Wed., Feb. 24, 2016 • 7:30 P.M. • Washington, D.C. • Bender Arena (3,500)
Navy (18-11, 9-7 PL) at American (9-18, 7-9 PL)
All-Time Record: American leads 44-39
Last Meeting: American 63, Navy 58 — Jan. 27, 2016
Stream — PLN — Dan Laing (PXP), Jeremy Huber (Analyst)
American Game Notes
Navy Game Notes
WASHINGTON — American has won seven of its last 10 games and is looking to bypass Tuesday's first round of the Patriot League Tournament and receive a bye as one of the top six teams into the quarterfinal. However, in order to do that, AU must win out its remaining games of the regular season and get help from around the league.
The final charge to the Patriot League Tournament begins on Wednesday evening, as the Eagles host Navy at 7:30 p.m. Navy currently is tied with Colgate in fourth place, but the Raiders hold the tiebreaker over the Midshipmen.
PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SITUATION
American is sitting tied with Loyola (Md.) for seventh-place with seven league wins heading into Wednesday's contest against Navy. The Greyhounds meet Holy Cross on Wednesday and AU on Saturday.
The Eagles are one behind Army West Point — who own the head-to-head tiebreaker — and two behind Navy and Colgate, who are tied for fourth.
The Eagles are mathematically out of contention for one of the top three spots and can not finish lower than the eighth position.
If American wins its final two games and Navy drops falls to the Eagles and Bucknell, AU could finish as high as fourth, but Army West Point and Colgate must also lose its final two games.
Army West Point met Boston U. on Tuesday evening and will finish with Lehigh on Saturday Colgate entertains Lehigh on Wednesday and finishes out with Lafayette.
HOLY CROSS RECAP
Delante Jones backed in a turnaround layup with 2.3 seconds left in overtime to give the AU a 71-70 win over Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center. The win was AU's second straight overtime victory. Senior Jesse Reed finished with a game-high 18 points but fouled out with 14 seconds left in regulation. Classmate Marko Vasic had 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jones added 12 points in the win and played with four fouls for the entire second half. Junior Charlie Jones once again was a defensive stop-gap for the Eagles and poured in 11 points off the bench in 34 minutes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
American's Delante Jones scored 23 points in his first appearance against Navy on Jan. 27, a 63-58 victory for the Eagles. Jones shot 9-of-14 from the field with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Navy guard Tilman Dunbar led the Midshipmen with 14 points on 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. Dunbar scored 11 points in the second half and kept the Mids in the contest despite AU shooting 12-of-13 from the line in the final 20 minutes.
DJ2 NAMED PL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Delante Jones was selected as the Lids Team Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week after scoring the game-winning basket in overtime to defeat Holy Cross, 71-70, on Sunday. Jones scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the win over the Leopards, and totaled 12 points with three assists and two boards in the victory at Holy Cross. He averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the three games. Jones leads all Patriot League freshmen in scoring both for the season (11.5 ppg) and during league play (13.6 ppg), where he stands 10th overall. This is Jones' second PL Rookie of the Week award this season.
Navy enters tonight's contest 4-6 in its last 10 games and dropped an 80-78 double-overtime decision to Army West Point on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall. The Midshipmen have struggled at home this year, but are 11-2 on the road. The two road deficits are against Bucknell and Holy Cross (overtime). Shawn Anderson led Navy with 20 points against Army, while Jace Hogan and Tilman Dunbar each had 16 points. Hogan grabbed eight rebounds while Dunbar dished out seven assists. Will Kelly posted a double-double against Army West Point with 11 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals.
THE GREAT 8
American has an eight-game home winnings streak over Navy. The last time AU lost to the Midshipmen at Bender Arena was a 77-66 deficit on Jan. 30, 2008.
LAST TIME OUT
Delante Jones led the Eagles with 23 points as American won 63-58 over the Midshipmen on Jan. 27 at Alumni Hall. AU battled back from a sluggish start and led at the break 26-24. AU's defense played a large role in the victory as Andrija Matic had a big block late in the second and then Delante Jones had a steal with one second left to secure the win.
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