Army Hosts Columbia In Saturday Matinee

Dylan Cox leads all Patriot League freshmen in rebounding.

Dylan Cox leads all Patriot League freshmen in rebounding.

Jan. 4, 2013

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Date: Jan. 5, 2012
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Capacity: 5,043
Series: Columbia leads, 35-20
Streak: Army W1
Last Meeting: Dec. 2, 2005
   Army 67, at Columbia 66

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the  Columbia game. The game will be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play.

Web: An audio and video stream is available at www.goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► The Black Knights play their final non-conference home game of the season on Saturday afternoon when they host the Columbia Lions. Army is 4-0 at home this season and has won eight straight games versus non-Patriot League foes at Christl Arena.
► Army is coming off a 95-86 win at Houston Baptist on Monday. The victory snapped the Black Knights’ five-game road losing streak, and marked the third time they hit the 90-point mark in the last four games. The Black Knights are scoring 77.2 points per game, the second-highest average in the Patriot League. Army has not averaged 70-or-more points a game for an entire season since 2000-01. The Black Knights have scored at least 85 points in all four of its home games, cracking the 90-point barrier in each of the last three outings.
► Army needs to win one of its last two non-conference games to clinch a .500-or-better record in pre-conference play for the third time in the last four seasons. The Black Knights have posted just two non-conference records of at least .500 in the previous 14 seasons.
► Senior Ella Ellis snapped a two-game scoring slump (14 total points) with a 26-point outburst in the victory at Houston Baptist. Ellis hit 15 of his 16 free throw attempts, both career highs. His 15 free throws tied for seventh on the Army single-game ledger. Ellis moved into 15th place on Army’s career scoring ledger with 1,271 points. He is just 12 points shy of passing Bob Brown for 14th position.
► Freshman Kyle Wilson scored 24 points in the win against the Huskies. Wilson averaged 19.5 points per game on Army’s recent two-game swing through Texas. He is Army’s second-leading scorer at 12.6 points per game despite not starting a game this season and averaging only 21.4 minutes per game. He is 11th in the Patriot League in scoring and is the highest-scoring rookie in the conference.
► The Black Knights’ have relied heavily on its freshmen all season. Army’s plebes have accounted for more than half the team’s scoring (50.1 percent), rebounding (51.5), assists (61.5) and steals (65.9).
► Army has started at least two freshmen in all 13 games and has had three rookies in the first unit in each of the last seven outings.

A WIN OVER COLUMBIA WOULD …
► Be Army’s fourth win in the last five games.
► Be Army’s ninth straight non-conference victory at Christl Arena.
► Improve Army’s home record to 5-0 this season.
► Clinch the Black Knights’ third .500-or-better pre-conference record in the last four seasons.
► Improve Army’s record to 12-7 in their last 19 non-conference games.
► Improve Zach Spiker’s record to 9-5 versus Ivy League opponents.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 45th win at West Point (44-58; fourth season).

ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg; Averaging 10.9 ppg in seven starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg; Top rebounding rookie in Patriot League)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 18.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Scored 26 in win at Houston Baptist)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg; Started the last seven games)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 4.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg; Season-high 10 boards against Marist)

THE ARMY-COLUMBIA SERIES
► Army and Columbia have met 55 times during their long histories. The Lions lead the all-time series, 35-20.
► The two teams were regular opponents during the first half of the 20th century. The series took a break after the game during the 1960-61 season, but was resumed in 1994-95. The two teams met every season after that until the 2005-06 campaign.
► Most of the Lions’ series advantage can be traced back to a 12-game winning streak between 1947-58.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1904-05 (Columbia, 29-25)
All-Time Record: Columbia leads, 35-20
At West Point (since 1948): Columbia, 10-3
At Columbia (since 1948): Columbia, 2-11
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Dec. 2, 2005 (67-66)
Last Columbia Win: Jan. 4, 2005 (75-59)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +32 (101-80, 1958-59)
Largest Columbia Margin: +26 (83-57, 1953)

ABOUT COLUMBIA
► Kyle Smith is in his third season as head coach at Columbia. Smith is the program’s first coach since 1952 to win as many as 30 games in their first two seasons. Smith came to Columbia after serving nine seasons as an assistant at St. Mary’s College (Calif.). He has also worked at Air Force and the University of San Diego.
► After a 4-1 start that included a win at Villanova, the Lions suffered a three-game losing streak, but have rebounded to win three of their last four, including a 66-59 win over Colgate on Wednesday.  Columbia has faced three Patriot League teams thus far, defeating American and Colgate and losing to Bucknell.
► The Lions are averaging 65.8 points per game. Three players are scoring in double figures led by Brian Barbour’s 13.8 points per game. Grant Mullins and Alex Rosenberg are scoring 11.5 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. The Lions are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game and have four players with at least 10 triples.

UP NEXT …
The Black Knights play wrap up their pre-conference schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Dartmouth.  The two teams have played nine times in the last seven seasons. Army owns a 19-17 all-time series advantage against the Big Green. The Black Knights have won six of the last seven meetings. The only loss in that span was their last trip to Hanover during the 2010-11 season.

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