Feb. 1, 2013
Army vs. Lehigh Game Notes
The Last Meeting
February 25, 2012
West Point, N.Y.
Army Loses Overtime Thriller Versus Lehigh
John Adams' three-pointer with 10.3 seconds left in overtime propelled Lehigh (23-7, 11-3 PL) to a 74-72 victory over Army (12-17, 5-9 PL) in the regular-season finale at Christl Arena Wednesday afternoon. The Black Knights led 72-71 when Lehigh's C.J. McCollum drove the lane and found an open Adams who hit his second three-pointer of the game to give the Mountain Hawks the victory.
Date: Feb. 13, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Army leads, 60-36
Streak: Lehigh W3
Last Meeting: Feb. 25, 2012
Lehigh 74, at Army 72 (OT)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Lehigh 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 will be available at www.goARMYsports.com. A live video stream is available via Patriot League All-Access on patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply at both web sites.
► The two highest-scoring offenses in the Patriot League square off Sunday afternoon when the Lehigh Mountain Hawks come to Christl Arena. Army has scored at least 77 points in four of its last five games and ranks second in the league at 73.4 points per game. The Mountain Hawks lead the league at 75.4 points per game. In Patriot League play, Army is scoring a conference best 71.5 points per game, while Lehigh is third with a 65.8 scoring average.
► Army has won its last two games, including an 80-66 win at Holy Cross on Wednesday. The Black Knights evened their Patriot League record at 3-3 and took over sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings. A victory would give the Black Knights their best seven-game start to their Patriot League schedule.
► Freshmen Kyle Wilson continued his offensive outburst, posting 21 points against the Crusaders. It was his third straight 20-point game, an Army first since Mark Lueking during the 1992-93 season. No Army rookie has scored 20-or-more in four straight games since Gary Winton in 1974-75. Wilson has scored 271 points this season, the ninth-highest total by a plebe in Army history.
► Wilson is the Patriot League’s highest-scoring rookie both overall in Patriot League play. He is scoring 12.9 points per game for the season, which is tied for eighth best in the conference. In six conference games, he is scoring 14.8 points per game, sixth-best in the Patriot League.
► The Black Knights have started at least two rookies in all 21 games, at least three in the last 15 games and all five in the last two outings. Army’s freshmen have scored 54.9 percent of its points, and accounted for 53.4 percent of its rebounds, 62.6 percent of its assists and 60.2 percent of its steals.
► Freshman Dylan Cox handed out four assists without committing a turnover at Holy Cross. Cox has not been charged with a turnover in the last five games over a span of 130 minutes of playing time. In Army’s six Patriot League games, Cox leads the conference with a 5.2 assist-to-turnover ratio (26/5).
► Senior Ella Ellis led the team with 23 points at Holy Cross. Ellis needs just eight points to become the ninth player in Army history to reach the 1,400-point plateau. He is the team’s leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, the third-best average in the Patriot League.
A WIN OVER LEHIGH WOULD …
► Improve Army’s league record to 4-3, its best seven-game Patriot League start.
► Be Army’s first three-game Patriot League regular-season winning streak since 2008-09.
► Improve the Black Knights’ home record to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in Patriot League play.
► Snap Lehigh’s three-game winning streak in the series.
► Assure Army remains in 4th place and potentially move it into a tie for 3rd depending other outcomes.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 48th win at West Point (47-63; fourth season).
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg -- Scored in double figures 3 straight times)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg -- 24 assists/0 turnovers in last five games)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 12.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg -- Three straight games with 20-plus points)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg -- Career-high 12 points at Holy Cross)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg -- Tied for team lead with 19 blocked shots)
THE ARMY-LEHIGH SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series, 60-36. The rivalry dates back to the 1906-07 season.
► The Mountain Hawks have won 17 of the last 24 and 11 of the last 12 regular-season meetings. Lehigh leads the series 30-18 since the start of Patriot League play in 1990-91.
► The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks met in the league quarterfinals met four straight times from 2007-09. Army won the first three meetings before Lehigh took the 2009 match up.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1906-07 (Lehigh, 26-24)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 60-34
At West Point: Army leads, 29-14 (since ‘54-55)
At Lehigh: Lehigh leads, 18-10 (since ‘54-55)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Jan. 15, 2011 (75-72 at Lehigh)
Last Lehigh Win: Feb. 25, 2012 (74-72 (OT), at Army)
Series Streak: Lehigh W3
Largest Army Margin: +60 (88-28, 1948)
Largest Lehigh Margin: +26 (75-49, 2/6/00)
► Brett Reed is in his sixth season as the head coach at Lehigh. Reed has guided the Mountain Hawks to the Patriot League Tournament title in two of the last three seasons. Last year, the 15th-seeded Mountain Hawks upset 2nd-seeded Duke in the NCAA Tournament.
► The Mountain Hawks are coming off a 71-49 road win at Navy. Stefan Cvrkalj led the team with 18 points, including five three-pointers. Holden Greiner added a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
► Lehigh has continued to thrive despite losing preseason Patriot League Player of the Year C.J. McCollum with a foot injury. McCollum was averaging 23.9 points per game when he was injured. Lehigh is 6-1, including a five-game winning streak, since his injury.
► Gabe Knutson is one of three other players averaging double figures at 13.1 points per game. Greiner is scoring 12.3 points and grabbing a team-high 6.7 boards per game, while Mackey McKnight is scoring 11.8 points per contest and has dished out a team-high 101 assists. Lehigh leads the league with a 75.4 points per game scoring average.
UP NEXT …
The Black Knights have the mid-week portion of its schedule off before starting the second half of the Patriot League schedule on Saturday, Feb. 9 against Bucknell. The Bison won the first meeting of the season in Lewisburg.