Army Welcomes American For Saturday Matinee

Dylan Cox had eight assists last time out.

Dylan Cox had eight assists last time out.

Jan. 25, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Army40
American57
February 29, 2012
Washington, D.C.
Army Ends Season With Loss At American
The sixth-seeded Army men's basketball team shot a season-low 26.3 percent, including a 4-for-26 showing from three-point range in its 57-40 loss at No. 3 American in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Patriot League Tournament Wednesday night. The Black Knights finished their season at 12-18.

Date: Jan. 26, 2013
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Capacity: 5,043
Series: Army leads, 22-3
Streak: American W6
Last Meeting: Feb. 29, 2012
  at American 57, Army 40

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

Web: Audio and video streams are available at www.goARMYsports.com. A live video stream is also available via Patriot League All-Access on patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply at both web sites. Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play.

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army is back home on Saturday afternoon when it host the American Eagles. The Black Knights currently boast a 5-2 record on the banks of the Hudson, including a Patriot League victory over Lafayette.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 93-90 overtime loss at Colgate. Army scored 90-or-more points for an Academy-record fifth time this season. The loss snapped an 18-game winning streak when scoring at least 90 points.
► Army’s offense came out of its shell in Hamilton. The Black Knights had not scored more than 77 points in any of its five previous games after posting at least 90 in three of its four games before the dry spell.
► The Black Knights continued to lean heavily on its rookies at Colgate. Army played six freshmen that combined for 67 of the team’s 90 points. Four of the six scored in double figures led by Kyle Wilson’s 23 points. It was his third 20-point effort of the season and increased his scoring average to 12.1 points per game, the best of any rookie in the Patriot League. Kyle Toth scored 14 points, while Dylan Cox added 11 for his third straight double-digit effort. Kevin Ferguson scored a career-high 11 points, his first career double-digit outing.
► Army has started at least two freshmen in every game this season and have had three plebes with the first unit in each of the last 13 outings. There are seven rookies averaging at least 9.0 minutes per game. Army’s group of plebes has accounted for 53.8 percent of the team’s points, 53.7 percent of its rebounds, 62.3 percent of its assists and 59.8 percent of its steals. In addition to Wilson leading the league’s rookies in scoring, Cox is the conference’s top rebounding freshman.
► Senior Ella Ellis continued his ascent up the Army scoring ladder. Ellis now ranks ninth all-time with 1,357 career points. He is 88 markers shy of passing Jarrell Brown for eighth place. Ellis is the Patriot League’s third-leading scorer at 16.8 points per game.
► Wilson has scored 230 points this season. He is the team’s highest-scoring plebe since George Tatum totaled 278 points during the 1995-96 campaign. Only 11 Army rookies have ever scored at least 250 points in a season. Only four of those 11 averaged at least 12 points per game during their first season.

A WIN OVER AMERICAN WOULD …
► Improve Army’s home record to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in Patriot League play.
► Snap the Eagles’ six-game winning streak in the series.
► Move the Black Knights into a tie with the Ealges in the Patriot League standings.
► End Army’s two-game losing streak.
► Snap Army’s two-game losing streak versus American at West Point.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 46th win at West Point (45-63; fourth season).

PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg -- Scored 14 points at Colgate)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg -- Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg -- Ranks 9th on Army career scoring list (1,357))
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg -- Career-best seven rebounds vs. Navy)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 3.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg -- Started 46 of last 49 games)

THE ARMY-AMERICAN SERIES
► American leads the all-time series with the Black Knights, 24-3. Army scored a victory in the first meeting in Washington, D.C. during the 1963-64 season The two teams did not meet again until the Eagles’ entry into the Patriot League for the 2001-02 season.
► American has won 14 straight at Bender Arena versus the Black Knights. Army has won two of the last five at West Point.
► Four of the last eight meetings in the series have been decided by six points or less.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 23, 1963 (Army, 100-70)
All-Time Record: American leads, 23-3
At West Point: American leads, 9-2
At American: American leads, 13-1
At Neutral Site: American leads, 1-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 20, 2010 (68-48 at West Point)
Last AU Win: Feb. 29 , 2012 (57-40 at American)
Series Streak: American W5
Largest Army Margin: +30 (100-70, 12/23/63)
Largest American Margin: +35 (72-37, 1/21/05)

ABOUT AMERICAN
► Jeff Jones is in his 13th season as the head coach at American. Jones has guided the Eagles to four 20-win seasons in the last five, including two NCAA Tournament appearances (2008, 2009). Jones also served eight seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Virginia, taking the Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament five times.
► The Eagles are coming off a 72-47 home win over Navy. John Schoof scored a career-high 27 points, including an 8-for-10 showing from three-point range. Stephen Lumpkins, who missed last season playing minor league baseball, scored 17 points. Tony Wroblicky added nine points and 11 rebounds.
► Lumpkins is the team’s leading scorer at 14.8 points per game. He is also the team’s top rebounder at 9.6 boards per game. Lumpkins is averaging a double-double of 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in four league games.
► Daniel Munoz and Schoof are scoring 9.9 and 9.4 points per game, respectively. The starting five of Lumpkins, Munoz, Schoof, Blake Jolivette and Wroblicky all average at least 23.9 minutes per game.

UP NEXT …
Army is back on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Holy Cross. The two teams split the season series last year with each squad winning on its home court. Army and Holy Cross have split the series in two of the last three seasons.

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