Navy-Lafayette Notes

The Navy Midshipmen hope to pick up their 13th victory of the season on Saturday when they travel to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette.

NAVY (12-12 / 2-7) at LAFAYETTE (8-16 / 2-7)
February 10, 2007; 4:00 pm (EST)
Kirby Sports Center (3,500); Easton, Pa.
TELEVISION: CSTV (Gary Laubach, John Leone and Dan Mowdy)
RADIO: WNAV (1430 AM), WFED (1050 AM) (Bob Socci)
VIDEO STREAMING: www.patriotleague.com, www.navysports.com
GAMETRACKER: www.navysports.com

The Navy men's basketball team looks for its second straight Patriot League road win on Saturday with a nationally-televised tilt against Lafayette, beginning at 4:00 pm (EST) from the Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pa. Navy, which snapped a five-game losing streak overall and an eight-game road losing streak to PL foes with a 70-65 win at Lehigh on Wednesday, enters the contest with a 12-12 overall record and is 2-7 in the Patriot League.

Lafayette enters the contest with a matching 2-7 league record and an 8-16 record overall. The Leopards are coming off a hard-fought 54-51 loss at home to Colgate on Wednesday and have dropped three in a row and six of the last seven. The Leopards boast a balanced lineup, as nine players average at least 4.9 ppg and 10 players average 10 minutes per game. The Leopards are second in the league in scoring (64.9 ppg), but are giving up a Patriot League-worst 72.9 ppg, the most points allowed per game by almost eight points per outing. Foes are shooting 47.8 percent from the field against Lafayette, including 36.9 percent from long distance. On the glass, opponents are outrebounding the Leopards, 34.8 to 26.4 per game.

Individually, leading the Lafayette charge is Matt Betley. The 6-4 junior forward is averaging team bests in points (10.3 ppg) and rebounds (4.2 rpg) and had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the first meeting between the two teams. Sophomore guard Andrew Brown is averaging 9.6 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.3 rpg.

For Navy, the Mids are paced by Greg Sprink's 16.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg. Five other players are averaging at least four points a game and the Mids have had nine players connect on at least eight three-pointers this year.

Both teams are tied for seventh in the league with a 2-7 record, but are just 1.5 games behind the fourth and final home playoff spot.


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