Dec. 6, 2012
Army vs. Penn State Game Notes
Date: Dec. 8, 2012
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: University Park, Pa.
Venue: Bryce Jordan Center
Series: Penn State leads, 23-17
Streak: Penn State W3
Last Meeting: Dec. 10, 2008
at Penn State 60, Army 45
ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: Saturday’s game will air live on the Big Ten Network. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Sean Harrington (analyst) have the call.
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the Penn State game.
Web: An audio stream is available at www.goPSUsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
► After a quick, one-game stop at Christl Arena, the Black Knights are back on the road for the next two games starting with Saturday’s matinee at Penn State. Army has played five of its first seven games away from West Point.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 91-57 victory against Hudson Valley rival Marist at Christl Arena on Tuesday. It was Army’s largest margin of victory against a Division I team since an 82-47 win against VMI during the 1970-71 season. Senior Ella Ellis led four Army players in double figures with 23 points, including six three-pointers. Army shot 15-for-30 from three-point range and limited the Red Foxes to 33.3 percent from the field.
► The Black Knights snagged 53 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive end, against Marist. It was the team’s highest rebounding total since a 59-board game against Bethany on Nov. 30, 1996, and the first 50-rebound game against a Division I team since Jan. 11, 1997 versus Holy Cross.
► Army started three freshmen against Marist. The trio of Kyle Toth, Dylan Cox and Larry Toomey all posted career highs. Toth knocked down six triples en route to 20 ponits, Cox scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out four assists, while Toomey added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. The Black Knights played a total of eight rookies that accounted for 56 of Army’s 91 points.
► For the season, plebes have accounted for 46.4 percent of Army’s scoring, 39.6 percent of its rebounding, 57.7 percent of its assists and 65.8 percent of its steals. Kyle Wilson is the team’s second-leading scorer and the highest-scoring freshman in the Patriot League at 11.7 points per game despite not having started a game during his brief collegiate career.
► Ellis is off to the kind of start that could make him Army’s first two-time All-Patriot League First Team pick since Mark Lueking (1994-96). Ellis leads the team and is second in the conference in scoring with a 19.7 points-per-game average. He is scoring 25.3 points in his last three games, which includes a career-high 37-point outburst at Yale. Ellis is one of five players to rank among the Patriot League’s top 10 in both scoring and rebounding (10th, 5.3).
A WIN OVER PENN STATE WOULD …
► Snap Army’s mini two-game losing streak on the road.
► End Penn State’s three-game winning streak in the series.
► Stop Army’s 10-game losing streak against Big Ten opponents.
► Improve Army’s record to 9-4 in their last 13 non-conference games.
► Give Army five wins in its first eight games for the second time in four years.
► Even the Black Knights’ road record at 2-2.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 42nd win at West Point (41-55; fourth season).
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg; Career-high 20 points versus Marist)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg; Patriot League’s top rookie rebounder)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 19.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg; Leads team in scoring and rebounding)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 4.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 10 points in first start versus Marist)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 4.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg; Season-high 10 boards against Marist)
THE ARMY-PENN STATE SERIES
► The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series, 23-17. The rivalry dates back to the 1906-07 season.
► Penn State won the last meeting on Dec. 10, 2008, 60-45, at the Bryce Jordan Center. That game was the first meeting since the 1980-81 season when PSU scored a win at West Point
► The Nittany Lions have won three straight in the series.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1906-07 (Army, 32-16)
All-Time Record: Penn State leads, 23-17
At West Point: Army leads, 9-4 (since 1948)
At Penn State: PSU leads, 8-2 (since 1948)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Feb. 4, 1978 (64-52 at West Point)
Last PSU Win: Dec. 10, 2008 (60-45 at PSU)
Series Streak: PSU W3
Largest Army Margin: +21 (37-16; 1908-09)
Largest Penn State Margin: +27 (47-20; 1940)
ABOUT PENN STATE
► Patrick Chambers is in his second season on the Penn State sideline. The Pennsylvania native was the head coach at Boston University for two seasons prior to his arrival at PSU, guiding the Terriers to a 42-28 record and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. He was also on the staff at Villanova, serving as the associate head coach on the 2009 Final Four team.
► The Nittany Lions are coming off an 82-57 loss at La Salle on Wednesday. The Pioneers outscored PSU 44-23 in the second half, turning a four-point game at halftime into a 25-point win. Jermaine Marshall led three Penn State players in double figures with 19 points. Ross Travis and D.J. Newbill each had 12 points.
► Marshall is averaging 15.0 points per contest with a team-high 15 three-pointers. Newbill is also scoring in double figures at 14.4 points per game. Tim Frazier, an All-Big Ten performer a year ago, was averaging 16.3 points per game before suffering a season-ending injury in the team’s fourth game.
► Army is the Nittany Lions’ second Patriot League foe of the season. PSU defeated Bucknell, 60-57, on Nov. 23.
FINISH WHAT YOU START
► The Black Knights have led at halftime in five of seven games this season, including all four of their victories.
► Army is 46-23 since the start of the 2007-08 season when leading at the break. In that span, Army is 13-14 when leading by five or less, 14-7when its lead is between six and nine points, and 19-2 when holding a double-digit lead.
► Entering 2009-10, Army had lost 16 straight games when trailing at halftime, but have nine such wins since (9-29), including the home win over Colgate last season.
UP NEXT ...
Army is back on the road Tuesday, Dec. 11 at NJIT. The Black Knights won their last trip to Newark two seasons ago on a last-second half-courter by Jeremy Hence.