Dec. 12, 2013
Navy (5-3) at Bryant (6-5)
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 12:30 PM (ET)
Smithfield, R.I. | Chace Athletic Center (2,600)
Navy Game Notes
TV: Ocean State Network/Cox Sports on Cox Cable
Live Internet Video | Live Statistics
Saturday's Game Basics
Playing just its second game in the last 18 days, the Navy men's basketball team (5-3) will play at Bryant (6-5) on Saturday at 12:30 PM in the Chace Athletic Center. Navy has won three straight games and is 5-1 over its last six contests. Navy is meeting Bryant for the second time in series history. Navy defeated Bryant, 69-59, in Annapolis on December 10, 2012.
A television broadcast of the Navy-Bryant game will be available on the Ocean State Network and Cox Sports on Cox Cable. Mike Mancuso will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris DeSano will serve as the analyst. A live internet video stream and live statistics will also be available on navysports.com.
Navy has won three-straight games and five of its last six.
Navy's only loss in its last six games was at ACC-member Virginia.
Navy is coming off a 79-74 win over The Citadel on December 4. Navy has been on a hiatus from games during the final exam period.
Sophomore point guard Tilman Dunbar was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week this past Monday for his performance against The Citadel.
Dunbar scored a career-high 28 points in the win over The Citadel.
Dunbar also had a career-high eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes.
Dunbar was 7-of-12 from the floor and 14-of-17 from the free throw line. He made eight free throws in the final 74 seconds to seal the win.
Junior forward Worth Smith was 8-of-12 from the floor for a season-high 17 points. Smith scored 10 points in the first four minutes of the game.
Sophomore guard Kendall Knorr chipped in with 13 points as three Navy players scored in double figures.
With his 28-point performance against The Citadel, Dunbar has taken over the team lead in scoring with 12.0 points per game.
Smith is second at 10.9 and Knorr and junior guard Brandon Venturini are each averaging 7.8 points.
Sophomore center Will Kelly is averaging 7.5 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game.
Dunbar, Venturini, Knorr, Smith and Kelly have started all eight games for Navy this season.
The three players who have played the most off the bench this season are all freshmen.
Forward James Hemphill is averaging 13.6 minutes, guard Grant Vermeer is averaging 10.1 minutes and guard Michael Brown is at 8.8 minutes.
Kelly is tied for second in the conference in blocked shots (1.9) and is fourth in rebounding (6.3). Dunbar is fourth in assists (4.6) and Knorr is fourth in free-throw percentage (.895).
Navy is ranked 16th in the NCAA in scoring defense (60.9) and has held five of its eight opponents to 60 points or less.
Navy is leading the Patriot League in scoring margin (+5.2), field goal percentage defense (.391), rebounding (38.9) and rebounding margin (+5.1). The Mids rank second in the conference in scoring defense (60.9) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.288).
Navy is 4-0 at home this season, which is the best start to its home schedule since 2008-09 when it won its first seven home games and posted a 12-3 home record.
Navy has finished the home portion of its non-conference regular season schedule at 4-0 this season. Navy also accomplished this feat during the 2008-09 season (7-0).
Navy is two games over .500 for the first time since November 13, 2011 when the team was 2-0.
Navy has its best record (5-3) at this point in the season since being 7-1 in 2008-09.
Navy has won three-straight games for the first time since Jan. 22-29 of 2011.
Navy has made at least one three-pointer in 313 consecutive games.
Navy has an all-time record of 1,311-967 (.576).
Bryant (6-5) will be playing its fourth game in the last eight days.
The Bulldogs most recently fell at No. 3/2 Ohio State, 86-48, on Wednesday.
Bryant opened the season at 6-2 but has lost three straight games.
Bryant's leading scorer is junior guard Dyami Starks at 21.5 points per game. He has made 32 three-pointers.
The Columbia transfer has scored at least 30 points three times this season and 20 points five times.
Starks ranked eighth in scoring in the latest NCAA statistical report and is currently in the top 20.
Senior forward Alex Francis is second on the team with 15.6 points and leads Bryant with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Francis ranks in the top-10 of active NCAA players in career points (1,662) and career rebounds (795).
The Bulldogs are in the midst of the Gotham Classic. Bryant is 0-3 so far in the tournament, falling to North Dakota State (66-62), Notre Dame (70-59) and Ohio State (86-48).
The Bulldogs will conclude the Gotham Classic with a game at Madison Square Garden against Delaware on December 21.
Bryant was 19-12 in 2012-13 and competed in the CBI postseason tournament.
The Bulldogs were 12-6 in the Northeast Conference, tying for second place.
The head coach of the Bulldogs is Tim O'Shea. He is in his sixth year at Bryant.
One of O'Shea's assistant coaches is Al Skinner. Skinner was the head coach at Rhode Island from 1988 to 1997 and Boston College from 1997-2010 and has a career record of 385-291.
Series History vs. Bryant
Navy owns a 1-0 lead in the all-time series against Bryant.
The two teams met for the first time in Annapolis on December 10, 2012.
Navy earned a 69-59 win in the series opener.
Kendall Knorr's 15 points led four Navy players in double figures.
Tilman Dunbar had 13 points and 10 assists, James Loupos had 11 points and Brandon Venturini added 10 points and four steals.
Bryant led 29-28 at the half, but Navy outscored the visitors, 41-30, in the second half.
Navy is 6-4 (.600) all-time against schools from the state of Rhode Island.
Navy is 25-15 (.625) against schools from the Northeast Conference.
Navy will play its second of four-straight road games at Northern Kentucky (1-7) on Saturday, December 21 at 12:00 PM. It will be the second meeting in the series between the two schools. The Norse defeated the Mids, 55-46, on December 22, 2012. Navy will be seeking its first win against an Atlantic Sun program (0-6).
Dunbar Named Patriot League Player of the Week
Sophomore point guard Tilman Dunbar was named the Patriot League Player of the Week on December 9 for his play in Navy's 79-74 win over The Citadel.
Dunbar notched career-highs of 28 points and eight rebounds as Navy won its third game in a row and its fifth out of its last six last Wednesday.
Dunbar also had seven assists, two steals and one block.
Dunbar shot 7-of-12 from the floor and was 14-of-17 from the free throw line. The 14 made free throws are a career high and he made eight free throws in the final 74 seconds of the game to seal the win.
Dunbar, a sophomore, earns his first player of the week award after claiming four rookie of the week accolades from the conference last season. He was also named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team last year.
This was Navy's first Patriot League Player of the Week honor since 2009-10.