March 2, 2015
Patriot League Tournament First Round
#10 Army (15-14, 6-12 PL) at #7 Navy (12-18, 8-10 PL)
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 7:00 PM (ET)
Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall (5,710)
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Radio: 1430 AM / 99.9 FM WNAV and wnav.com
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The seventh-seeded Navy men’s basketball team (12-18, 8-10 PL) will host 10th-seeded Army (15-14, 6-12 PL) in the Patriot League Tournament First Round on Tuesday at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall. The winner of the Army-Navy game will advance to the Patriot League Quarterfinals at second-seeded Colgate on Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Tuesday’s contest will be streamed for free on PatriotLeague.TV and navysports.com. The game will be available on the radio on WNAV 1430 AM / 99.9 FM in Annapolis and on wnav.com. Pete Medhurst and Michael Heary will serve as the broadcast crew. Live statistics will also be available.
Tickets for the Patriot League First Round are $12 for adults and $6 for students and youth. Fans can purchase tickets at the link at the top of this release and at the ticket tab on NavySports.com. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or visiting the Navy Ticket Office in Rickets Hall between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM on Monday and Tuesday.
Fans can also purchase tickets at the Alumni Hall ticket office on game day. The ticket office will open at 5:30 PM on Tuesday.
Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets at the group rate of $5 by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM on Monday and Tuesday.
Navy finished the Patriot League Regular Season in a three-way tie for sixth place at 8-10 with American and Holy Cross.
Navy receives the #7 seed due to the head-to-head tiebreaker between Navy, American and Holy Cross. Navy split the season series with both teams, but American swept Holy Cross.
Senior forward Worth Smith was named to the 2015 All-Patriot League First Team on Monday.
Smith is Navy’s first all-league candidate since 2011 (Jordan Sugars – Second Team) and its first first-team selection since 2010 (Chris Harris).
Navy is coming off a 57-47 win at Loyola on Saturday.
Smith scored 20 points and junior center Will Kelly had 14 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Senior guard Brandon Venturini surpassed the 1,000-point mark against Loyola and classmate Smith also scored his 1,000th-career point earlier this season.
Smith leads Navy with 15.4 points per game, while Venturini is second at 12.4.
Junior guard Tilman Dunbar averages 8.8 points and 3.3 assists.
Kelly led the Patriot League in blocks per game during conference play at 2.2 and also leads the league in overall games at 1.7 blocks per game.
The last Midshipmen to lead the lead in blocks in overall games was Sitapha Savane in 2000.
Head coach Ed DeChellis has continued to take the program to new levels each year.
DeChellis has doubled Navy’s conference win total (8) from last season (4) and the 12 wins overall are the most since 2010.
DeChellis won his 250th career game on Feb. 22 against Holy Cross. DeChellis is in his fourth season at Navy.
Venturini ranks third in school history with 207 career 3-pointers made and he has made at least one 3-pointer in his last 33 games.
Smith has career totals of 1,159 points, 584 rebounds, 106 blocks and 102 steals.
Smith, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson and Wyoming’s Larry Nance are the only three active Division I players in the country with over 1,100 career points, 550 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 steals.
Freshman Shawn Anderson moved into the starting lineup in Navy’s win over Loyola on Saturday. Anderson has scored in double figures in two of Navy’s last three games.
Navy Patriot League Tournament Storylines
Navy is set to make its 24th appearance in the Patriot League Tournament and the Mids have won the championship three times (1994, 1997 and 1998).
Navy is playing as the #7 seed for the fifth time and is playing against the #10 seed for the first time.
Navy is hosting its first Patriot League Tournament game since 2009.
Navy is 9-2 in Patriot League Tournament games in Annapolis.
Navy is 4-1 against Army in the Patriot League Tournament, having defeated Army in the postseason tournament more than any other team.
Navy has lost its last 14 Patriot League Tournament games and has lost its opening tournament game in each of the last 13 years.
Navy’s conference tournament losing streak is the longest in the country.
Army (15-14) is the #10 seed and will play at #7 Navy in the Patriot League First Round.
After going 9-2 during its non-conference slate, Army finished in last place in the Patriot League at 6-12.
Army lost its last two games of the season to Boston U. (63-57) and Lafayette (74-64) and has lost eight of its last nine.
In conference games, junior forward Tanner Plomb is averaged 16.9 points and junior guard Kyle Wilson averaged 15.8.
Plomb ranked second in the league in scoring, while Wilson was fourth.
Plomb was named to the all-league second team and Wilson was named to the third team.
Junior center Kevin Ferguson led the Patriot League in field goal percentage (.617) and averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds.
Plomb scored 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting in the team’s loss to Lafayette on Saturday, while Wilson scored 22 on 9-of-25 shooting.
Army ranked fourth in the league in scoring offense (68.7), but was last in scoring defense (73.3).
Army was the #5 seed in the 2013 Patriot League Tournament and fell to Boston U. in the league semifinals.
Army was picked to finish second in this season’s preseason poll.
Army is coached by Zach Spiker, who is 83-97 in his sixth season at West Point.
Series History vs. Army
Navy leads the all-time series, 75-47, and swept the season series in 2015.
Navy won at Army on Jan. 10, 75-66, and then posted a 67-59 win in Annapolis on Feb. 7 in the Star Game.
Kendall Knorr knocked down 11 free throws in the final three minutes in the game at West Point to finish with 17 points. Venturini (15), Smith (12) and Dunbar (10) all joined Knorr in double figures.
Sophomore Zach Fong had a breakout game with 24 points, filling in for an injured Venturini, in Navy’s Star Game win over Army on Feb. 7 at Alumni Hall. Fong was 9-of-14 from the floor and knocked down five 3-pointers.
Navy is 4-1 all-time against Army in the Patriot League Tournament.
The two teams last met in the postseason in 2001, when Navy defeated Army, 92-73 in the Patriot League Quarterfinals.
The winner of the Army-Navy game will advance to the Patriot League Quarterfinals at #2 Colgate on Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Navy split with Colgate this season, winning in Hamilton, N.Y., 70-69, and falling in Annapolis, 65-53.
The winning team in each game overcame a 15-point deficit. Navy also rallied from 12 down in the final two minutes for its comeback win at Colgate.
The Patriot League Semifinals are Sunday, March 8 and the Patriot League Championship is Wednesday, March 11.
Shuttle / Parking Information
Fans without Department of Defense clearance must park outside of the U.S. Naval Academy grounds. Fans may park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for $5. Buses will run every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 PM and will continue running throughout the game and until 10:00 PM.
The pedestrian entrance at Gate 3 at Maryland Ave. and Hanover St. will also be open for fans to walk on the Yard.