Enjoying its best Patriot League start since the 2000-01 season, Navy puts its five-game win streak on the line on Saturday when it travels to Lafayette for a 1 p.m. game. The Midshipmen (13-4, 2-0) will try to win their first three league games for the first time in 11 years.
Lafayette (5-11, 1-1) comes into the game off a 69-62 victory over Colgate which snapped a three-game losing streak. It was a much needed win for a team that has struggled to find consistency this season – not an unexpected development for a squad with seven freshmen and four sophomores.
Coach Fran O’Hanlon has used five starting lineups this season, and nine players have made at least one start. Senior guard Andrew Brown, the lone senior on the roster, is the only player to start every game. Brown is the team’s leading scorer at 14.3 points per game. Ryan Willen, a 6-foot-8 freshman forward, has come on strong lately. He’s scored in double figures in the last three games, including a 14-point performance against Colgate.
Navy hasn’t been winning games convincingly – its last five victories were by five or fewer points, including Wednesday’s 63-58 win at Lehigh – but the Midshipmen keep figuring out ways to win. They are 8-1 this season in games decided by five or fewer points.
January 16, 2009; 6:08 AM ET
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