Feb. 8, 2013
Army vs. Bucknell Notes
The Last Meeting
January 12, 2013
Ellis Reaches Milestone In Army Loss At Bucknell
Senior Ella Ellis scored a team-high 17 points to become the 12th player in Army history to score 1,300 career points, but the Black Knights (7-9, 0-1 PL) were on the short end of a 76-55 decision at Bucknell (14-3, 1-0 PL) in the Patriot League debut for both teams Saturday night at Sojka Pavilion.
Date: Feb. 9, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Bucknell leads, 44-19
Streak: Bucknell W5
Last Meeting: Jan. 12, 2013
at Bucknell 76, Army 55
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the Bucknell game.
Web: An audio and video stream will be available at www.goARMYsports.com. Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play. A live video stream is available via Patriot League All-Access on patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply at both web sites.
► Army begins the second half of its Patriot League schedule on Saturday when it hosts Bucknell. The match up with the Bison is the second in a stretch of three games against teams that occupy top three spots in the Patriot League standings.
► The Black Knights suffered an 85-76 setback against Lehigh last Saturday. Army trailed by as many as 22 in the first half, but rallied within five points on several occasions in the second stanza. Plebe Kyle Toth led the Black Knights with 20 points, his second 20-point effort of the season. Classmates Kyle Wilson and Larry Tommey, along with senior Ella Ellis, were also in double figures. That quartet has each scored at least 10 points in each of the last three games.
► Army has started five freshmen in the last three outings. The Black Knights have had at least two rookies in the starting five every game this season, and have had at least three rookies with the first unit in the last 16 games. Freshmen have accounted for 55.5 percent of Army's points, 53.8 percent of its rebounds, 63.5 percent of its assists and 59.7 percent of its steals.
► Toth was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday. The selection made league history, marking the first time that three different players from the same school won the award in consecutive weeks. Dylan Cox earned the honor on Jan. 21 and Wilson won his fourth award of the season on Jan. 28.
► Wilson continues to climb the Army rookie scoring ledger. He currently ranks eighth on the list with 283 points. Wilson is the Black Knights' highest-scoring plebe since Alex Morris scored 346 points during the 1992-93 season. His 12.9-point scoring average is eighth in the league and first among rookies.
► Cox leads Army in both rebounding and assists. His 5.5 rebound-per-game average is 10th in the Patriot League and tops among conference rookies. Cox is averaging 3.3 assists per game, the fifth-best average in the conference. He has not committed a turnover since the first meeting with Bucknell and leads the conference during league play with a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio (30 assists/5 turnovers).
► Rookie Kevin Ferguson has blocked at least one shot in the last five games and stands seventh on Army's sinlge-season ledger with 20 rejections.
A WIN OVER BUCKNELL WOULD ...
► Even Army's Patriot League record at 4-4, its best start since 2007-08.
► Keep Army in a tie for 4th place and potentially move into a tie for 3rd depending on other outcomes.
► Snap Bucknell's five-game winning streak in the series.
► Be Army's second home win over the Bison in the last three years.
► Improve Army's home record to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the Patriot League.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker's 48th win at West Point (47-64; fourth season).
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg -- Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg -- 28 assists/0 turnovers in last six games)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 12.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg -- 8th highest scoring plebe in Army history)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg -- Three straight double figure scoring games)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg -- Leads team with 20 blocked shots)
THE ARMY-BUCKNELL SERIES
► Bucknell leads the all-time series, 44-19. Since the start of Patriot League play, the Bison are 42-9 versus Army.
► In recent seasons, the series has been nearly even. Bucknell owns a 7-5 advantage over the last five years.
► The Black Knights handed Bucknell its only Patriot League loss of the 2010-11 season, a 90-70 Army win at West Point on Jan. 29, 2011. Since that game, Army is one of only three conference foes to defeat the Bison (Holy Cross, Lehigh).
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1929 (Army, 35-34)
All-Time Record: Bucknell leads, 44-19
At West Point: Bucknell leads, 17-8 (since 1964-65)
At Bucknell: Bucknell leads, 23-4 (since 1964-65)
At Neutral Site: Bucknell leads, 3-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 29, 2011 (90-70 at Army)
Last Bucknell Win: Jan. 12, 2013 (76-55 at Bucknell)
Series Streak: Bucknell W5
Largest Army Margin: +46 (84-38, 1965-66)
Largest Bucknell Margin: +50 (75-25, 2/22/04)
► Dave Paulsen is in his fifth season at Bucknell. He has guided the Bison to back-to-back 25-win seasons, two straight Patriot League regular season titles and and NCAA berth in 2011.
► Bucknell finished the first half of the Patriot League schedule tied for first with a 6-1 record, The Bison's lone conference loss came to Lehigh, the other 6-1 team in the league. Bucknell's last game was a 69-54 home win over Navy. Bryson Johnson led the Bison with 20 points, including six three-pointers. Mike Muscala scored 11 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.
► Bucknell is led Muscala, the Patriot League's top scorer and rebounder. He is averaging a double-double of 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds for hte season. During conference play, Muscala is averaging 18.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest.
► Three other Bison are averaging in double figures -- Cameron Ayers (11.9), Bryson Johnson (11.3) and Joe Willman (11.1). Johnson is one of the top three-point shooters in the league at 42.4 percent (50-118).
UP NEXT ...
Army is back on the road next Wednesday at Lafayette. The Black Knights won the first meeting of the season at Christl Arena on Jan. 16. Army has lost its last three trips to Easton, and will go for its first season sweep of the Leopards since 2009.