Navy (3-6 overall; 0-1 since last update)
The Midshipmen played only one game in the past week and suffered a 107-81 loss to one of the Atlantic Sun Conference’s best teams, Lipscomb. Lipscomb already has a few notable wins under their belt, most strikingly a nine-point win over then 18th ranked TCU. The Bisons shot an impressive 64% from the field as they had little problems moving the ball and ultimately tallied a season-high 25 team assists in the contest. Navy was led by John Carter Jr.’s 17-point performance which is a new game-high for the freshman’s short, but promising looking career. Carter is now averaging over 12 points per game in his last three appearances and was recently named Patriot League Rookie of the Week (Dec 10).
NET Rank (as of 12/5): 262
Games this week: Next contest is 12/21 at George Mason on ESPN+.
Team Leaders: PPG - Cam Davis 11.4; RPG - Carter, Jr. 5.8; APG – Hasan Abdullah 3.7; SPG - Abdullah 1.6
Air Force (4-6 overall; 0-1 since last update)
Air Force and Army fought for the coveted Ike Award point on the same day as the Army-Navy football game and it was the Black Knights that found themselves victorious in both battles. The Falcons jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead but failed to match Army’s offensive production in the second half. Air Force was led by Lavelle Scottie’s double-double which was comprised of 17 points and 15 rebounds.
NET Rank: 237
Games this week: Next contest is 12/22 at 5th ranked Michigan on BTN.
Team Leaders: PPG – Ryan Swan 12.0; RPG – Scottie 5.7; APG – Sid Tomes 2.8
Army (5-7 overall; 1-1 since last update)
The Black Knights defeated service academy rival, Air Force, 66-61 on Saturday. Army was facing a 4% ESPN win probability at the break before outscoring Air Force in the second-half 43-21 for a comeback for the ages. West Point had three players contribute double digit point totals in the game; Alex King - 10, Lonnie Grayson – 11, and Tommy Funk with 14. The Black Knights followed up that impressive comeback performance with a 93-84 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson. King and Matt Wilson combined for 36 points in the non-conference tilt. With the win over the Black Knights, Fairleigh Dickinson improved to 1-2 against Patriot League competition (previous losses vs. Lafayette and Holy Cross).
NET Rank: 242 (prior to their loss against Farleigh Dickinson)
Games this week: Next contest is 12/22 vs. Niagara.
Team Leaders: PPG - Wilson 14.7; RPG - Wilson 7.9; APG - Funk 6.4; SPG – Josh Caldwell 1.4