Feb. 19, 2013
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American (10-15, 5-5 PL) at NAVY (7-19, 1-9 PL)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
Video Streaming: Navy All-Access / Patriot League All-Access
Radio: WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com)
Announcers: Pete Medhurst, Michael Heary
Twitter Updates: @NavyAthletics
Tickets: Available at Alumni Hall entrance
Series: American leads, 40-37 (American, win-4)
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.
Bring your 'A' Game -- All kids ages 14 and under receive FREE admission to the game by showing an 'A' grade on their report card or graded assignment at the Alumni Hall Ticket Office.
Navy (7-19, 1-9) hosts American (10-15, 5-5) in its second-to-last home game of the year on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM (ET). Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will handle the Navy radio call on WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM, wnav.com), and live streaming video will be available on NavySports.com Live stats will be provided on NavySports.com, and as always, Twitter updates will be provided (@NavyAthletics).
Navy enters the contest with a 7-19 overall mark and a 1-9 Patriot League record after dropping a 56-55 heartbreaker to Army on Saturday.
The Midshipmen rank 54th in the country in scoring defense (61.3 ppg) and 28th in turnovers per game (11.4), but is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field to rank 317th nationally while ranking 337th in the country in scoring offense (57.0 ppg).
Sophomore Worth Smith paces the Mids in scoring (10.6 ppg), rebounds (6.0 rpg), blocks (32) and steals (30). He has scored in double-figures in six straight games and became the third player in school history to record 400 points, 300 rebounds and 50 blocked shots by the end of his sophomore season.
Freshman Tilman Dunbar averages 5.2 assists per game to rank second nationally among freshmen. He needs just three points to move into the Navy freshman top 10 scoring list and 44 points and 16 assists to become the first Navy player since 1991 (Erik Harris) with 300 points and 150 assists.
Sophomore Brandon Venturini (8.8 ppg) ranks fifth in the Patriot League with 58 three-pointers, needing four to move into Navy's top 10 list (Michael Heary - 62 in 1997).
American is coming off a 64-61 overtime win over Holy Cross in which Daniel Munoz buried a three-pointer as time expired to give the Eagles the victory. American is currently tied for fourth in the league with a 5-5 mark and is 10-15 overall.
Double-double machine Stephen Lumpkins leads American in scoring (15.0) and rebounding (9.7). He has 12 double-doubles on the season, trailing just Bucknell's Mike Muscala in that category. John Schoof is one of the league's most improved players, averaging 10.0 ppg, while Munoz contributes 10.4 ppg and 3.6 apg.
Navy head coach Ed DeChellis (Penn State, 1982) is in his second year at Navy, owning a 10-45 record in Annapolis. He has undertaken massive rebuilding projects at East Tennessee State, Penn State and now Navy, owning a 229-276 career record in his 17th season as a collegiate head coach.
Jeff Jones (Virginia, 1982) is in his 13th year at American, owning a 212-187 record with the Eagles. Prior to American, he was the head coach at Virginia for eight years. Jones led the Eagles to the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Tournaments, and AU has never finished lower than fourth in the league under Jones.
What to Watch For
1) American is 10-4 when scoring 60+ pts; 0-11 when 0-59 pts.
2) American forces 9.4 turnovers / game; Navy avg. 11.4 TOs.
3) Navy is avg. 77.3 ppg in 4 wins vs. AU (PL era); 59.3 in losses.
4) Opponents shoot 39.6 pct. from 3 vs. AU; Navy 4-16 1st mtg.
5) In last 6 games vs. Navy, Lumpkins avg. 15.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg.
# GO NAVY #