Army & Lafayette Set For Mid-Week Match Up

Kevin Ferguson has blocked a team-high 21 shots this season.

Kevin Ferguson has blocked a team-high 21 shots this season.

Feb. 12, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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January 16, 2013
West Point, N.Y.
Army Earns First League Win, 77-54, Over Lafayette
Ella Ellis scored 23 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Army (8-9, 1-1 PL) to a 77-54 win over Lafayette (8-11, 1-1 PL) Wednesday night at Christl Arena. The Black Knights were able to withstand the Leopards' second-half run that cut a 21-pont lead to nine points, and outscored the Leopards 19-5 over the final 8:42.

Date: Feb. 13, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Easton, Pa.
Venue: Kirby Sports Center
Capacity: 3,500
Series: Lafayette leads, 39-24
Streak: Army W1
Last Meeting: Jan. 16, 2013
  at Army 77, Lafayette 54

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Lafayette 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 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.

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► After a two-game homestand, the Black Knights are back on the road Wednesday night to face the Lafayette Leopards. It is Army’s third straight game against the three teams that occupy the top spots in the Patriot League standings.
► Army scored a 77-54 home win against Lafayette on Jan. 16. The victory stopped the Leopards’ six-game winning streak against the Black Knights. Army has not swept the season series from Lafayette since the 2008-09 campaign.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 60-58 loss versus Bucknell. Army trailed by as many as 11 in the second half, but trimmed their deficit to just two on a pair of occasions. Plebe Kyle Wilson scored 14 points to lead the team, while classmate Larry Toomey and senior Ella Ellis each added 10 markers.
► Wilson, a four-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, is Army’s second-leading scorer at 12.9 points per game. He is the Patriot League’s top scoring rookie both overall and in conference games (14.4 ppg). The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has scored 297 points this season, putting him seventh on the Black Knights’ plebe scoring ledger. He is Army’s most productive rookie since the 1992-93 season (Alex Morris, 346 points).
► Army has started at least two freshmen in all 22 games, at least three rookies in 17 straight contests, and at least four freshmen in each of the last four games. The Black Knights started five plebes (Wilson, Toomey, Dylan Cox, Kyle Toth, Kevin Ferguson) during a three-game stretch from Jan. 26-Feb. 3. The Black Knights’ newcomers have accounted for 55.8 percent of the team’s points, 53.7 percent of its rebounds, 63.0 percent of its assists and 59.1 percent of its steals.
► Despite the emergence of all the youngsters, Ellis is still Army’s top scorer at 16.5 points per game, the third-best average in the Patriot League. Ellis stands ninth on Army’s career scoring list with 1,416 points. He is 29 shy of passing former first-team All-Patriot League selection Jarell Brown (2004-08) for eighth place. With at least seven games remaining, Ellis needs 21 points, 14 rebounds and 18 assists to become Army’s first player since Randy Cozzens in 1982-85 to post three straight seasons of at least 400 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists.

A WIN OVER LAFAYETTE WOULD …
► Mark Army’s first season sweep of the Leopards since 2009.
► Be Army’s second straight road victory.
► Keep Army in at least a tie for fifth place and potentially a fourth-place tie depending on other outcomes.
► Snap the Black Knights’ three-game skid at the Kirby Sports Center.
► Give Army at least 11 wins for the sixth straight season.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 48th win at West Point (47-65; fourth season).

PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg -- Averaging 10.3 points in his 17 starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg -- Leads PL with 4.6 A/TO during league play)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 16.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg -- Ranks 9th on Army career scoring list (1,416))
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 12.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg -- 7th highest scoring plebe in Army history)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg -- Leads the team with 21 blocked shots)

THE ARMY-LAFAYETTE SERIES
► The Leopards lead the all-time series, 39-24. Since Patriot League play began in 1990-91, Lafayette has won 31 of the 46 meetings.
► Army ended a six-game losing streak against Lafayette with its 77-54 win at West Point on Jan. 16. The Leopards own a 6-4 advantage in the last 10 games.
► Army has lost eight of the last nine games at the Kirby Sports Center, but have won four of the last seven games at Christl Arena.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1926 (Army, 44-9)
All-Time Record: Lafayette leads, 39-24
At West Point: Lafayette leads, 15-13 (since 1972)
At Lafayette: Lafayette leads, 23-5 (since 1972)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Jan. 16, 2013 (77-54 at Army)
Last Lafayette Win: Feb. 8, 2012 (90-74 at Army)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +35 (44-9, 1926)
Largest Lafayette Margin: +36 (76-40, 1/14/04)

ABOUT LAFAYETTE
► Fran O’Hanlon is the longest-tenured coach in the Patriot League with 18 seasons at the helm of the Leopards. The 1970 Villanova graduate has won three league titles and has taken the Leopards to the NCAA Tournament twice.
► The Leopards have won seven of their last 10 games and currently occupy third place in the Patriot League standings with a 5-3 record. Lafayette started the second half of league play with a 70-47 win at Navy. Joey Ptasinski led the team with 15 points, including four three-pointers. Seth Hinrichs posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
► Hinrichs is one of four players averaging in double figures with a team-high 14.6 points per game. Dan Trist is next at 12.7 points, while Tony Johnson and Ptasinski score 11.0 and 10.0 points per game, respectively. Hinrichs is also the team’s top rebounder at 5.2 per contest.
► Hinrichs (59) and Ptasinski (54) have each made more than 50 three-pointers this season. As a team, the Leopards are second in the Patriot Leauge in both triples per game (8.0) and three-point percentage (.377).

UP NEXT …
Army plays its second straight road game on Saturday when it faces arch-rival Navy. Saturday’s game is the annual “Star” Game with the winner taking the Alumni Trophy. Army is going for its second straight Star win, a first for the program since a three-game streak from 1976-78.

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