One of the unusual aspects of Navy's Senior Night activities was that there were no senior basketball players to be honored. Each of the team's three senior student mangers were honored prior to the game, walking onto the floor with their parents, and being given a basketball by coach Ed DeChellis. It is safe to say that Navy is going through a youth movement, with two freshmen and two sophomores in their starting five, and only three juniors on the roster. They won't get any older next year, with up to 12 new players joining the team next year. Of course, before the Midshipmen can plan for next year, they had to finish out this year. While they improved their win total from a year ago, when you only win three games, there is plenty of room for improvement. They were able to increase their win total by five, and had one victory in the Patriot League, something that did not happen last season. Even better, the conference win was at Army. When you are Navy, beating Army is always a good thing, and this year's Army team was not exactly stuck in the bottom of the Patriot League. Despite the team's record, over 4,000 people were in attendance at Alumni Hall, making the crowd the largest attendance for an opponent not named Army in the history of the facility. Of course, the opponent probably helped, as plenty of Bucknell fans were in attendance, as did a special Pack the House night promotion, which led to plenty of families enjoying an evening of Patriot League basketball. This was the first of back-to-back meetings for the two teams, as both teams would meet the following Wednesday in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals. There were no surprises during the game. Bucknell had already clinched the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament, and they showed it. The Bison started the game on a 13-2 run, and the lead stretched to 21-9 midway through the first half. Navy battled back to within six points right before the half, but they turned the ball over while holding for one final shot, and Bucknell converted, taking a 33-24 lead into the locker room. The lead stretched to 41-24, and from there, the Bison were able to cost to a 62-46 victory. The most important thing for the Bison is that no one got hurt. For Navy, there is the future to look forward to, and the future looks bright.
Game #9-515: Bucknell Bison at Navy MidshipmenMarch 2, 2013 7:00 pm
BUCKNELL 62, at NAVY 46
BUCKNELL 25-5 (12-2) -- E. Peck 7-17 1-2 19; J. Willman 3-8 3-3 9; B. Johnson 4-6 0-0 12; C. Ayers 5-10 1-2 14; M. Muscala 3-5 3-4 9; S. Kaspar 4-6 0-0 8; R. Frazier 1-5 0-0 3; R. Hill 0-1 0-0 0; B. Fitzpatrick 1-1 0-0 2; D. Hoffman 1-1 0-0 2; B. Brackney 0-3 0-0 0; C. Hass 1-1 1-1 3; C. Starkey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 8-10 62.
NAVY 8-22 (2-12) -- B. Venturini 5-12 0-0 13; W. Smith 5-11 0-0 11; K. Knorr 2-6 0-0 4; T. Dunbar 1-11 0-0 2; W. Kelly 1-3 1-2 3; D. Jackson 4-5 0-0 8; E. McLaurin 0-2 0-0 0; K. Alter 1-2 0-0 3; T. Wynn 0-0 0-0 0; J. Smoot 1-1 0-0 2; B. Wyatt 0-0 0-0 0; J. Alexander 0-2 0-0 0; J. Loupos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-55 1-2 46.
Three-point goals: BUCK 8-14 (B. Johnson 4-6; C. Ayers 3-5; R. Frazier 1-3), NAVY 5-16 (K. Alter 1-2; E. McLaurin 0-1; W. Smith 1-4; B. Venturini 3-6; K. Knorr 0-3); Rebounds: BUCK 31 (J. Willman 10), NAVY 21 (K. Knorr 8); Assists: BUCK 18 (R. Hill 4), NAVY 13 (E. McLaurin 5); Total Fouls -- BUCK 9, NAVY 12; Fouled Out: BUCK-None; NAVY-None.
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