College Basketball

Daniel Deaver leads way as Navy men’s basketball ties defensive records in 53-34 victory over Lafayette

Defense has been the calling card of Navy men’s basketball during the 12-year tenure of head coach Ed DeChellis.

The Midshipmen have delivered some impressive defensive efforts over the past decade plus, but what they did Wednesday at Lafayette set a new standard.


Senior forward Daniel Deaver led the way on both ends of the court as Navy beat Lafayette, 53-34, at the Kirby Sports Center. Deaver did it all in totaling 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

Navy forward Daniel Deaver, shown during a Jan. 11 home loss to Lafayette, helped the Midshipmen flip the script in beating Wednesday, tying program defensive records in a win at Lafayette.

Lafayette’s 34 points tied for the fewest allowed by Navy in a Patriot League game. The Leopards were limited to only 11 points in the second half, which also equals a Navy defensive record. The Midshipmen previously accomplished both feats against Holy Cross in February 2018.


“I am really proud of our guys defensively,” DeChellis said. “We did a really good job of taking them out of their offensive sets. Today, we really guarded.”

It was an impressive bounce-back for Navy, which played subpar defense in Saturday’s 73-69 home loss to American. DeChellis was incredulous the Mids allowed the Eagles to shoot 65% from the floor in the second half and gave up a total of 40 points in the paint for the game.

Navy was locked in defensively Wednesday night as Lafayette was harassed into 28% (14-for-49) shooting and 15 turnovers. The Leopards made just 4 of 21 3-point attempts.

“That’s how we have to play. We have to defend and rebound,” DeChellis said. “If we do that, we will then score enough points to win the game.”

Senior swingman Patrick Dorsey totaled 11 points and six rebounds for Navy (12-11, 5-6), which moved back above .500. It was an important win as Lafayette entered the night ahead of the Midshipmen in the conference standings.

Navy is now in a three-way tie for fifth pending tiebreakers with seven conference contests remaining.

Senior guard Sean Yoder had a solid all-around outing for the Mids with eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior forward Tyler Nelson chipped in seven points and four rebounds.

Sophomore center Justin Vander Baan scored a career-high 12 points to lead Lafayette (7-17, 5-6). The Leopards split the regular season series with the Mids, having won 59-50 at Alumni Hall on Jan. 11.


Navy will play on the road for the fifth time in its last seven games when it travels to Worcester, Massachusetts on Saturday to take on Holy Cross.

Navy at Holy Cross

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Stream: ESPN+