Army Heads To Colgate For Patriot League Rematch

Whit Thornton is one of three Army freshmen to have appeared in at least 20 games this season.

Whit Thornton is one of three Army freshmen to have appeared in at least 20 games this season.

Feb. 14, 2012

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army will go for its second Patriot League sweep of the season when it heads to Colgate on Wednesday. Tip-off at Cotterell Court is slated for 7 p.m.  The Black Knights scored a 91-75 win at Christl Arena on Jan. 18, making an Academy record 16 three-pointers. Army has not defeated the Raiders twice in a season since 2004.

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Colgate 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: ITT Knight Vision will carry an audio stream of the Army Sports Network broadcast. A video streak is available via Patriot League All-Access on www.patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply.

ABOUT ARMY
► The Black Knights are coming off a 69-63 double-overtime win over arch-rival Navy. The victory marked the Black Knights’ first sweep of the Mids since 1992. Army led by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Mids came back to force overtime. The Black Knights trailed by four in the first extra session, but a layup by freshman G Maxwell Lenox with 1.8 seconds left sent the game into the second overtime. Army scored the first seven points and went on to the six-point victory.

► Army is currently in sixth place in the Patriot League standings at 4-6, three games ahead of Colgate. A victory over the Raiders would ensure Army at least a sixth-place finish, giving the Black Knights a four-game edge with three to play. Army is still mathematically alive to host a home game in the conference tournament. Army trails Lafayette (6-4) by two games, but the Leopards took both head-to-head meetings. The Black Knights are just one game behind fifth-place Holy Cross. Army defeated the Crusaders at West Point earlier this season and will square off in Worcester on Feb. 22.

Maxwell Lenox scored eight of his career-high 13 points in the extra session, including the game-tying layup in the first extra session. Lenox played all 10 minutes and did not commit a turnover. For the season, Lenox is Army’s highest-scoring plebe at 6.2 points per game. He leads the team in assists (76) and steals (27). Lenox’s 155 points are the most by an Army freshman since current senior Julian Simmons scored 207 points in his plebe season of 2008-09. Lenox’s 76 assists are the most by a plebe since Marcus Nelson handed out 78 helpers in 2006-07. The last Black Knight rookie to hand out 80 assists in a season was J.P. Spatola in 2000-01 (96).

► Sophomore G Josh Herbeck made three of Army’s six three-pointers in the win over Navy. Herbeck has hit 63 triples this season to move into a tie for 10th place on Army’s single-season list. He is four makes away from moving into sole possession of ninth place. Herbeck is on pace for Army’s best three-point shooting season since Jarell Brown set the record with 101 in 2007-08.

► Junior F Ella Ellis, the team’s top scorer at 18.3 points per game, has scored in double figures in 27 consecutive games, the longest streak by an Army player since Kevin Houston (1984-87).

A WIN OVER COLGATE WOULD …
► Give Army a season sweep of the Raiders for the first time since 2004.
► Be the first time the Black Knights won two straight games in Hamilton since 1971 and 1973.
► Be just the third time Army has won in Hamilton since joining the Patriot League (2-19).
► Mark the first time Army swept two Patriot League opponents since Lafayette and Bucknell in 2009.
► Assure the Black Knights no worse than the No. 6 seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
► Tie the all-time series with the Raiders at 55-55.

THE ARMY-COLGATE SERIES
► The Army-Colgate rivalry dates back to the 1904-05 season. Colgate leads the series, 55-54. The Raiders are the Black Knights’ second-most common opponent behind Navy (116 games).

► The Raiders have won 11 of the last 15 games against Army, but the Black Knights have won three of the last four. Six of the last 11 games have been decided by four points or less and/or in overtime.

► Colgate has won 19 of the 21 meetings in Hamilton during Patriot League play.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1904-05 (Army, 10-8)
All-Time Record: Colgate leads, 55-54
At West Point: Army leads, 27-22 (since 1950)
At Colgate: Colgate leads, 24-7 (since 1950)
At Neutral Site: Tied, 1-1
Last Army Win: Jan. 18, 2012 (91-76 at Army)
Last Colgate Win: Feb. 5, 2011 (77-71 at Colgate)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +38 (89-51, 1964-65)
Largest Colgate Margin: +30 (45-15, 1916-17)

ARMY STAT LEADERS
Scoring  Average: Ella Ellis (18.3)
FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Andrew Stire (.660)
3-PT FG Made: Josh Herbeck (63)
3-PT FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Josh Herbeck (.426)
Free Throws Made: Ella Ellis (126)
Free Throw Attempts: Ella Ellis (153)
Free Throw Pct. (min. 20 att.): Ella Ellis (.824)
Rebounding Average: Ella Ellis (4.9)
Assists: Maxwell Lenox (76)
Steals: Maxwell Lenox (27)
Blocked Shots: Ella Ellis (10)
Minutes/Game: Ella Ellis (30.7)

ABOUT COLGATE
► Former Temple and Penn assistant coach Matt Lengel is in his first season as the head coach at Colgate. Lengel spent the last five years on the Owls’ sideleine.

► The Raiders are 7-18 overall ond 1-9 in league play. Colgate has lost three in a row overall and five straight in conference play. The Raiders led Lehigh 58-57 with 13:17 left, but the Mountain Hawks went on a 27-3 run to seize control. Pat Moore scored a career-high 23 points, including seven three-pointers.

► The Raiders are averaging 63.7 points per game. Moore leads the team at 10.3 points per contest and has made a team-high 46 three-pointers. The sophomore is shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range. Mike Venezia is also scoring in double figures with 10.0 points per game. Venezia has made 45 triples while shooting 41.3 percent from deep. Mitch Rolls is scoring 8.6 points per game and leads the team with 2.4 assists per game. He is the third Colgate player to have made at least 40 three-pointers. He is 41-of-94 for a team-leading 43.6 percent accuracy rate.

► Nick Pascale is the team’s top rebounder at 5.0 boards per contest. John Brandenburg has blocked 21 shots and is shooting a team-high 52.7 percent.

JUST JOSHIN' AROUND
► Sophomore G Josh Herbeck has established himself as one of the top three-pointer shooters in the Patriot League. Herbeck is second in the league with 63 three-pointers and sixth in the conference with a 42.6 accuracy rate. In 10 Patriot League games, Herbeck and teammate Julian Simmons are tied for first with 28 three-pointers. Herbeck is shooting 49.1 percent in league play, the fifth-highest percentage.

► Herbeck (101) is just the fourth Army player to make 100 three-pointers in their first two seasons (Alex Morris — 111; Mark Lueking — 103; Julian Simmons — 100).

UP NEXT ...
Army returns home to face the American Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 18. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. The Eagles won the first meeting of the season at Bender Arena.

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