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Loyola’s season ends at hands of ECU in CIT

Posted on 26 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Season Ends In 70-58 Loss At East Carolina


GREENVILLE, N.C. – Loyola University Maryland did not score for a stretch of nearly six minutes in the second half, enabling host East Carolina University to turn a one-point deficit into an eight-point lead, and the Pirates dealt the Greyhounds a 70-58, loss in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The loss ends the Greyhounds season with a 23-12 record, the second-most wins in school Division I history. Five Loyola players – graduate students Erik Etherly and Anthony Winbush and seniors Julius Brooks, Robert Olson and Luke Wandrusch – played their final games for the Greyhounds, but they finish their careers as the senior class with the most wins in the program’s Division I history (75).

Loyola, which won 24 games a year ago, also competed in the postseason for the second year in a row, another Division I first.

East Carolina (21-12) scored the first eight points of the game, but Loyola responded with nine in a row to take the lead on a Dylon Cormier layup less than five minutes in.

The Pirates retook the lead on a Ty Armstrong jumper the next time down the court, but after two tie scores, Cormier put Loyola up 19-17 with 7:16 on the clock.

R.J. Williams scored Loyola’s next five points on a pair of free throws and a three from the top of the perimeter, and Loyola was up five, 24-19, with 4:37 on the first-half clock. An Olson jumper pushed the lad to seven, but East Carolina would pare it back to four with 3:21 left.

Kemp, who went 6-of-10 from the free-throw line in the first half and 9-of-13 in the game, made 1-of-2 in consecutive trips for the Pirates before an Etherly jumper pushed Loyola back up seven with 2:21 on the clock.

Loyola had held without a field goal since the 9:17 mark until Paris Campbell hit a three at 1:29 to get the Pirates back within four. Campbell wasn’t done, hitting another three on East Carolina’s next possession to make it a 30-29 Loyola lead with under a minute on the clock.

Brooks made a short hook-shot with less than 30 seconds left, but Kemp scored on a dunk and was fouled with just over a second left before the break, and he hit the free throw to send the teams to the locker room tied at 32-32.

Cormier scored twice, and Winbush added a jumper in the first 90 seconds of the second half, giving Loyola a six-point lead and forcing an East Carolina timeout.

The Pirates went on a 7-0 run that gave them the lead, 39-38, on the backend of two free throws by Armstrong.

Loyola went back up on a Brooks putback at 16:16, but three Miguel Paul free throws 14 seconds back on top. An Olson jumper at 12:26 gave the Greyhounds a 45-44 advantage, but it would be their last of the game.

East Carolina scored the next nine points and held Loyola without a point until Olson scored again, this time on a layup, at 6:39.

Kemp led all players with 20 points, and Robert Sampson had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Cromier paced the Greyhounds with 12 points and eight rebounds; Olson added 11, and Winbush scored 10.

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Loyola continues CIT run Tuesday at ECU

Posted on 25 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent East Carolina Pirates | CIT Quarterfinals
Date Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Greenville, N.C. | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
TV | Radio CollegeInsider.com | Hounds Unleashed
Series Record First Meeting
Last Meeting First Meeting

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will hit the road for its next game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The Greyhounds will face East Carolina University in the CIT Quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m., in Greenville, N.C.


Postseason Firsts

Last Tuesday’s first-round game against Boston University marked the first time in Loyola’s Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have played in the postseason in consecutive seasons after making the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

It was also be the first Division I men’s basketball postseason game to be hosted on the Evergreen Campus and the Greyhounds first Division I postseason win.

Loyola’s berth in the CIT was also its first in the five-year history of the event.


Watch Or Listen

CollegeInsider.com will carry East Carolina’s broadcast of the game live and free of charge on its website.

Fans can also listen to the action on LoyolaGreyhounds.com where Jim Chivers will handle play-by-play duties.


CIT Information

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament made its debut in 2009 as a 16-team tournament that included schools from mid-major conferences. In 2011, the tournament expanded to 24 teams, and it grew again this year to 32.

Semifinals play will begin Friday, March 29, and the Championship Game will be played Tuesday, April 2.


Series History

Loyola and East Carolina will meet for the first time on the basketball court when the teams take the court Tuesday night.

The Greyhounds are 0-7 all-time against current members of Conference USA, although Memphis is the only team the Greyhounds have played since joining Division I in 1981-1982.

Earlier this season, the Greyhounds played at C-USA Champion Memphis and were within a point with just over 11 minutes to play, but the Tigers pulled away for a 78-64 win.


Last Time Out

Erik Etherly recorded a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, making 17-of-19 from the free-throw line, and Loyola defeated Kent State, 73-59, in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The Greyhounds shot 87.9-percent from the charity stripe, making 29-of-33 foul shots against the Golden Flashes.

Loyola never trailed in the game that was tied just twice in the first four minutes of action. The Greyhounds went up by nine early in the first half before Kent State pulled within six, 31-25, at halftime.

The Greyhounds then expanded their advantage to as many as 15 with less than seven minutes to play.


Postseason History

This year’s bid to the CIT marks the first time in Loyola men’s basketball’s NCAA Division I history (since 1981-1982) that the Greyhounds have gone to the postseason (defined as competition following the designated conference tournament) in back-to-back years.

It is just the third time overall in school history that the program has achieved consecutive postseason appearances.

The Emil ‘Lefty’ Reitz-coached teams in 1946-1947, 1947-1948 and 1948-1949 advanced to the NAIA Division I Championships, and the final squad during that period also went 3-1 in the 1949 National Catholic Intercollegiate Tournament.

Two years later, Reitz’s teams had a two-year stretch of postseason competition, playing in the National Catholic Championship following the 1951-1952 season before going 1-1 in the NAIA Division I Championships at the end of 1952-1953.

At the Division I level, Loyola has played in the 1994 and 2012 NCAA Tournaments.

All told, the Greyhounds are 7-8 in postseason play entering the game against the Pirates.

The win over Boston University on Tuesday was Loyola’s first in Division I postseason history.


Charity Stripe Keeps Giving

Loyola hit a season-high 29 free throws on Sunday afternoon against Kent State, scoring nearly 40-percent of its points from the charity stripe.

The Greyhounds needed just 33 attempts at the line to make the 29 shots, the third-most free throws Loyola has attempted this season, behind the 41 it took in double-overtime at Niagara and 34 it attempted versus Fairfield.

Loyola’s 87.9-percent clip from the free-throw line was it second best of the year. The Greyhounds made 15-of-17 (88.2-percent) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Quarterfinals against Manhattan.

Entering the Kent State game, Loyola was averaging 22.4 free throws attempted while making 68.3-perecnt at the stripe.


Etherly Leads Way At The Line

Erik Etherly entered the CIT Second Round game as a 65.3-percent free-throw shooter, but the graduate student forward led the way for the Greyhounds at the stripe against Kent State.

Etherly made 17-of-19 free throws en route to scoring 27 points against the Golden Flashes.

His 17 free throws made are tied for second-most in school single-game history, behind only Jamal Barney’s 18 against NJIT in January 2009.

Of the four players who have made 17 or more free throws in a game – Barney, Etherly, Rodney Floyd (17 versus Mount St. Mary’s in 1973) and Maurice Hicks (17 versus Robert Morris in December 1983) – Etherly’s came in the fewest amount of attempts.


Double-Double Performance

In addition to his near-record-setting performance at the free-throw line, Erik Etherly recorded his third double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 rebounds, both game-highs, against Kent State. The double-double was the 16th of Etherly’s career.

Etherly also led all players with four assists in 32 minutes played. The game was his 11th of the year with 20 or more points.


Cormier On Top Of Game, Too

Dylon Cormier, who along with Erik Etherly was named to the All-MAAC First Team, scored 18 points in the second round for the Greyhounds, following his 16-point performance on Tuesday against Boston University.

Cormier made 5-of-12 shots from the field and 7-of-9 free throws, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists.


Defense Does The Job

Loyola’s defense held Kent State to a 27.6-percent clip from the field (16-of-58) on Sunday, the lowest field-goal percentage a Loyola opponent has put up this season.

It was also the Golden Flashes’ lowest field-goal percentage since December 20, 2001, when they shot 26.1-percent in a 62-56 loss at Xavier. It was also more than 10 years since the last time Kent State shot below 30-percent from the field (February 25, 2003, at Marshall).

Loyola blocked six shots in the game, led by a career-high tying four by Jordan Latham.


Winbush Does The Little Things, Again And Again

In the postgame press conference after the Kent State game, Jimmy Patsos credited the all-around game of Anthony Winbush. Patsos is fond of saying, “we don’t know what he does, but he does everything,” and the ‘everything’ portion of Winbush’s game came primarily on the defense end Sunday.

He scored just five points, had five rebounds, a block and steal, but he was the primary defender on Kent State’s Chris Evans.

Evans entered the game averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, and he has been mentioned by many as a potential NBA second round draft pick. Against Loyola, however, Evans finished with 13 points and four rebounds, but eight of his points came from the free-throw line. He was just 2-of-11 from the field and had only one offensive board.


Onyiuke On The Board

Late in the game, walk-on forward Chido Onyiuke drove down the lane and was fouled, sending him to the free-throw line for the first time in his three-year career.

Onyiuke made both foul shots for the first points of his tenure with the Greyhounds.


Comeback Trail

Loyola trailed Boston University, 45-30 with just under 16 minutes to play in regulation last Tuesday, but from that point forward, Loyola shot 61.1-percent from the field (11-of-21), and all but one of the Greyhounds’ baskets were assisted.

Defensively, Loyola forced seven Terriers’ turnovers, four coming by way of Greyhounds steals. Boston University made just seven of its last 18 shots and five of its final 15.

During that run, Loyola knocked down 6-of-8 3-point attempts, while the Terriers converted on just 2-of-8 from behind the arc.

Loyola outrebounded Boston University, 14-7, in the final 16 minutes, and Loyola shot 15 free throws (making 12), while the Terriers missed their only attempt from the stripe during the span.

During that run, Dylon Cormier scored 16 points, Robert Olson had seven, and Anthony Winbush added six.

Erik Etherly pulled down six of his game-high nine rebounds during the stretch, while R.J. Williams (four) and Winbush (three) combined for seven of the Greyhounds’ 10 assists.


Cormier’s Last 11 Minutes

Dylon Cormier did not score for the first 29 minutes of last Tuesday’s game, missing all five of his shots as Loyola trailed by as many as 15 points.

However, he hit 4-of-5 shots from the field and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line in the final 11 minutes and finished with 16 in the seven-point victory.

He made all three of his attempts from 3-point range during the run, and a fourth was initially ruled a three before being reversed to a two on replay. Entering the game, Cormier had made three treys in a game just once this season, at Siena All four of Cormier’s field goals in the final 11 minutes were assisted, three by R.J. Williams and one by Anthony Winbush.


Olson’s Shooting Keeps Greyhounds Close

Robert Olson matched Dylon Cormier’s 16 points last Tuesday night against Boston University, and while Cormier scored all 16 of his points in the final 11 minutes, it was Olson’s nine first-half points that helped the Greyhounds stay within five points at the break.

The senior guard scored all nine of his first-half points on three from behind the arc, and he also led Loyola at the break with five rebounds.

In the second half, Olson knocked down two more 3-pointers, and he also had three assists and a steal in the second half.


Olson Sets Games Played Record

When he took the floor to start the CIT First Round game on Tuesday, Robert Olson became Loyola’s all-time games played leader. Entering the East Carolina contest, Olson has seen action in 126 games for Loyola, two more than previous record-holder Brian Rudolph (2007-2011). Rudolph and Olson played in 59 games together from 2009-2010. Meanwhile, Anthony Winbush is third in games played with 122, going into the East Carolina game.

He also set the single-season games played record against Kent State, appearing in his 34 of the year.

Throughout his four years at Loyola, Olson has missed just one game (at New Hampshire in November 2012).

Olson has played in all 33 games this season – the only Loyola player to do so – and with one more game played, he will also set the school single-season record.

Including Loyola’s win against Boston University, Olson has been a part of more victories (74) than any other Greyhound.

In the game at Iona, Robert Olson became the 22nd player in school history to score more than 1,200 points in his career. He is now 19th all-time at Loyola with 1,243 career points and is nine away from tying Aubrey Reveley (1983-1987) for 18th.

Elsewhere on the Loyola career charts, Olson is second in 3-pointers made (209) behind only Marquis Sullivan’s 281. He is also 21st in field-goals made (420), second in 3-pointers attempted (548), 16th in assists (231) and seventh in steals (118).


All-MAAC Honors

Dylon Cormier and Erik Ethelry became the first pair of Loyola men’s basketball teammates to earn All-MAAC First Team honors in the same season.

Etherly earned the honors for the second year in a row after averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the regular-season.

He also blocked 27 shots and recorded 39 steals in 26 games. Etherly led the Greyhounds in scoring 11 times and has tallied 10 or more on 23 occasions, 20 or more 11 times.

Cormier has led the Greyhounds in scoring all season and enters the CIT first round with a 16.5 points per game average. He has scored in double digits in 28 of the 31 games he’s played this season and led the team in scoring 14 times.

In addition to his scoring, Cormier leads the team in total assists (77) and is second in the MAAC in both total steals (58) and steals per game (1.8).


Etherly Over The Last Seven Of The Regular Season

Erik Etherly’s 30-point effort in the regular-season against the Jaspers gave the graduate student five games of 22 or more points in Loyola’s last seven outings and three-straight  with 23 or more.

He scored 25 versus Siena on February 8, 22 at Marist two days later, 26 at Tennessee State on February 23 and 23 last Friday night at Iona..

During that seven-game stretch, in which Etherly also scored nine at home versus Canisius and 11 at Siena, he is averaging a team-best 20.9 points. He is shooting 55.4-percent from the field during those games.



Three In The 20s

Three Loyola players scored 20 or more points on March 1 at Iona as Erik Etherly and Robert Olson both posted 23, and Anthony Winbush finished with 20.

It marked the first time in Jimmy Patsos’ nine years as Loyola head coach that the Greyhounds have seen three players reach 20 in the same game. The last time Loyola accomplished the feat was on February 16, 2002, when Donovan Thomas scored 27, B.J. Davis had 21 and Lucious Jordan added 20 in an 88-78 win at Saint Peter’s.


Olson’s Last Thirteen

Robert Olson has been the Greyhounds’ second leading scorer over the last 13 games (behind Etherly’s 16.8), averaging 15.2 points per game during that stretch. He has scored in double figures in 11 of the 13 games, has four games of 20 or more and five with better than 17.

During the run, in which Loyola is 9-4, Olson has shot 40.0-percent from the field and 39.4-percent from 3-point range. Those numbers represent improvements over the 37.8-percent from the field and 28.3-percent from 3-point range he shot in Loyola’s first 21 games.

Olson has made two or more 3-pointers in all but one of those games, and he has connected on four or more in five of the 12 games.

His stretch has raised his scoring average from 11.3 through 21 games to 12.8 entering the CIT Quarterfinals.


20-Win Season

The February 23 victory at Tennessee State was the Greyhounds’ 20th of the 2012-2013 season, marking the second time in as many years Loyola has reached the 20-win plateau. It is the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school Division I history (since 1981-1982) and just the fifth overall.

Loyola previously put three-straight 20-win seasons together from 1946-1949 under the direction of head coach Emil “Lefty” Reitz.


More Than 60 Years

The last time the Loyola men’s basketball program won 20 games in back-to-back seasons, 1948-1949, the following things were going on in the world, 63 years ago:

Harry Truman began his first full term as President of the United States.

Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman premiered on Broadway.

The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to form the NBA.

The first jet-powered airliner, the de Havilland Comet, took flight.


Hit On 70

With their win over Kent State the Greyhounds are 10-3 this season when scoring 70 or more points in a game. Their only losses when scoring that many or more came at home against Iona and at Canisius and Iona.

Over the last two seasons, Loyola is now 19-4 when it scores 70 or more. Its only loss of that kind in 2011-2012 was in an 83-79 defeat at Rider.


Record-Tying Defense

The 41 points Loyola yielded at Manhattan tied the Greyhounds’ Division I record for fewest points allowed in a game. Loyola, which joined Division I in 1981-1982, allowed 41 points on two other occasions, a 43-41 win over Marist College on February 23, 1984, and a 58-41 victory at Dartmouth on November 24, 2009.

The 14 field goals by Manhattan were the fewest yielded by a Jimmy Patsos-coached Loyola team.


Opponents Under 50

The Manhattan game was the third time this season Loyola has held an opponent to fewer than 50 points. The Greyhounds did so in the November 9 season-opener against Binghamton (45) and on November 17 against Norfolk State (49).

Loyola twice held opponents to sub-50 performances last season: February 3, 2012, against Rider (46) and March 5 versus Fairfield (44) in the MAAC Championship Game.


Cormier, Etherly Score 1,000th Points

On Monday night at Fairfield, Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the 33rd and 34th players in Loyola men’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as Greyhounds, and they did so in the same game, a feat never before accomplished at Loyola.

Etherly scored his 1,000th on a layup just 15 seconds into the second half at Fairfield, and Cormier followed suit on a 3-pointer from the left corner 8:07 later.


1,000 Points In the Same Game

Prior to the Fairfield game, through unofficial research, the last time a school had two players reach 1,000 points in the same game was nearly five years ago when Fernandez Lockett and Todd Babington of Austin Peay hit the plateau on March 7, 2008

However, it took just 24 hours for it to happen again as North Carolina State’s Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown got to 1,000 in the Wolfpack’s 86-84 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday night.


And Olson Makes It Three

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier were not the first Loyola players to score 1,000 in a career this season. Robert Olson reached the mark on January 6 against Saint Peter’s.

It is the first time in Loyola’s 103 seasons of men’s basketball that the program has had three players with 1,000 career points at the same time.


Holding Opponents Under 60

The Greyhounds limited Kent State to 59 points, the 15th time this season they have held an opponent to 59 or fewer on the scoreboard. Loyola has won all but one of those games. Including the 2011-2012 season, Loyola has held opponents to 59 or fewer 24 times, going 23-1 in the games.


Cormier Getting To The Line

Through 33 games played this season, Dylon Cormier has shot 229 free throws, an average of 6.9 per game. He has made 73.9-percent of those shots, a total of 170.

His 170 made are fifth-most in Loyola single-season history, and his 330 career free-throws made are 11th most in program history.


Guards To The Boards

Dylon Cormier and Robert Olson, Loyola’s starting guards, are tied for third on the team in rebounding this season with both averaging 4.5 per game.

Olson has pulled down five or more boards 17 times this year, and Cormier has reached or exceeded that total 13 times.


Winning Combinations

Loyola is now 13-1 when it shoots 45-percent or better in a game, and the Greyhounds are now 17-3 when scoring 65 or more points this season.  Loyola is also 14-1 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.


High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2002-2005.


Century Mark

Head Coach Jimmy Patsos became the third coach in Loyola history to win 100 games when the Greyhounds defeated UMBC, 73-63, on the road last season. Patsos, who is now in his ninth season, took over a team that finished 1-27 during the 2002-2003 season. He won his 100th game in his 215th career game.

Last season, Patsos moved into third-place all time at Loyola in victories, trailing only Lefty Reitz (349 wins, 1937-44, 1945-61) and Nap Doherty (165, 1961-74).

Loyola All-Time Coaching Wins List
1. 349 Lefty Reitz 1937-1944, 1945-1961
2. 165 Nap Doherty 1961-1974
3. 145 Jimmy Patsos 2004-present
4. 85 Mark Amatucci 1982-1989
5. 72 Gary Dicovitsky 1976-1981



Baltimore Bred And More From Nearby

Since taking over as head coach in 2004, Jimmy Patsos has put an emphasis on recruiting locally, and it has never shown as much as on this year’s roster. Four players – junior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons), junior forward Jordan Latham (City) and sophomore guard R.J. Williams and freshman forward Josh Forney (St. Frances) are products of schools within the city limits.

Six more players played in high school within 50 miles of Loyola, as the crow flies (thanks daftlogic.com): Jarred Jones, John Carroll, 20.5; Tyler Hubbard, Montrose Christian, 32.6 miles; Robert Olson, Georgetown Prep, 33.9; Anthony Winbush, T.C. Williams, 43.7; and Erik Etherly, Annandale, 47.9.

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Navy aims to extend win streak Saturday at ECU

Posted on 26 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Game 8 Navy (4-3) at East Carolina (5-3)
Date and Kickoff Oct. 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm ET
Location Greenville, N.C. | Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (50,000)
Television Fox College Sports
TV Talent Adam Alexander (play-by-play), Gary Reasons (analyst), Leslie McCaslin (sideline)

Setting the Stage
• Navy and East Carolina will meet on the gridiron for the fourth time when they square off Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (50,000).  Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.
• East Carolina won last year’s game in a thriller, 38-35, on Homecoming in Annapolis. Back-up quarterback Trey Miller came off the bench to throw 59 and 37-yard touchdown passes to give Navy a 35-31 lead, but ECU won the game on a three-yard touchdown run by Reggie Bullock with 2:14 left to play.
• Navy’s last trip to Greenville resulted in a 76-35 victory over East Carolina on Nov. 6, 2010.
• Navy enters the weekend having won three consecutive games overall and two straight on the road.  The last time Navy won four in a row came at the end of the 2010 season when the Mids won at East Carolina, beat Central Michigan and Arkansas State at home and then beat Army in Philadelphia.  Navy last won three straight road games in 2009 when the Mids won at Wake Forest, at Air Force and at Northern Illinois.
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports with Adam Alexander, Gary Reasons and Leslie McCaslin calling the action.

Scouting East Carolina
• The Pirates are 5-3 on the year with victories over Appalachian State (35-13), Southern Miss (24-14), UTEP (28-18), Memphis (41-7) and UAB (42-35). The Pirates have lost to South Carolina (48-10), North Carolina (27-6) and UCF (40-20).
• Quarterback Shane Carden has completed 141 of his 219 passes for 1,685 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
• Carden’s favorite target is wide receiver Justin Hardy, who has 51 catches for 749 yards and eight touchdowns.  Hardy is tied for 18th in the country in receiving yards per game (93.6).
• Running back Vintavious Cooper is the leading rusher with 630 yards on 111 carries with three touchdowns.
• The defense is led by Jeremy Grove, who has 55 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.  Damon Magazu has recorded 48 tackles and two pass break-ups.
• ECU ranks 103rd in the country in rushing offense (117.5), 41st in passing offense (265.0), 78th in total offense (382.5) and 77th in scoring offense (25.8).
• The Pirates rank 32nd in rush defense (123.1), 102nd in pass defense (269.5), 61st in total defense (392.6) and 56th in scoring defense (25.3).

The Last Time … 
East Carolina 38, Navy 35    OCT. 22, 2011 | ANNAPOLIS, MD.
• East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis completed 40 of his 45 pass attempts for 372 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Pirates to a 38-35 victory over Navy in front of 34,612 fans at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Homecoming.
• Davis completed an NCAA-record 26-consecutive passes to start the game as the Pirates built a 17-7 halftime advantage thanks to touchdown passes of three yards to Lance Lewis and 10 yards to Michael Bowman.
• The Mids lost starting quarterback Kriss Proctor to an injured left elbow midway through the second quarter when he was hit late by East Carolina’s Matt Milner.  Proctor was replaced by sophomore Trey Miller, who moved the ball down to the ECU 38-yard line before fumbling the snap and East Carolina’s Michael Brooks recovered it.  ECU would score a touchdown on the ensuing series.
• Navy’s Marcus Thomas returned the second half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to cut the ECU lead to 17-14.  It was Navy’s first kickoff return for a TD since Reggie Campbell returned one against Army in 2007.  Meanwhile, it was the fourth-longest return in school history.
• After the Pirates answered with a one-yard touchdown run by Reggie Bullock, the Mids cut the lead to three again when Alexander Teich took the toss from Miller and scored from the one to make the score 24-21.
• Bullock, however, would answer again for East Carolina, this time scoring on a 13-yard run with 14:53 left in the game.
• Navy would come right back and make it 31-28 when Miller hit Brandon Turner with a 59-yard touchdown pass.  The Mids took their first lead of the game since going up 7-0 when Miller threw a strike to Matt Aiken for a 37-yard touchdown pass to give Navy a 35-31 lead with 7:51 left.
• ECU took the ensuing kickoff and marched 77 yards in 15 plays, milking 5:37 off the clock, and took a 38-35 lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Bullock.
• The Mids got the ball back at their own 28 with 2:14 left and Miller quickly went to work.
• On the most controversial call of the game, Miller hit Aiken down the left sideline at the two-yard line on third down. Aiken made a spectacular grab, secured the ball, got two feet down, turned and dove over the goal line.  After breaking the plane, he landed a yard inside the end zone and the ball came loose.  The officials on the field called it an incomplete pass, however Navy challenged the ruling on the field.  The official in the replay booth confirmed the ruling on the field setting up a third-and-10.  Miller hit Aiken over the middle for eight yards with 22 seconds left giving Navy plenty of time to get the field goal team on the field.
• With eight seconds left, the field goal team was in place. Teague got the ball off fast and high, but it clanged off the right goal post, sending the Mids to their fifth-straight loss.

Navy Vs. Conference USA
• Navy is 25-28-1 (.472) all-time against teams currently in Conference USA.
• Navy, Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF are all future members of the BIG EAST.

The Tar Heel State    
• Navy has 12 players from the state of North Carolina on its roster.
• Sophomore corner Eric Johnson (Fayetteville), sophomore quarterback Greg Bryant (Fayetteville), junior wide receiverHayden Maples (Raleigh), freshman corner Myer Krah (Durham), sophomore safety Chris Ferguson (Angier), freshman slot back Jamaal Williams (Durham), junior wide receiver Brantley Horton (Cleveland), sophomore outside linebackerObi Uzoma (Wake Forest), senior defensive end Collin Sturdivant, junior offensive tackle Adam Geuss (Charlotte), senior offensive tackle Andrew Barker (High Point) and senior wide receiver John O’Boyle (Charlotte).

Navy Quick Hitters
• Opening the year against Notre Dame in Dublin and at Penn State was the toughest opening two games in school history.
• In the last 40 years, Navy has started the year with two opponents from BCS conferences just eight times and only twice (2005 and 1982) did the Mids go on to have a winning record.
• Navy has been the dominant Service Academy over the last decade going 18-2 against Army (10-0) and Air Force (8-2), winning seven-consecutive Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies from 2003-09 and going to eight straight bowl games from 2003-10.
• Navy will join the BIG EAST for football only starting in 2015.
• Since 2003, Navy has won 19 games against schools from a BCS conference.  The 19 wins against BCS schools during that time period are the most in the country by a non-BCS school.  Navy’s wins against BCS schools have come against Vanderbilt (`03, `04), Duke (`04, `05, `06, `07), Rutgers (`04, `08), Stanford (`06), Connecticut (`06), Pitt (`07), Notre Dame (`07, `09, `10), Wake Forest (`08, `09, `10), Missouri (`09) and Indiana (`12).
• Navy’s three losses this season (Notre Dame, Penn State and San Jose State) have come at the hands of opponents that are a combined 17-4 (.810) on the year.  Notre Dame (7-0) is currently ranked fifth in the country, while Penn State (5-2) is receiving votes in the AP Poll (it is ineligible for the USA Today/Coaches Poll).  San Jose State (5-2) was receiving votes before being knocked off by Utah State, 49-27, two week ago.
• Navy’s victory over Indiana last Saturday was the Mids’ first over a Big Ten opponent since winning at Illinois in 1979 and the first win over a Big Ten opponent in Annapolis since defeating Purdue in 1926.
• Navy has 12 players from the state of North Carolina on its roster.
• Navy is 25-28-1 (.472) all-time against teams currently in Conference USA.
• Over the last 11 years, Navy has consistently been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, never finishing lower than sixth.  The Mids are currently 13th in the country in rushing (236.7).
• The Navy defense has given up just 79 points over the last five games (20 quarters plus one overtime), allowing three points to VMI, 12 to San Jose State, 21 to Air Force, 13 to Central Michigan and 30 to Indiana. It is the fewest points allowed over a five-game stretch since 2009.
• For the seventh year in a row, the Naval Academy finished in the top five in the country for graduating NCAA student-athletes on the FBS level.  Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in six of the 20 NCAA sports reported.  Overall, 96 percent of Navy’s student-athletes that enrolled from 2000-03 graduated.
• Senior outside linebacker Keegan Wetzel scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and is believed to be the only current FBS player in the country to accomplish such a feat.  He carries a 3.89 GPA in systems engineering and is an Academic All-America candidate and a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year candidate.  Wetzel has also been a force on the field for the Midshipmen, recording 36 tackles, a team-high 8.5 tackles for a loss and a team-high four sacks.  He has also recovered a fumble and broken up a pass.
• Keenan Reynolds is the first freshman to start at quarterback for Navy since Jim Kubiak started five games in 1991 and is just the third freshman in school history to start at quarterback (the other was Alton Grizzard in 1987). Reynolds is 2-0 as a starting quarterback with wins over Central Michigan and Indiana.  Kubiak won just one game as a freshman starter and Grizzard won two.
• Navy has played 12 true freshmen so far this year, which is tied as the ninth most in the country.
• Navy has had 17 players make their first career starts this fall, which is the fourth most in the country.
• Sophomore punter Pablo Beltran is off to a great start in 2012, averaging 45.1 yards per punt (25 punts). He would stand 10th in the country in punting if he qualified (must average 3.1 punts per game).
• Freshman Nick Sloan is one of just 16 true freshman kickers starting in the FBS this year.  He is 7-for-7 on field goals and 17-for-17 on extra-points. He is one of just two kickers in the country that has not missed a kick all year (field goals or extra-points). The other is Jeremy Shelly of No. 1-ranked Alabama.
• Navy owns a 6-3 record all-time in overtime games, winning six of its last seven.
• Navy owns a 79-43 (.648) record over the last 10 years after posting a 3-30 (.091) mark from 2000-02. The 79 wins are tied as the 21st most in the county during that time period.
• Senior guard Josh Cabral and slot back Gee Gee Greene have started 32 consecutive games for the Midshipmen, while senior linebacker Matt Warrick has started 21 in a row and senior safety Tra’ves Bush 17 straight.
• Navy has turned the ball over 12 times this season (nine lost fumbles and three interceptions) after committing just 15 turnovers in 2011 (nine lost fumbles and six interceptions).  The Mids have not turned the ball over in the last three games.
• Navy is 28-4 (.875) under Ken Niumatalolo when scoring first and 8-20 (.286) when the opponent scores first.
• Under Niumatalolo, the Mids are 22-3 (.880) when leading after the first quarter and 14-21 (.400) when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
• Navy owns a 17-7 (.708) record in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo and is 19-17 (.528) away from home.
• Niumatalolo holds Navy coaching records for most wins in the first two seasons (18), three seasons (27) and four seasons (32) of a career.

Defensive Scores    
• Jordan Drake’s 24-yard interception return for a touchdown against Indiana was Navy’s second interception return for a touchdown this year.  Matt Warrick had a seven-yard interception return for a touchdown against VMI in the third game of the season.
• The two defensive scores are the most by a Navy defense in the same season since 2008 when Navy had three defensive touchdowns (Ram Vela interception return against Army, Clint Sovie fumble return against Temple andRashawn King fumble return against Wake Forest).
• It is the first time that Navy has returned two interceptions for a touchdown in the same season since 2004 when David Mahoney (Rutgers) and Josh Smith (Army) turned the trick.

Looking For Four-Straight Wins
• Navy will be looking to win its fourth consecutive game for the first time since the end of the 2010 season when the Midshipmen won four in a row to end the regular season (76-35 over East Carolina, 38-37 over Central Michigan, 35-19 over Arkansas State and 31-17 over Army) .

Keeping The Opponents Off The Scoreboard
• The Navy defense has given up just 79 points over the last five games (20 quarters plus one overtime), allowing three points to VMI, 12 to San Jose State, 21 to Air Force, 13 to Central Michigan and 30 to Indiana.
• It is the fewest points Navy has allowed over a five-game stretch since 2009 when the Mids surrendered a combined 79 points to Notre Dame (21), Delaware (18), Hawai’i (24), Army (3) and Missouri (13).

Navy vs. the BCS / Non-BCS
• Since 2003, Navy has won 19 games against schools from a BCS conference.  The 19 wins against BCS schools during that time period, which have come against 10 different teams, are the most in the country by a non-BCS school.
• Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo has eight wins against teams from a BCS conference since taking over the program at the end of the 2007 season.
• Navy’s 19 wins against BCS schools have come against Vanderbilt (`03, `04), Duke (`04, `05, `06, `07), Rutgers (`04, `08), Stanford (`06), Connecticut (`06), Pitt (`07), Notre Dame (`07, `09, `10), Wake Forest (`08, `09, `10), Missouri (`09) and Indiana (`12).

Freshman Kicker
• Freshman Nick Sloan beat out five other kickers in preseason camp to earn the job as Navy’s kicker on field goals and PATs.  He made his first career field goal attempt from 26 yards against Notre Dame and also made his only PAT attempt.
• He is 7-for-7 on field goals and 17-for-17 on extra-points for the year. He is one of only two kickers in the country that has not missed a kick (extra point or field goal) this fall.  The other is Jeremy Shelly, the starting kicker for No. 1-ranked Alabama.
• Sloan is one of just 16 true freshman kickers starting in the FBS this year.  His 38 points are tied for the ninth most by a freshman this season.
• He is the first freshman to start at kicker for Navy since 1996 when Tim Shubzda started multiple games, including the opener against Rutgers.  Shubzda connected on four-of-six field goal attempts and all six of his PAT’s as a freshman, splitting time with Jason Covarubbias and Tom Vanderhorst.

Close Calls
• Navy lost five games in 2011 by a total of 11 points.  The five losses by eight points or less were tied for the fifth most in the country and cost the Mids a ninth-consecutive bowl game.
• The Mids are 2-0 this year in close encounters, knocking off Air Force by seven in overtime and beating Indiana by one.
• The Mids are 16-13 (.552) under head coach Ken Niumatalolo in games decided by eight points or less.

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