Army-Navy Rivalry Hits The Hardwood

Kyle Wilson scored 11 points in the win over Lafayette.

Kyle Wilson scored 11 points in the win over Lafayette.

Jan. 18, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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February 11, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Army Wins Double OT Thriller Over Navy
Army (11-14, 4-6 PL) overcame a four-point deficit in the first overtime and outscored Navy (3-21, 0-10 PL) 13-7 in the second extra session to claim a 69-63 win in the annual "Star Game" in front of a Christl Arena record crowd of 5,189 Saturday afternoon. The win gave the Black Knights their first season sweep of the Mids since 1992.

Date: Jan. 20, 2013
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Capacity: 5,043
Series: Navy leads, 71-45
Streak: Army W2
Last Meeting: Feb. 11, 2012
  at Army 69, Navy 63 (2OT)

ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: Sunday’s game will air live on CBS Sports Network. Bob Socci (play-by-play), former Army great Chris Spatola (analyst) and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Reggie Miller (analyst) will call the action.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the  Navy 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: Audio and video streams are available at www.goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► The Black Knights host arch-rival Navy in front of a national television audience at Christl Arena. Army has win six of its seven home games this season, including a 77-54 win over Lafayette last time out.
► Army won both games against the Mids in 2011-12, its first season sweep since 1991-92. The Black Knights have not defeated Navy three consecutive times since earning victories during the 1975-76, 76-77 and 77-78 seasons. The series has been split down the middle in the last nine years. The two teams each won a game from 2003-04 through 2009-10. The Mids won both outings in 2010-11 before Army’s sweep last season.
► The Black Knights broke out of an offensive slump in the win over Lafayette. The team’s 77 points ended a three-game run, all losses, of scoring less than 60. Army is the Patriot League’s second-best offense at 73.2 points per game. The Black Knights have not averaged 70 points in a season since 2000-01.
► Army’s offense has been even better at home, scoring 81.8 points per game. The Black Knights have scored at least 77 points in five of their six games at Christl Arena, including three games of at least 90 points. Four of Army’s five home victories have been by at least 23 points.
► Senior Ella Ellis is on the cusp of history entering Sunday’s game. Ellis ranks 11th all-time at West Point with 1,337 points, only six short of reaching the Black Knights’ all-time top 10. He is just 17 points from moving into ninth position. Ellis is also only six three-pointers away from reaching Army’s all-time top five. His 162 triples is sixth behind Alex Morris’s total of 167.
► Ellis leads the team and is ranked third in the Patriot League at 17.6 points per game, 13th in the conference with a 44.9 percent field goal percentage and tied for sixth with a 42.7 three-point accuracy rate.
► Army has relied heavily on its freshman class through the first 17 games. The Black Knights have started at least two plebes every game and have had three in the lineup in the last 11 games. Army’s freshmen have acccounted for 51.9 percent of the scoring, 52.9 percent of the rebounding and 61.8 percent of its assists. Kyle Wilson is the Patriot League’s top scoring rookie at 11.5 points per game, while Dylan Cox is the top rebounding rookie in the conference at 5.3 per contest.

A WIN OVER NAVY WOULD …
► Put the Black Knights over .500 in league play and even their overall record at .500.
► Be Army’s third straight win over the Mids, a first since winning in 1976-78.
► Improve Army’s home record to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
► Be the Black Knights’ first back-to-back wins since Dec. 14/22.
► Move Army’s record to 2-0 on Sundays.
► Improve head coach Zach Spiker’s record to 4-3 versus the Mids.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 46th win at West Point (45-61; fourth season).

PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg -- Second on the team with 26 three-pointers)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg -- Leads team in rebounds and assists)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 17.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg -- 1,337 career points, 11th all-time at Army)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg -- Started the last 11 games)
C - #52 Andrew Stire (Jr., 6-7, 227, 5.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg -- Team-best 66.7 field goal percentage)

THE ARMY-NAVY SERIES
► Sunday’s meeting is the 117th all-time between the rivals since first game in 1920. Navy leads the series, 71-45.
► Army has won at least one game against Navy in eight of the last nine seasons. The Black Knights won both meetings last season. It was Army’s first season sweep since 1991-92.
► 11 of the last 14 meetings have been decided by eight points or less, including Army’s 69-63 double-overtime win at Christl Arena last season.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1920 (Navy, 24-18)
All-Time Record: Navy leads, 71-45
At West Point: Navy leads, 29-27
At Annapolis: Navy leads, 41-17
At Neutral Site: Tied, 1-1
Last Army Win: Feb. 11, 2012 (69-63, 2OT at Army)
Last Navy Win: Feb. 19, 2011 (75-58 at Navy)
Series Streak: Army W2
Largest Army Margin: +24 (80-56, 2/28/70)
Largest Navy Margin: +30 (93-63, 12/23/85)

ABOUT NAVY
► Ed DeChellis is in his second season on the Navy sideline. DeChellis previously served as the head coach at his alma mater, Penn State. He guided the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. The 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year also served as the head man at East Tennessee State.
► The Mids are coming off a 62-47 home loss to Holy Cross. Worth Smith and Tilman Dunbar each scored in double figures with 17 and 12 points, respectively.
► Navy got off to a 6-6 start, but is currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak. The Mids’ last win was a 69-59 victory against Bryant, a team that defeated Army, on Dec. 10.
► Freshman Tilman Dunbar leads the team in scoring at 10.7 points per game. Brandon Venturini and Worth Smith are close behind at 9.8 and 9.6 points per game, respectively. Venturini leads the Patriot League with 45 three-pointers.
► Dunbar has been the Patriot League Rookie of the Week four times. He leads the conference with 5.3 assists per game.

UP NEXT …
The Black Knights are back on the road Wednesday night at Colgate. Army swept the season series last year and has won two straight at Cotterell Court.

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