Army Welcomes Navy For Annual Star Contest

Kevin Ferguson has 17 blocked shots in his last three games.

Kevin Ferguson has 17 blocked shots in his last three games.

Feb. 7, 2014

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The Last Meeting
Army60
Navy55
January 11, 2014
Annapolis, Md.
Army Grinds Out 60-55 Win At Navy
Army (8-7, 4-0 PL) outscored Navy (6-9, 1-3 PL) 18-11 over the final 9:05, holding the Mids to just two field goals in that span to come away with a 60-55 win in Patriot League men's basketball action at Alumni Hall Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights have now won a season-high five straight games and seven of their last eight to extend their program record start to Patriot League play and move above the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Date: Feb. 8, 2014
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Capacity: 5,043
Series: Navy leads, 72-47
Streak: Army W2
The Last Meeting: Army 60, at Navy 55 (1/11/14)

ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: CBS Sports Network will broadcast Saturday’s game. Jason Knapp (play-by-play), former Army standout Chris Spatola (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline) will call the action. Check local listings for channel number in your area. CBS Sports Network can be found on DirecTV channel 613 and Dish Network channel 158.

Radio: The Army Sports Network broadcast can be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play for Saturday’s game.

Web: An audio stream of the Army Sports Network broadcast can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.

ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 3.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 8.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
F - #23 Josh Herbeck (Sr., 6-2, 192, 6.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 11.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 8.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
►The Army-Navy rivalry hits the hardwood for the 120th time on Saturday when the Mids visit Christl Arena. Saturday’s match-up is the annual Star Game that will determine which squad gets to hoist the Alumni Trophy. An Army win would also mark the second series sweep in the last three seasons.
► Army has won the last two Star Games and has won three of the four stars during Zach Spiker’s tenure. Spiker is attempting to become the first Army coach to guide the Black Knights to four Star Game wins since Mike Krzyzewski won four during his five-year tenure on the banks of the Hudson.
► The Black Knights have won their last two games to improve to 12-10 overall and 8-3 in Patriot League. Army has already tied the program record for conference victories in a season. The 1986-87 team went 8-6 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competition, while last year’s team was 8-6 in the Patriot League. Army is also attempting to go six games over .500 in leauge play for the first time.
► Army is coming off a 70-51 win over Lehigh on Wednesday night. The Black Knights’ defensive effort was its best of the season against Division I competition. Army held the Mountain hawks to 35.8 percent from the field and just 3-for-11 from three-point range. Tanner Plomb led the offense with 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting. He hit five of his six three-point tries. Plomb was the only player in double figures. Kevin Ferguson was also instrumental, scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds, handing out four assists and tying his own school record with six blocked shots.
► Despite a Patriot League season low nine points, Kyle Wilson still remains on top of the Army scoring ledger at 19.2 points per game, the second-best average in the conference. His 20.2 points per game average during league play is tops in the Patriot League.
► Plomb also ranks among the Patriot League’s top five scorers during conference competition. His 15.1 points per game in his 10 league games is fifth on the list. Army is the only team to have two players among the Patriot League’s top five scorers in conference action.
► Ferguson has blocked 17 shots in the last three games. He broke the Army single-game mark with six at Boston University and followed that with a five-block effort at Loyola. He tied his record with six blocks against Lehigh. Ferguson is the first Army player to block 50 shots in a season (53) and 80 shots during their career (88). He became Army’s all-time leader in just his 51st career game.

A WIN OVER NAVY WOULD …
► Give Army its second season sweep of the Mids in the last three seasons.
► Secure the Black Knights’ third straight gold star, a program first since 1976-78.
► Be Army’s fifth win against the Mids in the last six games.
► Break the program record for conference wins in a season.
► Put Army six games above .500 in conference play for the first time in program history.
► Ensure the Black Knights stay in at least sole possession of third place in the Patriot League.
► Put the Black Knights three games above .500 for the first time this season.
► Make head coach Zach Spiker the first Army coach since Mike Krzyzewski to win four gold stars.

THE ARMY-NAVY SERIES
► Saturday’s meeting is the 120th all-time between the rivals since first game in 1920. Navy leads the series, 72-47.
► Army holds a slim 11-10 lead over the last 11 seasons. The teams have split the series in eight of those years. Navy won both games in 2010-11, but Army returned the favor in 2011-12.
► Thirteen of the last 17 meetings have been decided by eight points or less, including Army’s 60-55 win in Annapolis on Jan. 11.
► Navy won last year’s trip to West Point. Despite the loss, Army has won three of the last five games at Christl Arena.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1920 (Navy, 24-18)
All-Time Record: Navy leads, 72-47
At West Point: Navy leads, 30-27
At Annapolis: Navy leads, 41-19
At Neutral Site: Tied, 1-1
Last Army Win: Jan. 11, 2014 (60-55 at Navy)
Last Navy Win: Jan. 20, 2013 (59-50 at Army)
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 third 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 E. Tennessee State.
► Navy is coming off a 61-48 home loss to Boston Unviersity. It was the Mids’ sixth straight defeat.  Zach Fong led the Mids with 15 points, while fellow rookie Tim Abruzzo scored 12. Navy’s bench scored 34 of the team’s 48 points.
► Worth Smith is the team’s leading scorer at 11.0 points per game. Brandon Venturini is also scoring in double figures at 10.4 points per contest.
► Smith is also the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 5.2 boards per contest.
► Venturini and Fong have been a potent combination from three-point range this season. Fong has made a team-high 41 triples, hitting at at a 41.0 percent accuracy rate. Venturini is right behind with 37 three-pointers.
► Smith and Venturini are the only Navy players to start all 22 games. Ten different players have started at least one game.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
► Army allowed 51 points in its home win versus Lehigh. It was the Black Knights’ best defensive performance against a Division I team this season. Dating back to 2008-09, Army has posted a 38-12 record when allowing foes less 62 points or less.
► The Black Knights are 14-70 in their last 84 games when giving up at least 70 points. The Black Knights have lost 42 of their last 46 games when allowing 80-or-more points.
► In its last 57 losses, Army has allowed an average of 76.1 points per game. In its last 47 victories, Army has given up just 63.6 points per game.

ON THE REBOUND
► Army has held the rebounding edge in seven of its 12 victories. The Black Knights have been outrebounded in nine of their 10 losses.
► In its 10 losses, Army is -5.3 per game in rebounding margin. In their 12 victories, the Black Knights are +2.4 per game.
► Army is 21-5 in its last 26 games when holding a rebounding edge. The Black Knights are 7-18 when losing the rebounding battle in that span.

UP NEXT …
Army tries to avenge a loss to Holy Cross when it travels to Worcester Wednesday night. The Black Knights are one game ahead of the Crusaders in the league standings.

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