Nov. 14, 2013
Army vs. NJIT Game Notes
Date: Nov. 15, 2013 | Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y. | Venue: Christl Arena | Capacity: 5,043
Series: Army leads, 3-2
Streak: NJIT W2
Last Year’s Result: at NJIT 69, Army 67 (12-11-13)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the NJIT game.
Web: An audio and video stream will be available on Knight Vision at www.goARMYsports.com. Rich DeMarco will call the action live from Christl Arena. Subscription fees apply.
► Army opens the home portion of its schedule on Friday night when it welcomes the NJIT Highlanders to Christl Arena. The Black Knights have won their home debut in each of the last five seasons.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 1-1 showing at the All-Military Classic at VMI. Army opened the campaign with a 79-68 loss to Air Force, but rebounded to take an 84-69 decision in the consolation game versus The Citadel.
► Army has come out of the gate firing, taking 75 three-point shots in the first two games, including an Academy record 44 attempts versus Air Force. The Black Knights’ 75 long-range shots account for 58.6 percent of their total field goal tries in the first two games. Army is 21-for-75 (.280) from deep entering Friday’s game. The Black Knights have made 58.5 percent of their two-point attempts (31-53).
► Army’s roster continues to be stacked with young players. Of the 11 Black Knights that have played in each of the first two games, eight of them are freshmen (2) and sophomores (6). Army has just one senior, Josh Herbeck, on the roster. Maxwell Lenox and Mo Williams represent the junior class in that group of 11. Army’s starting five in the first two games has been four sophomores and Herbeck.
► Sophomore Kyle Wilson, last season’s unanimous choice as Patriot League Rookie of the Year, led the team in scoring at the All-MIlitary Classic. Wilson comes into Friday’s game averaging 15.0 points per game. He scored 10 points in the opener against Air Force and posted his eight career 20-point game in the win over The Citadel.
► Rookie Tanner Omlid made an impressive debut against the Falcons, pouring in a team-high 18 points, including four of the team’s 12 three-pointers. Omlid averaged 11.5 per game at the All-Military Classic. leading the team with five makes from long distance. The 2012 Oregon Player of the Year is averaging only 12.5 minutes of action per game off the bench.
► Sophomore center Kevin Ferguson posted eight blocked shots in the first two games to move into a tie for eighth on Army’s career list. He has blocked 43 shots in 33 career games.
A WIN OVER NJIT WOULD …
► Increase Army’s lead in the all-time series to 4-2.
► Be Army’s ninth win in its last 10 non-conference home games.
► Be the Black Knights’ second consecutive win.
► Mark the sixth straight season Army has won its home opener.
► End NJIT’s two-game winning streak in the series.
► Be the Black Knights’ eighth win in their last 11 games dating back to last season.
► Be head coach Zach Spiker’s 55th victory at West Point (54-68), tying him for seventh on Army’s all-time wins list.
The Last Meeting
December 11, 2012
Army Loses At NJIT, 69-67
Chris Flores's layup with one second left propelled the NJIT Highlanders (5-4) to a 69-67 victory over Army (4-5) at the Fleisher Athletic Center Tuesday night. The basket capped a 7-0 run during the final 1:21.
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
G - #14 Matt Gramling (So., 6-3, 190, 5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 15.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
THE ARMY-NJIT SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series, 3-2, but the Highlanders have won the last two meetings. NJIT’s last visit to Christl Arena resulted in a 54-53 Highlander victory.
► The last three meetings have been decided by a total of six points. The Black Knights won the 2010-11 meeting by three on a halcourt buzzer beater by Jeremy Hence. Army missed a last-second shot in a one-point loss in 2011-12, and the Highlanders scored with one second left to cap a 7-0 run in last season’s two-point victory.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 6, 2006 (Army, 60-40)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 3-2
At West Point: Army leads, 1-1
At NJIT: Army leads, 2-1
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Nov. 18, 2010 (63-60 at NJIT)
Last NJIT Win: Dec. 11, 2013 ( 69-67 at NJIT)
Series Streak: NJIT W2
Largest Army Margin: +20 (60-40; 12/6/06)
Largest NJIT Margin: +2 (69-67; 12/11/13)
► The Highlanders are under the leadership of sixth-year head coach Jim Engles. Engles, a 1990 graduate of Dickinson, is 57-97 during his tenure, but boasts a 46-46 since the start of the 2010-11 season. A long-time assistant, Engles served on the staffs at Wagner, Rider and Columbia before taking the job at NJIT.
► NJIT is the only independent team in Division I this season. The Highlanders had been members of the Great West Conference, but that conference no longer exists. Several former members joined the Western Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 season.
► The Highlanders are 0-2 this season, suffering road losses at Tulane and Albany. NJIT led the Great Danes by three with 2:14 left, but Albany neded the game on a 12-3 run. Sophomore Terrence Smith scored 19 points to lead the Highlanders. Ky Howard, another sophomore, added 15 points.
► Freshman Damon Lynn leads NJIT at 17.5 points per game. He scored 21 in his collegiate debut. Smith is averaging 14.5 per game, while Daquan Holiday is the team’s top rebounder at 7.0 boards per game.
► The Black Knights have been able to make Christl Arena a tough place for visiting teams. Of Army’s 54 wins since the start of the 2009-10 season, 32 have come on the banks of the Hudson.
► Army is 32-22 overall at home in that span.
► The Black Knights have been particularly strong at home during non-conference play. Army is 21-5 at home versus non-Patriot League foes in the last four seasons. The Black Knights have not lost more than two non-conference home games since Zach Spiker’s arrival.
UP NEXT …
Army wraps up its brief, two-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 19 when it hosts Delaware. Army owns a 13-1 all-time series advantage versus the Blue Hens, however the two teams have not met since the 1987-88 season. Delaware scored a 69-56 win on its home floor on Dec. 8, 1987. The Blue Hens have not visited West Point since Dec. 5, 1983 when the Black Knights earned a 71-63 victory.