Army Opens League Play At Lafayette

Josh Herbeck has eight three-pointers in the last two games.

Josh Herbeck has eight three-pointers in the last two games.

Jan. 1, 2014

Army vs. Lafayette Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
Army85
Lafayette68
February 13, 2013
Easton, Pa.
Army Posts 85-68 Road Victory Versus Lafayette
For the second time in as many meetings, Army jumped out to a lead of more than 20 points only to see Lafayette cut the deficit to single digits, but just as in the first game, the Black Knights answered and scored an 85-68 win at the Kirby Sports Center Wednesday night.

Date: Jan. 2, 2014
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Easton, Pa.
Venue: Kirby Sports Center
Capacity: 3,500
Series: Lafayette leads, 39-25
Streak: Army W2
The Last Meeting: Army 85, at Lafayette 68 (2/13/13)

ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: None

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Lafayette game. The game can be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play for  Thursday’s game.

Web: Thursday’s game can be viewed live at no charge on The Patriot League Network. The complete PLN schedule and link to view the web stream is located at —
www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league_live. The Army Sports Network audio can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.

ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 4.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 7.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 18.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 7.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 9.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army begins Patriot League play on Thursday at Lafayette. The game was originally scheduled to tip at 7 p.m., but the impending snowstorm set to blanket the Northeast forced the change to a 3 p.m. start.
► The Black Knights won both games against the Leopards last season, its first season sweep of Lafayette since 2009. Army has not won back-to-back road games against the Leopards since 001 and 2002.
► After a 1-6 start, Army ended its non-conference schedule on a high note with a 68-48 win over Coast Guard, the team’s third win in its last four games. The Black Knights have improved both its marksmanship and its defense during its latest run. In the first seven games, Army shot 41.7 percent overall and were just 26.7 percent from distance. The Black Knights allowed opponents to shoot 50.0 percent and gave up 82.0 points per game. Leading scorer Kyle Wilson averaged 15.6 points per game and shot just 11-for-41 (268) from three-point range. In the last four games, Army is shooting 43.3 percent overall and 39.2 percent from deep. The defense is allowing just 64.2 points per game and limiting teams to a 38.5 shooting percentage. In that same span, Wilson is averaging 23.0 points per game and hitting 57.1 percent from three-point range (12-21).
► Wilson enters Patriot League play as Army’s top scorer at 18.3 points per game. He is the third-leading scorer in the conference.
►  Senior Josh Herbeck has found his range in recent outings. The sixth most prolific three-point shooter (173) in Army history started his final campaign 11-for-44 (.250) from deep, but is 11 for his last 23 (.478) from behind the three-point line. Herbeck has buried four three-pointers in each of the last two games. One of Army’s three captains, he has taken just four shots inside the three-point line this season and 451 of his 615 career field goal tries have been from distance (73.3 percent).
► The forward combination of Tanner Plomb and Larry Toomey have increased their offensive output inm recent games. During Army’s latest run of success, the duo has combined to average 13.4 points per game while shooting at a 36.0 percent clip from deep (9-25). The pair combines to play 36.2 minutes per game at the power forward position.
► Sophomore Kevin Ferguson added two more blocked shots to his season total against Coast Guard. His 27 rejections are already fourth on the Army list and just eight shy of his record-setting total from last season. In only 42 career games, he is already fourth on Army’s career ledger (62).

A WIN OVER LAFAYETTE WOULD …
► Be Army’s fourth win in the last five games.
► Be Army’s third straight win over the Leopards, its longest since the final meeting of 2007-08 and the two games during the 2008-09 season.
► Be Army’s sixth win in its last seven Patriot League regular season games.
► Be Army’s fifth win in its last six Patriot League regular season road contests.
► Mark the first time Army won two straight games at the Kirby Sports Center since 2001 and 2002.
► Make Spiker the first Army coach to win at least 58 games in their first five seasons since Les Wothke, who won 61 games from 1982-87.

THE ARMY-LAFAYETTE SERIES
► The Leopards lead the all-time series, 39-25. Since Patriot League play began in 1990-91, Lafayette has won 31 of the 47 meetings.
► Army swept the Leopards last season.
► The Leopards lead the all-time series, 39-24. Since Patriot League play began in 1990-91, Lafayette has won 31 of the 46 meetings.
► Despite Lafayette’s recent six-game winning streak against Army, the Leopards own a slim 6-5 edge in the last 11 meetings.
► Army has lost eight of the last 10 games at the Kirby Sports Center, but have won four of the last seven games at Christl Arena.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1926 (Army, 44-9)
All-Time Record: Lafayette leads, 39-25
At West Point: Lafayette leads, 15-13 (since 1972)
At Lafayette: Lafayette leads, 23-6 (since 1972)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Feb. 13, 2013 (85-68 at Lafayette)
Last Lafayette Win: Feb. 8, 2012 (90-74 at Army)
Series Streak: Army W2
Largest Army Margin: +35 (44-9, 1926)
Largest Lafayette Margin: +36 (76-40, 1/14/04)

ABOUT LAFAYETTE
► Fran O’Hanlon is the longest-tenured coach in the Patriot League with 19 seasons at the helm of the Leopards. The 1970 Villanova graduate has won three league titles and has taken the Leopards to the NCAA Tournament twice.
► Lafayette was picked second, one spot ahead of Army, in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.
► The Leopards have been bitten by the injury bug all season. Leading scorer Seth Hinrichs is the latest casualty. Hinrichs, who is scoring 20.2 points per game, suffered a knee injury and missed the Seton Hall game on Dec. 27. Lafayette has only three players who have played in all 11 games
► Lafayette started the season 0-5, including two overtime losses. The team then reeled off four straight wins, but has lost its last two. The Leopards and Black Knights share two common opponents — NJIT and St. Francis Brooklyn. Both team lost to the Highlanders. Army defeated the Terriers, who knocked off Lafayette on Dec. 19.
► Bryce Scott and Dan Trist are both scoring in double figures at 15.2 points and 12.0 points per game, respectively. The Leopards are 94-for-240 (.392) from deep this season.

SHOOTING STARS
► Army’s success has been largely predicated on their ability to shoot the basketball. The Black Knights are 38-10 since the start of the 2004-05 season when making at least half their shots.
► Since the start of the 2004-05 season, Army is 88-72 when shooting at least 40 percent from the floor and 15-99 when shooting below 40 percent.
► Army has lost 24 straight games when shooting 33.3 percent or worse.
► Army is 59-12 in its last 71 games when outshooting its opponent.

UP NEXT …
Army plays its first home Patriot League game on Sunday when it hosts conference newcomer Loyola. The two teams have met just once before. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

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