Army Starts Road Swing At St. Francis (N.Y.)

Plebe Dylan Cox has started all three games.

Plebe Dylan Cox has started all three games.

Nov. 19, 2012

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The Last Meeting
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December 31, 2011
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Simmons' Second Half Shooting Leads Army To Win Over St. Francis (N.Y.)
Senior G Julian Simmons scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead Army (6-8) back from an eight-point halftime deficit in its 79-70 victory over St. Francis (N.Y.) (4-9) in men's basketball action at Christl Arena Saturday afternoon. Simmons made eight of his 10 shot attempts, including four of his five three-pointers after halftime.

Date: Nov. 20, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.
Venue: Pope PE Center
Capacity: 1,200
Series: Army leads, 7-6
Streak: Army W1
Last Meeting: Dec. 31, 2011
   at Army 79, St. Francis (N.Y.) 70

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the St. Francis 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: Knight Vision will carry a live audio stream of the game. Subscription fees apply.

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army starts a stretch of three straight road games on Tuesday night when they take on the St. Francis College Terriers. Tip-off at the Pope Physical Education Center is set for 7 p.m.
► The Black Knights will end the month of November having played just one game at home. Army won its lone November appearance at Christl Arena, taking out Binghamton, 85-76, last Friday. The Black Knights have won five straight non-conference home games.
► Freshman Kyle Wilson made an impressive home debut, scoring 25 points against the Bearcats. Wilson hit 9-of-11 shots from the floor, including all three of his three-point tries. It was the highest-scoring game by an Army rookie since Chris Spatola scored 26 against Cornell on Jan. 2, 1999. Wilson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for his effort.
► Senior forward Ella Ellis is back on top of the Black Knights’ scoring ledger at 15.7 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all three games this season and five straight overall. Since becoming a regular in the starting lineup as a sophomore, Ellis has been held to less than 10 points only six times in 63 games. Ellis is 23rd and rising on Army’s all-time scoring list with 1,084 points.
► Army has utilized 13 players this season, more than half of which are plebes. The Black Knights have played seven freshmen in 2012-13, including guard Dylan Cox and forward Tanner Plomb who have each started the first three games. Of the 13 players so far this season, only four have been upperclassmen — two juniors (Josh Herbeck & Andrew Stire) and two seniors (Ella Ellis & Jordan Springer).
► Junior guard Josh Herbeck got back on track in the win over Binghamton. Despite reaching double figures in the first two games, one of the top shooters in program history made just five of his first 21 three-point tries. Herbeck was 5-for-7 from deep against the Bearcats. He is a career 39.3 percent shooter from three-point range which is tied for fifth in Academy history.
► After two neutral site games and a home game, the road schedule starts on Tuesday at St. Francis. Army plays five of its next six games on its opposition’s home floor. The Black Knights were 3-11 on the road last season and 9-6 in the friendly confines of Christl Arena.

A WIN OVER ST. FRANCIS WOULD …
► Be Army’s third straight victory.
► Mark the second straight win over St. Francis and push Army’s series lead to 8-6.
► Improve Army’s record to 7-2 in their last nine non-conference games.
► Improve Army’s record to 6-4 in their last 10 games versus Division I teams from New York.
► Give Army a 1-0 start in games played on its opponent’s home court.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 40th win at West Point (39-53; fourth season).

THE ARMY-ST. FRANCIS SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series with St. Francis (N.Y.), 7-6. The history between the two squads dates back to the 1922-23 season.
► Army’s 79-70 win at Christl Arena last season snapped the Terriers’ four-game winning streak in the series.
 ► Prior to last season, the two teams had not met since the 2004-05 season.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1922-23 (Army, 35-14)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 7-6
At West Point: Army leads, 4-3 (since 1968)
At St. Francis: SFC leads, 3-0 (since 1968)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Dec. 31, 2011 (79-70 at West Point)
Last St. Francis Win: Dec. 4, 2004 (78-64 at SFC)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +31 (64-33; 12/18/68)
Largest SF Margin: +17 (69-52; 12/30/95)

ABOUT ST. FRANCIS
► The Terriers have been off since an 89-64 loss at Illinois on Nov. 12. Tuesday’s game is their first home appearance of the season.
► Army is the Terriers’ second Patriot League opponent of the young season. They started the campaign with a 76-65 win at Lafayette.
► Akeem Johnson is averaging 14.0 points per contest. Four Terriers are scoring in double figures, including Jalen Cannon’s double-double of 10.5 points and 12.0 rebounds.

THE YOUNG & THE TALENTED
► Army has played seven freshmen through the first three games. Only four upperclassmen have seen action this season.
► The seven plebes played a total of 293 minutes in the first three games.
Kyle Wilson is the leading scorer of the group at 14.7 points per game. Wilson scored 10 points in his first career game and poured in 25 points in his home debut against Binghamton.
Dylan Cox and Tanner Plomb have started all three games this season.
► Freshmen have accounted for 47.0 percent of Army’s points, 50.5 percent of its rebounds, 57.1 percent of its assists and 50.0 percent of its steals.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
► Even with the 85-76 win over Binghamton, Army is just 9-52 in its last 61 games when giving up at least 70 points. The Black Knights have lost 32 of their last 33 games when allowing 80-or-more points.
► In its last 37 losses, Army has allowed an average of 75.2 points per game. In its 24 victories during that span, Army gave up just 64.3 points per game.
► Dating back to 2008-09, Army has posted a 24-9 record when allowing foes less than 62 points.

UP NEXT ...
Army continues its three-game road stretch at Yale on Saturday, Nov. 24. Tip-off in New Haven is set for 2 p.m. The Bulldogs scored an 84-75 win at West Point last season.

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