field and 5-of-11 (.455) from three-point range.

• Navy has struggled mightily at the free throw line, shooting just 62.1 percent from the charity stripe to rank 313th out of 347 teams nationally. It has been especially painful in the second half, where Navy is 30-of-58 (.517) from the free throw line in the second halves of the last seven games.

• Navy has shot 50.0 percent or lower from the free throw line in five of its 11 games this year. Had Navy shot 75 percent from the free throw line, the Midshipmen would have beaten Siena (went 5-of-10; lost by five in overtime), TCU (went 3-of-11; lost by two), Prairie View A&M (went 8-of-14; lost by two) and would have lost by two to Mount St. Mary's (went 8-of-17; lost by seven).

• To highlight Navy's free throw shooting woes, Navy has converted just 4-of-11 "and-one" opportunities this season.

• In the last five games, Navy has held opponents to just 37.3 percent shooting on all field goal attempts (97-of-260).

• Navy ranks 18th nationally in scoring defense (56.0 ppg) and tied for 35th in field goal percentage defense (.382). Navy is 16th nationally in three-point percentage defense (.254). However, over the last four games, opponents are 33-of-101 (.327) from three-point range.

• Navy has held eight of its 11 opponents to 55 or fewer points with UAB (82), Monmouth (66) and Mount St. Mary's (72) as the only teams scoring over 55 points. However, in the last two games vs. Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's, Navy has allowed an average of 69.0 points per game while foes have shot 47-of-111 (.423) from the field and 20-of-60 (.333) from long distance.

• Navy is on pace to shatter the school record for fewest turnovers in a game, averaging just 12.3 turnovers per game. The school record is 13.4 per game set in the 1986-87 season. Navy is also on pace to hold foes to the fewest points per game in school history (since 1951-52 when record-keeping started). The school record is 56.9 points per game set in 1985-86.

• The Midshipmen are trying to record an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00 or better for the first time since 1996-97 (458 assists / 450 turnovers; 1.02 ratio). This year's team currently has a ratio of 1.08 (146 assists / 135 turnovers).

• Mount St. Mary's 13 three-pointers were tied for the third most in school history against Navy, while its 35 three-point attempts tied the most against Navy in school history.

• Navy is 3-17 under Ed DeChellis in games decided by single digits, including 0-7 in games decided by three or fewer points. In games decided by double-digits under DeChellis, Navy is 5-15.

• The record (through Saturday's games) of Navy's 11 D-I opponents (including Bryant) is 51-56. Each one of Navy's last nine D-I opponents has at least four wins and eight of them have records of .500 or better. The record of Navy's last nine D-I opponents is 47-39.

Tilman Dunbar
... leads the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) while leading the Patriot League in assists (5.5 apg). He ranks second in assist-to-turnover ratio.
... ranks third nationally among freshmen in assists per game (5.5), behind Xavier's Semaj Christon (6.0) and Texas' Javan Felix (5.7).
... is already the eighth freshmen in school history to score 100 points with 60 assists.
... ranks 37th on the school's all-time freshman scoring list (115 points) and 10th on the freshman single-season assists list (60).
... is averaging 19.0 ppg, 6.0 apg and 2.5 rpg while shooting 14-of-20 (.700) from the field in the last two games.
... over the last four games, Dunbar is averaging 10.3 ppg and 6.0 apg with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.00 (24-to-12).
... became the 1st player with a 20-4-7 statline in a game (vs. Monmouth) since Greg Sprink (Jan. 2006); was the first freshman ever to do so.

Worth Smith
... has scored in double figures in four straight games, averaging 10.5 ppg and 7.3 rpg in that span, while shooting 18-of-39 (.462) on FGs.
... has led the team in rebounding in seven straight games, averaging 6.9 rebounds per game in that span.
... ranks seventh in the Patriot League in rebounding (5.9 rpg), 25th in scoring (8.8 ppg) and fifth in blocked shots (1.3 bpg).
... needs six points for 300 points in his career and he surpassed 200 rebounds against Monmouth.
... has played at least 33 minutes in each of the last four games; just once in the first seven games.
... during career, Smith has led team in rebounding 17 times (in 40 games); rest of team combined has led team in rebounds 11 times.
... Smith has 14 of Navy's 28 blocked shots this year, and has 36 career blocked shots in 40 games.

Kendall Knorr
... Knorr continues to impress, ranking fourth on the team in scoring (6.9 ppg) while playing just 17.9 minutes per game.
... his 6.9 point per game average is third best among Patriot League freshmen.
... his 18 three-pointers are ninth in the Patriot League among all players and first among freshmen; ninth among the country's freshmen.
... over the last two games, Knorr is averaging 14.0 points per game in just 27.0 minutes of action.
... in his last five games, Knorr is averaging 10.2 points per game while shooting 16-of-30 (.533) from the field and 11-of-24 (.458) on 3-ptrs.
... Knorr was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week last Monday after scoring 15 points in a win over IPFW.

Brandon Venturini
... ranks second on the team in scoring (8.9 ppg) and leads the squad in three-pointers made (23).
... owns a 2.00 assist-to-turnover ratio (22-to-11) for the season and 1.62 (42-to-26) for his career.
... ranks sixth in the Patriot League in three-pointers made (23); is 11th nationally among sophomores.
... in the last five games, is averaging 9.2 points per game while shooting 12-of-26 (.462) from long distance.

James Loupos
... has really come on late since being inserted into the starting lineup seven games ago (5.1 ppg, 14-of-27 FGs).
... leads the team with nine drawn charges, including three against Monmouth and two vs. Mount St. Mary's.
... in the last two games, Loupos is averaging 8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg in 27.5 minutes per game with five drawn charges; shooting 7-of-10 FGs.
... his 11 points vs. Mount St. Mary's were the most for him since last year's season opener vs. Longwood (11 pts); all came in second half.