Teams: American (6-12, 1-2 PL) vs. Navy (7-12, 1-2 PL)
Date & Location: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 7 p.m. – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Series: 77th Meeting: American leads 39-37
Last Meeting: W, 69-47 – Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2012)
TV: Comcast SportsNet – Joe Beninati (play-by-play), John Feinstein (analyst)
American looks to get back in the win column with a Patriot League contest against Navy at Bender Arena on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will air live on Comcast SportsNet with Joe Beninati on the call and John Feinstein providing color. Fans can also access the stream online through Patriot League All-Access.
The Eagles and Midshipmen have a long-standing rivalry that dates back to 1929. Navy actually won 12 of the first 13 matchups but American has dominated since the late 80's, winning 22 of the last 26 games, including three-straight. AU leads the all-time series 39-37.
After a hard-fought and close loss to Patriot League favorite Lehigh last Wednesday, American ran into a hot-shooting Holy Cross offense in Worcester, falling to the Crusaders. The Eagles have not lost three-straight conference games since the 2009-10 season.
Senior Stephen Lumpkins continues to pick up his game as the season progresses and now ranks 25th in the nation with 9.6 rpg. His mark is second in the Patriot League while also placing fifth in scoring (14.7 ppg) and third in blocks (1.3 bpg).
Senior point guard Daniel Munoz has picked up his scoring share, averaging 10.3 ppg, while also ranking fourth in the conference in assists (3.5 apg) and second in free throw percentage (.878).
Sophomore John Schoof joins Lumpkins and Munoz in leading the Patriot League in minutes per game. Schoof and Munoz pace the conference with 36.2 mpg, while Lumpkins is third with 34.7. Schoof has also been American's most consistent long-range shooter, ranking second in the league with a .469 percentage from behind the arc. He is also a perfect 24-of-24 from the free throw line this season.
The Eagles head to West Point, N.Y., this weekend, when they take on Army at 3 p.m., on Saturday, January 23. American returns to Bender Arena in its very next contest and face Patriot League-leading Bucknell on Wednesday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets to this game and to all AU home games by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX.
Scouting the Opponent
• After falling in its first two Patriot League contests, Navy picked up a, 59-50, win over Army for its first conference victory. The Midshipmen own a victory over Bryant (69-59) and have tough losses at TCU (47-45) and Mount St. Mary's (72-65).
• Navy is led by rookie point guard Tilman Dunbar. The freshman is the only midshipman to average double digit scoring with 10.5 ppg and also leads the team and the Patriot League with 98 assists.
• Sophomore forward Worth Smith is second on the team with 9.9 ppg and leads Navy with 5.8 rpg. He also has team high with 22 blocks and 21 steals.
• Sophomore guard Brandon Venturini has started every game this season and is third on the team with 9.4 ppg. Rookie guard Kendall Knorr made his first start of the season vs. Army while sophomore Kevin Alter netted 14 points off the bench against the Black Knights.
• Head Coach Ed DeChellis is in his second year at the helm of the Navy program after stints at East Tennessee State and Penn State. The Midshipmen have already more than doubled their win total from last season.