Navy-Colgate basketball notes

The Navy Midshipmen hope to improve on an 11-10 season record when they host 6-13 Colgate on Saturday. Inside are game notes and a promotional lineup for the game.

COLGATE 6-13 (1-5 PL) at NAVY 11-10 (1-5 PL)

January 27, 2007; 3:30 pm (EST)
Alumni Hall (5,710); Annapolis, Md.
VIDEO STREAMING: (Navy All-Access Users), (Patriot League All-Access Users)
SIRIUS (Channel 107)


Midshipmen Sponsor Day -- Sponsor families of Midshipmen will receive two (2) free tickets with pre-registration. Call 1-800-US4-NAVY to reserve your tickets and to purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate.

Mascot Mayhem -- Enjoy a day of fun with Bill the Goat and all his friends as they entertain all those in attendance with their antics.

Scout Day -- All Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and family members can purchase $3 tickets for day. In addition the first 200 scouts will receive a Navy Basketball Scout Day Patch.

Youth Game Room Center -- The Bo Coppedge room has been converted into a youth game room center featuring basketball shot games and carnival games with prizes. There is no cost to play any of the games and is available to all fans who attend the game. The opperating times of the room are noon to 1:00 pm, halftime of the women's game and intermission between men's and women's game. • Billy The Kid Club -- Members of the Billy the Kid Club have been invited to attend the game and participate in all activities. Kid's club members can attend for free and will receive a Chick-fil-A sandwich.

Mids Return Home To Wrap Up First Half Of Patriot League Play Against Colgate Navy returns home for a much-needed game in Alumni Hall on Saturday as the Mids battle Colgate in Navy's first home game in 14 days. The Mids enter the contest with an 11-10 overall record, but are 1-5 in the Patriot League. Navy wrapped up a season-long three-game roadtrip on Wednesday night with a hard-fought 55-46 setback at American. The Mids ended the roadtrip 0-3 and averaged just 46.0 ppg in the three losses.

Colgate comes to Alumni Hall with a 6-13 overall record and is also 1-5 in the Patriot League. The two teams are currently tied for seventh place in the league, but with fourth-place Army playing at preseason pick Bucknell on Saturday, the winner of Saturday's contest will likely find themselves just one game back in the hunt for the fourth and final home playoff spot. Saturday's competition marks the end of the first go-around in the Patriot League.

After opening Patriot League with a 73-71 overtime win at home against Army, the Raiders have dropped five in a row. They did, however, give league-leader Holy Cross its toughest game of the league season, a 58-55 decision in Hamilton. The Raiders are being outscored by an average of 7.3 ppg in league play and has lost their five games by a combined 46 points. Against the Crusaders, Jon Simon scored 22 points, but no other player scored more than eight points. Colgate hurt itself with 16 turnovers, but held the lead for most of the game.

Simon leads Colgate with a 13.3 ppg average, but he is averaging 16.8 in league play, while shooting almost 50 percent from long distance in league play. Kendall Chones is the only other Raider in double figures, averaging 10.8 ppg and 4.0 rpg, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. As a team, Colgate is scoring 58.3 ppg (56.0 PL), while giving up 62.9 ppg (63.3 PL). The Raiders are shooting just 40.3 percent from the field and just 29.3 from long distance. Foes are shooting almost 44 percent from the field against Colgate, with the percentage increasing to 47.6 percent in Patriot League play.

Navy, meanwhile, continued its offensive struggles on Wednesday. One game after shooting a season-low 28.6 percent in a three-point loss at Army, the Mids connected on just 30.4 percent from the floor in a 55-46 loss on Wednesday to American. Navy is now shooting just 34.4 percent from the field in Patriot League play, averaging 51.7 ppg in its six league games. Navy's defense has kept it in every game this year, as the Mids are holding foes to just 60.5 ppg, which if the season ended today, would be the third-lowest total in school history. Top Stories