Navy Notables – 11/26/14

You all have read how Mike and I loved the Veterans Classic.  Tonight, you can go behind the scenes with CBS Sports when they air “Hoops Confidential: Veterans Classic” at 9pm on CBSSN.  The half-hour long show follows VCU, Tennessee, and Michigan State players and coaches as they get a look at the Yard and what going to a service academy entails.  Additionally, Edward Alade (this blogger’s favorite player on the team thus far) was followed to provide a look at a typical day.  As Mike said yesterday, the Veterans Classic is just the gift that keeps on giving.  For those who miss it, fret not.  It will re-air on Thanksgiving night at 11:30pm and on Friday morning at 11:30am.

Yesterday we talked about the Navy men’s lacrosse schedule for 2014.  Today it’s the women’s turn.  A 17-game slate was announced, including games at powerhouses Virginia and Duke in addition to 7 other road games.  The Cavs and Devils finished 2014 ranked 10th and 11th, respectively as Duke reached the NCAA quarterfinals and Virginia made it to the Final Four.  The ladies didn’t win the Patriot League title for the first time in 5 years in 2014 after being knocked out in the semis by Boston University (revenge is set for March 21st in Boston).

Navy women’s basketball defeated George Mason last night in Alumni Hall, 84-79.  As the team’s SID Justin Kischefsky pointed out, that was the 2nd highest point total in regulation for a Stefanie Pemper coached Navy squad.  Navy held a 6 point lead at the half and went on an early run in the 2nd to open up a lead that got as big as 18 with under 8 minutes to go.  The Patriots made a furious rally, but were never able to get closer than 4 points with 24 seconds to go.  The Midshipmen were 11-of-28 from three, which proved to be the difference as the Patriots held the edge in rebounds, 2nd chance points, free throws made, and turnovers.

Quick Hits:

  • Navy Men’s basketball returns home tonight to face Penn State Harrisburg.  Tip is at 7pm and is available for viewing on patriotleague.tv.
  • 4/C Josh Hughes of the Squash team was named the NAAA Athlete of the Week.  His 5-game win in the 5th position helped the team defeat #10 Princeton for the first time since 1985, a string of 19 defeats.
  • The Akerson Tower club level at NMCMS is on schedule to be finished by the end of the year.  The two hospitality suites will be used outside of football to host receptions and other functions.
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