Nov. 18, 2011
Army vs. CCSU Game Notes
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - The Black Knights return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Central Connecticut. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the Central Connecticut game on the radio.
Web: A live audio stream will be available online via www.goARMYsports.com's Knight Vision package. Subscription fees apply. Seth Cantor will call the game from Detrick Gymnasium.
Army scored its first win of the 2011-12 season when it defeated Marywood, 95-40, on Wednesday night. The Black Knights' victory ended their 10-game losing streak that dated back to last season.
The Black Knights' are playing their third game of the season away from West Point. Army lost its first two games of the season at the All-Military Classic hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Black Knights' have lost eight straight road or neutral-site games.
Junior F Ella Ellis has picked up where he left off last season, leading the Black Knights in scoring at 15.0 points per game through the first three outings. Ellis is the only Army player to reach double figures in each of the games thus far. He has scored at least 10 points in 28 of his last 33 games. Ellis has struggled from three-point range so far, hitting only five of his first 16 attempts, but he has made up for it by converting at the free throw line. Sixteen of his 45 points have come at the stripe.
A trio of freshman guards have asserted themselves in the early going. Rookies Maxwell Lenox, Jalen Harris and Mo Williams have all scored in double figures at least once in the first three games. Williams, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, is Army's second-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game. Lenox started the first two games at point guard and currently leads the team with 11 assists and is the team's second-leading rebounder with 13 boards. Harris got the nod at the point against Marywood, scoring 11 points versus the Pacers.
The Black Knights have scored at least 70 points in each of the first three games, Army has not had a four-game stretch with at least 70 points since the 1998-99 season. The Black Knights have not averaged 70.0 points or better for an entire season since 2000-01 (72.0).
Army is trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since victories over Dartmouth and Colgate last season. The Black Knights' defeated the Big Green on Jan. 3 in their final non-conference game and opened Patriot League play with a win at Colgate on Jan. 8. The Black Knights are also trying to snap a 10-game skid against Division I teams. Army's last win against a Division I squad was a 90-70 vicotry over Patriot League champion Bucknell on Jan. 29, 2011.
ABOUT CENTRAL CONNECTICUT
Central Connecticut's match up with Army is the Blue Devils' first home game of the season. They began the year with a 73-69 loss to future Army opponent Yale at the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena. CCSU lost its last game at Niagara, 102-93 in overtime.
The Blue Devils are averaging 81.0 points per game in the early going. Freshman Kyle Vinales is off to a fast start to his college career, averaging a whopping 31.5 points per game. He scored 24 in the opener against Yale and followed with a 39-point performance in the loss to Niagara. Kinales has hit 21 of his 36 shot attempts (.583) overall and is 8-for-12 (.667) from three-point range. He was 6-for-8 from deep against the Purple Eagles.
Ken Horton is next on the scoring list at 20.5 points per contest. He has averaged a near double-double, pacing the team with 9.0 rebounds per contest. Robby Ptacek is the third Blue Devil in double figures at 11.5 points per contest.
The Blue Devils were picked to finish third in the Northeast Conference behind LIU and Robert Morris. Horton, last year's NEC Player of the Year, was a preseason All-NEC selection.
THE ARMY-CENTRAL CONNECTICUT SERIES
Army leads the all-time series with the Blue Devils, 6-3. The first meeting in the series dates back to the 1980-81 campaign. It is the second straight season the two teams have met since a 12-year hiatus.
Army has won five of the six meetings at West Point.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Jan. 3, 1981 (at Army, 60-57)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 6-3
At West Point: Army leads, 5-2
At Central Connecticut: Tied, 1-1
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Dec. 10, 1997 (at Army, 72-70)
Last CCSU Win: Nov. 15, 2010 (at Army, 101-87)
Series Streak: Central Connecticut W2
Largest Army Margin: +18 (84-66 at CCSU, Jan. 26, 1989)
Largest CCSU Margin: +14 (101-87 at Amry, Nov. 15, 2010)
ARMY VS. THE NORTHEAST CONFERENCE
Army went 1-2 against the NEC last season. It's lone victory came against Bryant, while the two losses were opposite LIU and Central Connecticut.
In the last three seasons, the Black Knights are 6-4 against the NEC. In 2008-09, Army scored wins over Bryant and Fairleigh Dickinson, while losing to Quinnipiac and LIU. In 2009-10, the Black Knights posted a 3-0 mark with victories against LIU, Bryant and FDU.
Army is 27-34 all-time against teams currently competing in the Northeast Conference. The CCSU game is the first of three versus the NEC this season (Bryant, St. Francis (N.Y.)).
Freshman F Whit Thornton did not play in the first two games of the season, but made his collegiate debut in the first half of the win over Marywood.
Thornton grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds against the Pacers, including five offensive boards. It was the highest rebounding total by an Army player since Corban Bates snared 14 caroms against Navy on Feb. 5, 2006.
Freshman G Mo Williams has played in all three games, starting the last two. He scored 15 points in his collegiate debut versus Air Force, the most points by a plebe in their first game since Matt Bell had 20 against Columbia to open the 2003-04 season.
UP NEXT ...
Army opens a three-game homestand when it hosts Bryant on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.