Army Hosts Lafayette Wednesday Night

Andrew Stire started for the first time at Bucknell.

Andrew Stire started for the first time at Bucknell.

Jan. 15, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Lafayette90
Army74
February 8, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Lafayette Scores 90-74 Win Over Black Knights
Lafayette (11-13, 6-3 Patriot League) used a 14-3 second-half run to break open a one-point game and went on to a 90-74 win over Army (10-14, 3-6 Patriot League) Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Junior F Ella Ellis posted his third career double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was his 26th straight game in double figures and 10th 20-point effort of the season.

Date: Jan. 16, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Capacity: 5,043
Series: Lafayette leads, 40-22
Streak: Lafayette W6
Last Meeting: Feb. 8, 2012
   Lafayette 90, Army 74

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the  Lafayette game.  

Web: An audio stream is available at www.goARMYsports.com, while a video stream is available via Patriot League All-Access on www.patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply. Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play.

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army opens a two-game homestand when it hosts Lafayette Wednesday night. It is the Black Knights’ first Patriot League home game of the season. Army is 4-1 at Christl Arena this season.
► The Black Knights are trying to snap a three-game losing streak. Army fell at Bucknell, 76-55, in its Patriot League opener on Saturday. Senior Ella Ellis (17) and freshman Larry Toomey (10) each reached double figures for the Black Knights.
► Ellis’s 17 points made him the 12th player in Army history to score at least 1,300 career points. His 1,314 points is 12th on the Army scoring list and is only 29 points shy of cracking the Black Knights’ all-time top 10. He is the Black Knights’ leading scorer, ranking third in the Patriot League at 17.3 points per game. He is also one of the league’s most accurate three-point shooters at 42.2 percent (6th).
► Army is trying to break out of a five-game scoring slump. The Black Knights went on its two-game trip to Texas averaging 77.5 points per game, shooting 45.3 percent and had reached the 80-point mark six times. In the last five games, the Black Knights are scoring 63.0 points per game and shooting 39.2 percent. Army has not reached the 60-point mark in four of those games, all losses. The Black Knights’ only victory in that span is a 95-86 decision at Houston Baptist.
► The Black Knights have seven freshmen averaging at least 8.9 minutes per game. Army has used at least two plebes in the starting lineup in all 16 games and have had three rookies with the first team in the last 10 games.
► The group has responded by accounting for more than half of the team’s production. Freshmen have accounted for 51.4 percent of the team’s scoring, 53.0 percent of its rebounding, 62.1 percent of its assists and 62.9 percent of its steals.
► Army boasts the highest-scoring and highest-rebounding rookies in the Patriot League. Kyle Wilson is second on the team and 15th in the conference with an 11.6 points-per-game scoring average. Wilson has not started a game yet this season. Dylan Cox is the one plebe to have started all 16 games. He leads the team and ranks 11th in the Patriot League at 5.4 rebounds per contest.

A WIN OVER LAFAYETTE WOULD …
► Even Army’s Patriot League record at 1-1.
► Snap the Leopards’ six-game winning streak in the series.
► Improve Army’s home record to 5-1.
► End the Leopards’ three-game winning streak.
► Be Army’s first win in January.
► Run the Black Knights’ record to 7-2 in weekday games.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 45th win at West Point (44-61; fourth season).

ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg -- Second on the team with 25 three-pointers)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg -- Leads team in rebounds and assists)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 17.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg -- 12th Army player with 1,300 points (1,314))
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg -- Seven three-pointers in the last five games)
C - #52 Andrew Stire (Jr., 6-7, 227, 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg -- Team-best 68.1 field goal percentage)

THE ARMY-LAFAYETTE SERIES
► The Leopards lead the all-time series, 39-23. Since Patriot League play began in 1990-91, Lafayette has won 31 of the 45 meetings.
► Army has lost eight of the last nine games at the Kirby Sports Center, but have won three of the last six games at Christl Arena.
► The Leopards have won the last six meetings. Army had won three in a row prior to Lafayette’s current streak.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1926 (Army, 44-9)
All-Time Record: Lafayette leads, 39-23
At West Point: Lafayette leads, 15-12 (since 1972)
At Lafayette: Lafayette leads, 23-5 (since 1972)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Feb. 25, 2009 (79-55 at Lafayette)
Last Lafayette Win: Feb. 8, 2012 (90-74 at Army)
Series Streak: Lafayette W6
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 18 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.
► After a 1-6 start, Lafayette has won six of its last 10 games. The Leopards extended their winning streak to three games with a 64-47 victory over Navy on Saturday. Seth Hinrichs led the team with 22 points, while Tony Johnson and Joey Ptasinski each added 14 markers. The Leopards limited Navy to 37.5 percent from the field, including 30.4 percent from deep.
► Lafayette has six players averaging at least 6.0 points per game, including four in double digits. Hinrichs is the team’s top scorer at 14.8 points  per game and leads the Leopards in rebounding with 4.4 per contest. He also leads the Leopards with 44 three-pointers. Dan Trist is scoring 13.3 points per game, while Johnson is next with 11.7 points a contest. Ptasinski is the fourth member of the double-digit club with 10.2 points per gmae. He has also made 42 three-pointers on the season. Johnson leads the team with 89 assists.

UP NEXT …
The Black Knights host arch-rival Navy on Sunday, Jan. 20. The game will be broadcast live to a national audience by the CBS Sports Network. Army swept last season’s series for the first time since 1992, including a double-overtime win at Christl Arena. The victory clinched the Black Knights’ second “Star” game win the last three years. This year’s star will be awarded in Annapolis on Feb. 16.

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