Army Hosts American In Patriot League Quarterfinals

Kyle Toth has made 52 three-pointers this season.

Kyle Toth has made 52 three-pointers this season.

March 5, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Army72
American58
February 23, 2013
Washington, D.C.
Army Scores Milestone Win At American
Trailing by three with 18:50 left in the second half, Army (14-13, 7-5 PL) embarked on a 35-10 run to overtake American (10-17, 5-7) and earn a 72-58 milestone victory at Bender Arena Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights have won four Patriot League games in a row for the first time in school history and extended their Academy record with their fourth straight road win in Patriot League play.

Date: Mar. 6, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Capacity: 5,043
Series: American leads, 24-5
Streak: Army W2
Last Meeting: Feb. 23, 2013 (Army 72, at American 58)

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the American 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 and video stream will be available at www.goARMYsports.com and www.patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply at both web sites.

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► For just the second time under the current postseason format (since 2007), the Black Knights will host a Patriot League Tournament game. Army is the No. 4 seed and earned the right to host fifth-seeded American. The Black Knights were also the fourth seed in 2009, defeating No. 5 Lehigh at Christl Arena.
► The Black Knights won both regular season games versus the Eagles. Army scored a 77-64 win at Christl Arena on Jan. 26 and a 72-58 win in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23. It was the first time Army swept the Eagles series with the Eagles and its first win at American in the Patriot League era.
► Army completed its most successful regular season in 28 years. The Black Knights enter postseason play above .500 for the first time since 1984-85, and a win on Wednesday would secure their first winning season since that campaign (16-13). Army’s eight Patriot League wins were also a program record.
► The Black Knights were well represented on the Patriot League awards list announced on Monday. Zach Spiker was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year, while Kyle Wilson was a unanimous selection as Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Spiker is the program’s first conference coach of the year since 2002, and Wilson is the first Black Knight to take the top rookie honor since 1993. Wilson led all Patriot League rookies with a 13.0 points-per-game average.
► Senior Ella Ellis was one of three unanimous first-team All-Patriot League choices. He is Army’s first two-time first-team pick since Mark Lueking won three certificates from 1994-96. Ellis enters the postseason as the league’s second-best scorer at 18.0 points per game. He was also second during league play at 18.6 points per game.
► Ellis is on one of the best scoring binges in recent Army history. Ellis, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, has scored at least 30 points in the last two games and has reached that plateau in three of the last four outings. He is the first Army player since Lueking in 1995-96 to have consecutive 30-point games. Lueking was also the last Black Knight to have a run of three straight 30-point games (1993-94).

A WIN OVER AMERICAN WOULD …
► Clinch the Black Knights’ first winning season since a 16-13 record in 1984-85.
► Secure Army’s sixth appearance in the Patriot League semifinals.
► Snap the Black Knights’ four-game postseason losing streak.
► Be Army’s sixth win in the last seven games.
► Mark the first time since 1986-87 Army defeated a team three times in one season (Fordham).
► Be the Black Knights’ first postseason victory versus American (0-4).

PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg -- Patriot League All-Rookie Team member)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg -- Led PL during conference play with 3.3 A/TO)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 18.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg -- Named first-team All-Patriot League)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 13.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg -- Patriot League Rookie of the Year)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 3.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg -- Army rookie record 28 blocked shots)

THE ARMY-AMERICAN SERIES
► American leads the all-time series with the Black Knights, 24-5. Army swept the regular season series for the first time this season.
► Army’s win at Bender Arena on Feb. 23, 2013 snapped a 14-game road losing streak versus the Eagles. It was Army’s first win in Washington, D.C. since the 1963-64 season.
► Army has won three of the last six meetings at West Point, including a 77-64 win on Jan. 26.
► Army is 0-4 versus the Eagles in Patriot League Tournament play, including a 57-40 defeat at Bender Arena in last season’s quarterfinal.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 23, 1963 (Army, 100-70)
All-Time Record: American leads, 24-4
At West Point: American leads, 9-3
At American: American leads, 14-2
At Neutral Site: American leads, 1-0
Last Army Win: Feb. 23, 2013 (72-58 at American)
Last AU Win: Feb. 29 , 2012 (57-40 at American)
Series Streak: Army W2
Largest Army Margin: +30 (100-70, 12/23/63)
Largest American Margin: +35 (72-37, 1/21/05)

ABOUT AMERICAN
► Jeff Jones is in his 13th season as the head coach at American. Jones has guided the Eagles to four 20-win seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2008, 2009). Jones also served eight seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Virginia.
► American finished the regular season with a 10-19 overall mark and a 5-9 Patriot League record. The Eagles tied with Colgate, but their two wins over the Raiders earned the tiebreaker.
► The Eagles enter the postseason on a four-game losing streak. American lost its regular-season finale at Lafayette, 80-72. Five Eagles reached double figures led by Daniel Munoz’s 13 points.
► Lumpkins, a second-team All-Patriot League pick, leads the Eagles in both scoring (14.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.5 rpg).
► John Schoof is statistically, the best three-point shooter in the leauge. He leads the conference with 2.4 triples per game and is hitting 51.1 percent from deep. He is one of only two players in the conference to have made 70-or-more threes in the regular season.

ARMY IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
1990-91 ► HART CENTER (HOLY CROSS)
(4) Bucknell 67, (5) Army 49
1991-92 ► STABLER ARENA (LEHIGH)
(2) Bucknell 74, (7) Army 55
1992-93
at (2) Holy Cross 85, (7) Army 68
1993-94 ► ALUMNI HALL (NAVY)
(1) Navy 96, (8) Army 84
1994-95 ► CHRISTL ARENA (ARMY)
(7) Army 94, (2) Bucknell 78
(3) Navy 70, Army 59
1995-96 ► HART CENTER (HOLY CROSS)
(7) Army 64, (2) Navy 58
(3) Holy Cross 68, Army 65
1996-97 ► STABLER ARENA (LEHIGH)
(3) Colgate 104, (6) Army 79
1997-98 ► ALUMNI HALL (NAVY)
(2) Navy 79, (7) Army 52
1998-99 ► CHRISTL ARENA (ARMY)
(4) Colgate 77, (5) Army 56
1999-00 ► KIRBY FIELD HOUSE (LAFAYETTE)
(2) Lafayette 71, (7) Army 45
2000-01 ► ALUMNI HALL (NAVY)
(2) Navy 92, (7) Army 73
2001-02 ► SHOW PLACE ARENA (UPPER MARLBORO, MD.)
(3) Bucknell 70, (6) Army 59
2002-03 ► SHOW PLACE ARENA (UPPER MARLBORO, MD.)
(1) Holy Cross 54, (8) Army 40
2003-04 ► SHOW PLACE ARENA (UPPER MARLBORO, MD.)
(2) American 65, (7) Army 48
2004-05 ► HART CENTER (HOLY CROSS)
(1) Holy Cross 76, (8) Army 42
2005-06 ► SOJKA PAVILION (BUCKNELL)
(1) Bucknell 59, (8) Army 47
2006-07
(6) Army 47, at (3) Lehigh 46
at (2) Bucknell 68, Army 47
2007-08
(5) Army 64, at (4) Lehigh 61 (OT)
at (1) American 72, Army 60
2008-09
at (4) Army 53, (5) Lehigh 50
at (1) American 61, Army 60
2009-10
at (1) Lehigh 64, (8) Army 45
2010-11
at (1) Bucknell 78, (8) Army 51
2011-12
at (3) American 57, (6) Army 40

UP NEXT …
The winner of Wednesday’s game will face the winner of the No. 8 Navy at No. 1 Bucknell contest. If Bucknell wins, the Army/American winner will travel to Lewisburg. If the Mids win, the Black Knights or Eagles would host the semifinal round.

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