Army Wraps Road Stretch At Bryant

Tanner Plomb is one of two plebes to start all five games.

Tanner Plomb is one of two plebes to start all five games.

Nov. 30, 2012

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The Last Meeting
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November 22, 2011
West Point, N.Y.
Defense, Three-Point Shooting Carry Army To Win Over Bryant
In a game that saw Army set school records for three-pointers made and attempted, it was the Black Knights' defense that came through in crunch time of their 69-65 win over Bryant (1-4) on Tuesday night at Christl Arena. After the Bulldogs overcame a seven-point deficit to tie the game at 65-65, the Black Knights did not allow a point for the final four minutes, 27 seconds.

Date: Dec. 1, 2012
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Smithfield, R.I.
Venue: Chace Athletic Center
Capacity: 2,600
Series: Army leads, 5-0
Streak: Army W5
Last Meeting: Nov. 22, 2011
   at Army 69, Bryant 65

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Bryant 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
► The Black Knights wrap up their three-game road stretch on Saturday when they travel to Smithfield, R.I., to take on the Bryant Bulldogs. Army has split the first two games on its road journey, winning at St. Francis (N.Y.) and losing in double overtime at Yale last time out.
► Army will carry a five-game winning streak over the Bulldogs into Saturday’s game. The two teams have played each of the past four seasons. Army has won its only two previous meetings to the Chace Athletic Center.
► Senior forward Ella Ellis carries a 19.8 points per game scoring average into this weekend’s action. Ellis is coming off a career-high 37-point effort at Yale. The Houston native hit 10-of-20 shots from the field, including three three-pointers, and knocked down 14 of his 15 free throw opportunities. Ellis scored 16 of the Black Knights’ 17 points in the two overtimes.
► Ellis moved into the top 20 on Army’s all-time scoring list with 1,136 career points. He is tied for sixth on the Black Knights’ all-time three-point ledger with 133 triples.
► Ellis’s 37-point game at Yale was the highest-scoring game by an Army player since Mark Lueking scored 41 against Wesley on Jan. 30, 1996. It was the best scoring performance against a Division I opponent since Lueking went for 43 against Bucknell on March 4, 1995.
► Freshman Kyle Wilson continued the solid start to his collegiate career with 10 points at Yale. It was his fourth double-digit scoring game in his first five outings. Wilson is the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.4 points per game, and his knocking down a team-high 46.7 percent of his three-pointers (7-15).
► Wilson has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week each of the past two Mondays. He is the first Army player since Julian Simmons in 2008-09 to win the award more than once in a season, and the first Black Knight since J.P. Spatola in 2000-01 to capture the honor in consecutive weeks.
► Seven of the 13 Army players that saw action at Yale were freshmen. Army has played eight plebes so far in 2012-13. Rookie Dylan Cox leads the Black Knights with 14 assists and is tied for the team lead with 21 rebounds (Ella Ellis).

A WIN OVER BRYANT WOULD …
► Be Army’s fourth win in the last five games.
► Run the Black Knights’ winning streak to six games versus Bryant.
► Be the Black Knights’ third victory in their last five games on opponents’ home courts.
► Improve Army’s record to 8-3 in their last 11 non-conference games.
► Mark the third time in Zach Spiker’s four seasons Army has started 4-2 or better.
► Be Army’s third straight win in the state of Rhode Island.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 41st win at West Point (40-54; fourth season).

PROBABLE STARTERS    
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G - #23 Josh Herbeck (Jr., 6-3, 190, 10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 19.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (Fr., 6-7, 200, 4.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 3.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

THE ARMY-BRYANT SERIES
► Army has won the previous five meetings with Bryant on the hardwood.
► The Black Knights are 3-0 at West Point and 2-0 at the Chace Athletic Center.
► This is the fifth consecutive year that Army and Bryant have played each other.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Feb. 19, 1979 (Army, 76-61)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 5-0
At West Point: Army leads, 3-0
At Bryant: Army leads, 2-0
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Nov. 22, 2011 (69-65 at West Point)
Last Bryant Win: N/A
Series Streak: Army W5
Largest Army Margin: +15 (76-61; 2/19/79)
Largest Bryant Margin: N/A

ABOUT BRYANT
► Tim O’Shea is in his fifth season as the head coach at Bryant. He took over the program as it began its transition to Division I. The Bulldogs are now a full D-I member and eligible for the postseason. O’Shea was the head coach at Ohio University for seven seasons.
► After back-to-back road losses to No. 1 Indiana and Providence to start the season, the Bulldogs have won their last three games. They are coming off a 56-54 win at Boston College last Sunday.
► Like Army, Bryant has spent the majority of the early going on the road. The Bulldogs are making just their second home appearance of the season. In its first home game, Bryant scored a 76-64 win over New Hampshire.
► Dyami Starks scored 17 points, and Frankie Dobbs added 15, in the win over Boston College. Starks, a transfer from Columbia, was the NEC Player of the Week. He scored a career-high 25 points in the team’s victory over Brown.
► Starks, Alex Francis and Dobbs are all averaging in double figures. Starks is scoring a team-high 15.8 points, while Francis, the team’s leading rebounder (8.6) is at 15.0 points per contest. Dobbs is scoring 12.0 points per game.
► Dobbs has been the team’s top distributor with 18 assists and just 10 turnovers.

SCOREBOARD WATCHING
► Army is averaging 76.0 points through the first five games. The Black Knights have not averaged 70-or-more points in a season since the 2000-01 team scored 72.0 points per contest.
► Army’s chances for success increase dramatically when scoring at least 70 points. The Black Knights own a record of 34-17 in the last 51 games when scoring at least 70 points. Army is 181-37 (.830) all-time when scoring at least 80 in a game.
► Sixty (60) points is usually Army’s magic number. The Black Knights are 50-37 in their last 87 games when reaching the 60-point mark. Conversely, Army has won just 13 of its last 62 games when not scoring at least 60 points (13-49).
► Army has dropped 15 straight when scoring less than 50 points. The Black Knights have lost 116 of their last 117 games when failing to reach the 50-point mark.

UP NEXT ...
Army plays its first home games since Nov. 16 when it hosts Hudson Valley rival Marist. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 7 p.m.

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