Army Off To BU For Patriot League Semifinals

Dylan Cox had 11 points in the win at Bucknell.

Dylan Cox had 11 points in the win at Bucknell.

March 7, 2014

Army vs. BU Notes -- PL Semis Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
Boston University71
Army70
February 26, 2014
West Point, N.Y.
Ferguson Posts Double-Double In 71-70 Loss To BU
Army's Kevin Ferguson posted a double-double with a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, and tied his own Academy record with six blocked shots, but Boston University (21-9, 14-3 PL) was able to hold off the Black Knights (13-15, 9-8 PL) 71-70 in Patriot League men's basketball action at Christl Arena Wednesday night.

Date: Mar. 8, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Boston, Mass.
Venue: Agganis Arena
Capacity: 7,200
Series: BU leads, 11-6
Streak: BU W6
The Last Meeting: BU 71, at Army 70 (2/26/14)

ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: CBS Sports Network will broadcast Saturday’s game. Former Army standout Chris Spatola (analyst) and Jason Knapp (play-by-play) will call the action.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast Saturday’s semifinal. It can 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 of Rich DeMarco’s play-by-play can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.

PROBABLE ARMY STARTERS
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G - #55 Tanner Omlid (Fr., 6-3, 215, 5.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 18.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 10.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 9.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army makes its fifth Patriot League semifinal appearance in the last eight years when it travels to top-seeded Boston University Saturday afternoon. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS Sports Network. The Black Knights are the only team to have made it to the conference semis in each of the past two seasons. Army is 0-6 all-time in the Patriot League semifinals, all of them as the lower seed.
► The Terriers took both games during the regular season by a combined six points. In the first meeting, the Black Knights overcame a 22-point deficit in the second half to force overtime before succuming, 86-81. BU secured the season sweep with a 71-70 win at Christl Arena. The Black Knights appeared to have hit the game-winner at the buzzer, but a video replay overturned the call and gave the Terriers the victory.
► Army is coming off a 72-71 win in the quarterfinals at Bucknell. The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Bison in the postseason and a six-game road losing streak in the Patriot League Tournament. The Black Knights trailed by seven with less than three minutes to go, but ended the game on a 9-1 run. All nine points were scored by Kyle Wilson, including the game-winner with 12.5 seconds left. Wilson finished with a game-high 19 points. Dylan Cox and Kevin Ferguson also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Ferguson grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots.
► While Wilson, the team’s leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, has been at or near the top of the Patriot League scoring list for most of the season, Cox and Ferguson have taken on an expanded offensive role in recent weeks. Cox’s 14 double-digit scoring games are second on the team. He has scored at least 10 points 11 times since the start of Patriot League play and is averaging 11.3 points in the last eight outings. Ferguson has scored at least 10 points in a career-high five straight games. He is averaging 15.0 points and shooting 88.6 percent (31-35) in that span. He posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the last game against Boston University.

PATRIOT LEAGUE SEMIFINAL APPEARANCES SINCE 2007
American -- 7
Army -- 5
Bucknell -- 5
Holy Cross -- 4
Lafayette -- 4
Lehigh    -- 4
Colgate    -- 2
Boston University -- 1

A WIN OVER BOSTON UNIVERSITY WOULD …
► Put Army in the Patriot League title game for the first time in program history.
► End the Black Knights’ six-game losing streak in the Patriot League semifinals.
► Mark the first time Army won two straight postseason games since the 1970 NIT.
► End the No. 1 seed’s 23 game winning streak in the Patriot League semifinals.
► Snap Army’s six-game losing streak against the Terriers.
► Improve Army’s road record to 8-7, the most road wins in a season since 1976-77 (10).
► Mark the first time Army won at least 16 games in consecutive seaons since 1976-77 and 1977-78.
► Be head coach Zach Spiker’s 69th win at West Point, the fifth most by an Army coach.

THE ARMY-BU SERIES
► Boston University leads the all-time series, 11-6. Regular foes through the 1950s and ‘60s, the January 2014 meeting was the first since Dec. 12, 1994.
► The Terriers own a six-game winning streak in the series. Army’s last win was on Jan. 28, 1967 when the Bob Knight led Black Knights scored a 91-47 home victory.
► BU is 2-0 versus Army in Patriot League play. Both games were decided by a total of six points, including an overtime game in the Black Knights’ last trip to Agganis Arena.
► BU has won five of the six meetings on their home court. Army’s lone win on the road came on Feb. 19, 1966.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Jan. 8, 1955 (BU, 73-70)
All-Time Record: Boston Unviersity leads, 10-6
At West Point: Boston University leads, 6-5
At Boston University: Boston University leads, 1-5
At Neutral Site: ---
Last Army Win: Jan. 28, 1966 (91-47 at Army)
Last BU Win: Feb. 26, 2014 (71-70 at Army)
Series Streak: Boston University W6
Largest Army Margin: +44 (91-47, 1/28/67)
Largest BU Margin: +20 (103-83, 12/12/94)

ABOUT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
► Joe Jones is in his third season as the head coach at Boston Univeristy. Jones was the head coach at Columbia from 2003-10. He has been on the staffs of Boston College (2010-11), Villanova (1997-2003) and Hofstra (1994-97).
► The Terriers earned the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament by posting a 15-3 mark in conference play.
► BU opened the postseason with a decisive 91-54 win over ninth-seeded Lafayette. The Terriers shot a Patriot League Tournament record 66.1 percent. Maurice Watson Jr., scored a game-high 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists. D.J. Irving (17) and Travis Robinson (14) were also in double figures.
► Watson was a first-team All-Patriot League pick. He leads the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game and assists (214). Irving, a second-team selection, is scoring 12.3 points per contest, while Dom Morris is averaging 11.3 points per game. Cedric Hankerson (6.1 ppg) picked up Patriot League All-Rookie honors. John Papale has made a team-high 66 three-pointers.

KYLE WILSON’S NOTABLE FINISHES
Army 91, Loyola 82
— Scored 10 of his 18 points in the final 5:29 after the Greyhounds cut the Army lead to two points. Made all six of his free throw attempts in the final minute.
Army 79, Lehigh 76
— Scored a team-high 23 points. Went 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 26 seconds to preserve the three-point victory.
Army 60, Navy 55
— Scored all 12 of his points in the second-half, including nine of the Black Knights’ last 10 points. Hit a three-pointer to beat the shot clock that gave Army a seven-point lead with 2:16 left.
Army 74, Bucknell 67
— Scored 17 points in the second half, including his last 12 free throw tries. Was 6-for-6 from the line in the final 35 seconds.
Army 66, Colgate 63
— Scored all 15 of his points in the last 11:40 of the game. First basket was a three-pointer that capped a 17-4 run, giving Army a two-point lead. Was 6-for-7 from the line, including two that set the final margin.
Army 77, Loyola 71
— Scored 14 of his 25 points in the final 5:15 to help Army build a 12-point lead. Made his final four free throw attempts in the last 20 seconds after the Greyhounds cut the Army advantage to just two points.
Army 74, Colgate 66
— Scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the second half. Tallied the first seven points in a 9-0 run that pushed Army’s lead from 60-57 to 69-57 with 1:44 to go. Went 5-for-6 from the line in the last 1:27.
Army 87, Lafayette 84
— Scored eight of his 28 points in the final 3:27 after Lafayette cut Army’s nine-point lead to two points. Was 4-for-4 from the line in the final 33 seconds.
Army 72, Bucknell 71 | PL Quarterfinals
— Scored Army’s last nine points as the Black Knights overcame a seven-point deficit in the last three minutes. Tied the game with a three-pointer and hit the game-winner with 12.5 seconds left.

UP NEXT …
The winner will advance to the championship game on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Army would travel to either American or Holy Cross, while the Terriers would host the Eagles or Crusaders.

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