Feb. 18, 2014
Army vs. Colgate Game Notes
The Last Meeting
January 22, 2014
Army Survives Road Test At Colgate, 66-63
Dylan Cox tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, including the game-winning basket on a putback of his own miss with 21 seconds to go, to lead the Army men's basketball team (10-8, 6-1 PL) to a 66-63 win over Colgate (7-11, 1-6 PL) at Cotterell Court Wednesday night.
Date: Feb. 19, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Army leads, 57-56
Streak: Army W2
The Last Meeting: Army 66, at Colgate 63 (1/22/14)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast Wednesday’s game.
Web: Saturday’s game can be viewed free of charge at www.patriotleague.tv. An audio stream of Rich DeMarco’s play-by-play can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 9.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 18.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (So., 6-6, 205, 4.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 8.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
► The Black Knights return home to begin the home stretch of the regular-season schedule versus Colgate Wednesday night. Three of Army’s final four regular-season games will be played in the friendly confines of Christl Arena.
► Army is trying to snap a season-long three-game losing streak in Patriot League play. Despite the recent struggles, the Black Knights still occupy fourth place in the league standings. Army’s 8-6 record is one game ahead of fifth-place Bucknell. The Black Knights are trying to finish among the league’s top four for the second consecutive season, a program first. A win on Wednesday would assure the Black Knights could finish no lower than fifth.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 73-61 loss at Bucknell on Saturday. Army trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and were down eight at halftime before coming back to take a two-point lead with just more than eight minutes remaining. A 14-2 run by the Bison that included four straight three-pointers swung the advantage back to Bucknell. Tanner Omlid led Army with 12 points, his second straight game in double figures.
► The Army offense is trying to break out of a three-game shooting slump. During its current three-game losing streak, the Black Knights are shooting 41.1 percent overall (67-163) and just 32.3 percent from behind the three-point line (21-65). Army has also been struggling at the free throw line, going 26-for-46 (.565) at the stripe in that span. The Black Knights are the Patriot League’s scoring leader at 72.7 points per game despite scoring just 60.3 points per game during its losing streak.
► Even with just a scoring average of 10.5 points per game in the last four outings, Kyle Wilson is still the Patriot League’s leading scorer during conference games at 18.1 points per game. Wilson has scored 254 points through 14 Patriot League games, the fifth most in Academy history. His scoring average during league play also ranks fifth on Army’s single-season list.
► While Omlid has picked up his scoring load in the last two games (11.5 ppg), he has also etched his name in the Army defensive record book. His 48 steals is tied for sixth on the Black Knights’ single-season list, and are the most by an Army freshman. The overall record is 55 set by Josh Miller in 2007-08.
A WIN OVER COLGATE WOULD …
► Sweep the season series versus the Raiders for the second time in three years.
► Mark the first time Army has defeated Colgate three straight times since 1976-78.
► Break the program record for conference wins in a season. The 1986-87 team went 8-6 in the MAAC, while last year’s team was 8-6 in the Patriot League.
► Improve Army’s Patriot League record to 17-12 in the last two seasons, its largest two-year win total in school history.
► Snap Army’s season-long three-game conference losing streak.
► Be head coach Zach Spiker’s 66th win at West Point, the fifth most in program history.
THE ARMY-COLGATE SERIES
► The Army-Colgate rivalry dates back to the 1904-05 season. The Raiders are the Black Knights’ second-most common opponent behind arch-rival Navy.
► The 113 games in the all-time series have been nearly split down the middle. Army holds a slim 57-56 advantage.
► The Black Knights have won six of the last eight in the series. Eight of the last 15 games have been decided by four points or less and/or in overtime, including Army’s 66-63 win on the road earlier this season.
► After losing six straight games in Hamilton from 2004-10, Army has won three of its last four trips to Cotterell Court. Army has won the last two games at Christl Arena.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1904-05 (Army, 10-8)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 57-56
At West Point: Army leads, 28-22 (since 1950)
At Colgate: Colgate leads, 25-9 (since 1950)
At Neutral Site: Tied, 1-1
Last Army Win: Jan. 22, 2014 (66-63 at Colgate)
Last Colgate Win: Jan. 23, 2013 (93-90, OT at Colgate)
Series Streak: Army W2
Largest Army Margin: +38 (89-51, 1964-65)
Largest Colgate Margin: +30 (45-15, 1916-17)
► Matt Langel, a gradute of Penn, is in his third season as the head coach at Colgate. Langel spent the previous five years as an assistant coach at Temple.
► The Raiders are the best three-point shooting team in the Patriot League. Their 8.9 makes per game leads the conference, as does their .399 accuracy rate.
► Colgate is coming off a 71-61 loss at Navy. Austin Tillotson led the Radiers with 24 points, including four three-pointers. Murphy Burnatowski added 13 points.
► Colgate has four players averaging in double figures led by Burnatowski’s 14.5 points per contest. Tillotson, Ethan Jacobs and Damon Newsome-Sherman are at 13.5 points, 11.1 points and 11.0 points per game, respectively.
► Burnatowski’s 55 triples are a team-high, while Sherman-Newsome (43), Jacobs (41) and Tillotson (31) have all made at least 30. Luke Roh leads the team at 5.6 boards per game.
► Army took an Academy record 44 three-pointers against Air Force and has totaled 576 attempts, the fourth most in Academy history. Army’s 191 makes is fourth on the season ledger.
► The four highest three-point totals have all come in the last four seasons.
► The Black Knights shot just 26.7 percent from three-point range in the first seven games (56-210), losing six times in that span.
► The Black Knights are shooting 36.4 percent from deep in its 12 wins. In its 13 losses, Army has managed just a 30.7 accuracy rate.
► Since the start of 2009-10, Army has averaged 21.6 three-point attempts per game (3,134/145 games). The Black Knights are 16-27 in that span when taking at least 25 three-point shots.
UP NEXT …
Army plays its final regular-season road game at American Saturday afternoon. The game will be telecast by Comcast SportsNet Washington. The Eagles scored an 84-74 win in the first meeting at Christl Arena. Army’s victory at Bender Arena last season marked the first time the Black Knights defeated the Eagles in Washington, D.C. during the Patriot League era.