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Men’s Basketball Returns to Action Against Lipscomb Thursday

Tom Lacey
Dec. 20, 2017

Game Information
Lipscomb (8-4) at Navy (9-3)
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
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Radio: 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV & 1500 AM WFED
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After a 10-day layoff for final exams, the Navy men’s basketball team (9-3) will look to continue its five-game winning streak when hosting Lipscomb (8-4) on Thursday at 7 PM in Alumni Hall. The Lipscomb game will be Navy’s final non-conference contest of the 2017-18 season.

The Navy-Lipscomb game will have free live video on and the Patriot League Network. The game will also be on the radio on 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV in Annapolis and on 1500 AM WFED in Washington, D.C. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the announcing duties on the live video and radio broadcasts.

Midshipmen Storylines
• Navy (9-3) won its fifth straight game on Dec. 10 at Columbia, 73-68.
• The team has not played since the Columbia game due to the Naval Academy’s final exam schedule.
• Navy’s other wins during the five-game winning streak came over Denver (79-71), Delaware (82-76), Morgan State (66-59) and Coppin State (70-53).
• Navy’s five-game winning streak is its longest since winning eight straight games last season during the first half of the Patriot League schedule.
• Navy had winning streaks of seven games and six games during the 2015-16 season.
• At 9-3, Navy has matched its best 12-game start to a season since 2006-17.
• A win over Lipscomb would give Navy a 10-3 start, which would be the program’s best since 1998-99 (10-3).
• Navy’s nine non-conference wins have matched the 2015-16 team’s nine wins (9-4). A win over Lipscomb would give Navy its 10th non-conference win, which would be the most since going 11-4 in 2008-09.
• Navy is 4-0 so far this season in non-conference home games.
• A win over Lipscomb would give Navy an undefeated non-conference home record for the first time since 2013-14 (4-0).
• Navy rallied from an 18-point deficit in its win over Columbia on Dec. 10. Navy trailed 31-13 with 6:44 left in the first half and cut the halftime deficit to eight at 40-32. Navy outscored Columbia in the second half, 41-28.
• Senior guard Shawn Anderson recorded his first career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
• Junior guard Hasan Abdullah scored 16 points against the Lions.
• Sophomore center Evan Wieck scored 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field. Wieck’s seven field goals made without a miss were tied for the fifth most in a game in program history.
• Anderson is currently leading Navy in scoring (13.1), rebounding (5.8) and assists (3.3). He is the only player in the Patriot League who is leading his team in all three of those categories.
• He is also leading the team in minutes played (31.2).
• Anderson currently ranks 22nd in program history in career scoring with 1,089 points. He is just six points away from moving past Tilman Dunbar ‘16 and into 21st place.
• Anderson is also two assists from passing Michael Heary ‘98 for 14th place on the all-time assists list at Navy. Anderson currently has 249 career assists.
• Senior guard Bryce Dulin ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game. Dulin has scored over 20 points three times this season.
• Abdullah and senior forward Tom Lacey are tied for third on the team in scoring at 9.8 points per game.
• Abdullah ranks first on the team and first in the Patriot League in steals per game (2.5). He ranks 18th in the NCAA in steals per game.
• Abdullah is second on the team in assists per game (3.2).
• Lacey is second on the team in rebounding at 5.4 boards per game.
• Navy ranks first in the Patriot League in scoring defense at 67.2 points allowed per game.
• Navy ranked 25th in the NCAA in scoring defense in each of the last two seasons.
• Navy also ranks first in the Patriot League in rebounding margin (+5.6) and offensive rebounds per game (11.1).
• Navy is 8-0 this season, and 18-0 over the last two seasons, when scoring at least 70 points in a game.
• Navy is averaging 72.4 points this season, its highest mark since averaging 76.3 in 2007-08.
• Navy averaged 64.9 points last season.
• Head coach Ed DeChellis will be coaching his 200th career game at Navy on Thursday and his 650th game of all-time.
• DeChellis is 77-122 in his seventh season at Navy and 296-353 overall in his 22nd season as a head coach.
• Navy has received votes in the College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 Poll four times this season.



Lipscomb Storylines
• Lipscomb (8-4) won a pair of home games last week over Florida College (100-68) and Abilene Christian (67-65).
• The win over Abilene Christian on Sunday was the Bisons’ second win over the Wildcats this season.
• Lipscomb also swept fellow Nashville-based school Belmont in two games earlier in the non-conference slate.
• Junior forward Rob Marberry scored a season-high 24 points in the win over Abilene Christian on Sunday, while junior guard Garrison Mathews added 22 points.
• Mathews leads the team in scoring at 20.1 points per game. He averaged 20.4 points last season.
• Marberry is the only other Bison averaging double figures at 13.5 points. Marberry also averages a team-best 6.5 rebounds.
• Three of Lipscomb’s four losses this season came against then-No. 24 Tennessee, then-No. 25 Alabama and Texas.
• Lipscomb was 20-13 last season and 11-3 in the Atlantic Sun.
• The Bisons were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Sun preseason poll behind FGCU.
• Head coach Casey Alexander is in his fifth season at Lipscomb.

Series History vs. Lipscomb
• This will be the first meeting between Navy and Lipscomb.
• Navy is 4-5 all-time against teams in the Atlantic Sun.
• Navy fell to Atlantic Sun preseason favorite FGCU earlier this season, 70-54.

Looking Ahead: Mids to Open Patriot League Play at Loyola on Dec. 29
• Navy will open its 27th season of Patriot League men’s basketball at Loyola on Friday, Dec. 29 at 7 pm in Reitz Arena.
• Navy has swept the season series against Loyola in each of the last three seasons.
• Navy was picked third in the Patriot League preseason poll, while Loyola was picked sixth.

Thursday’s Promotions
• All USNA Faculty/Staff as well as Military members can get a free ticket with their ID.

Shuttle / Parking Information
All fans attending the game are encouraged to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Fans can enter Gate 5 off Taylor Ave. and pay $5 for parking. The shuttle is free and the pick up and drop off spot is in front of the Blue Angel plane. The shuttle will run from one hour before the start of the game to one hour after the game concludes. Fans ages 18 and over need photo ID to enter the Academy. Parking at the stadium is the best option for fans attending the game. Due to Naval Academy security restrictions, the general public can not drive their vehicles on to the Yard. The pedestrian entries at Gate 1, Gate 3 and Gate 8, will be open.

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