Army Back On The Road At NJIT

Kevin Ferguson

Kevin Ferguson

Dec. 10, 2012

Army vs. NJIT Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
NJIT54
Army53
November 30, 2011
West Point, N.Y.
Army Comeback Falls Just Short In 54-53 Loss To NJIT
Josh Herbeck's last-second shot rimmed out, dashing Army's (2-5) comeback attempt in a 54-53 loss to NJIT (3-4) on Wednesday night at Christl Arena. The Black Knights trailed by as many as 16 in the second half.

Date: Dec. 11, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Newark, N.J.
Venue: Fleisher Athletic Center
Capacity: 1,500
Series: Army leads, 3-1
Streak: NJIT W1
Last Meeting: Nov. 30, 2011
   NJIT 54, at Army 53

ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the NJIT 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: An audio stream is available at www.goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.

ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg; Averaging 16.5 points in his two starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg; Patriot League’s top rookie rebounder)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 20.1, 5.0; Back-to-back 23-point games)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 4.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 10 points in first start versus Marist)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 3.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg; Season-high 10 boards against Marist)

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army ends its stretch of five out of six games on the road Tuesday night at NJIT. After Tuesday’s contest, Army will have played seven of its first nine games away from West Point.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 78-70 loss at Penn State on Saturday. Army trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, but outscored PSU by seven for the remainder of the game. The Black Knights trailed by just two midway through the second half, but Penn State withstood the rally. Senior Ella Ellis scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Black Knights.
► Army is averaging 75.0 points per game, the second-highest total in the Patriot League. Army has not scored 70-or-more points per game in an entire season since 2000-01 (72.0 ppg). Even with the Black Knights’ increased scoring output, defense is the best indicator for success. In the four wins, the Black Knights allow  66.5 points per game. In the four losses, opponents are scoring 77.5 points per game.
► Ellis has led the team in scoring seven times in the first eight games. Ellis has scored in double figures in all eight games and is on an 11-game overall run. He is the second-leading scorer in the Patriot League at 20.1 points per game. Ellis has moved into 18th place on Army’s career scoring ledger with 1,198 points. He is just 145 points from moving into the Black Knights’ all-time top 10.
► The Houston native is shooting 50 percent from three-point range (18-36) in the last five games. Ellis leads the team with 24 triples and leads the Patriot League with 3.0 three-pointers per game. Ellis ranks sixth all-time at West Point with 145 makes from long distance.
► Freshman Kyle Toth was inserted into the starting lineup against Marist and has responded with 16.5 points per game over the last two outings. Toth shot 12-for-20 overall and was 9-for-17 from three-point range in his first two starts. Toth is just the latest Army rookie to make an impact. Kyle Wilson is the team’s second-leading scorer and the highest-scoring rookie in the Patriot League (11.4 ppg), while Dylan Cox leads the team in assists and is the conference’s top freshman rebounder (4.9 rpg). Plebes have accounted for 46.0 percent of the team’s scoring, 41.3 percent of its rebounding and 58.9 percent of its assists.

A WIN OVER NJIT WOULD …
► Snap Army’s three-game losing streak on the road.
► Keep the Black Knights unbeaten on the road versus the Highlanders (currently 2-0).
► Be the third time in Zach Spiker’s four seasons Army has started 5-4 or better.
► Improve Army’s record to 9-5 in their last 14 non-conference games.
► Give Army a 2-2 record against teams that defeated them in 2011-12.
► Keep Army from dipping below the .500 mark for the first time since losing the opener.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 42nd win at West Point (41-56; fourth season).

THE ARMY-NJIT SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series, 3-1. The Black Knights won the first three meetings before the Highlanders scored a 54-53 win at West Point last season.
► Army’s last visit to the Fleisher Center resulted in a 63-60 victory. Jeremy Hence hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Black Knights the win.
► The last two meetings have been decided by a total of four points. Army missed a last-second shot in last season’s one-point loss.

INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 6, 2006 (Army, 60-40)
All-Time Record: Army leads,  3-1
At West Point: Army leads, 1-1
At NJIT: Army leads, 2-0
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Nov. 18, 2010 (63-60 at NJIT)
Last NJIT Win: Nov. 30, 2011 (54-53 at Army)
Series Streak: NJIT W1
Largest Army Margin: +20 (60-40; 12/6/06)
Largest NJIT Margin: +1 (54-53; 11/30/11)

ABOUT NJIT
► Jim Engles is in his fourth season at NJT. The 2011 Great West Conference Coach of the Year, Engles served as an assistant at Wanger, Rider and Columbia before arriving in Newark.
► The Highlanders have won all four of their home games this season and seven straight home games overall.
► NJIT has lost its last two games at St. John’s and Seton Hall. Chris Flores scored 23 points, including five three-pointers against SHU.
► The Highlanders have wins against Eastern Nazarene, New Hampshire, South Carolina State and Lyndon State. In addition to the most recent losses, they have been defeated by Providence and South Carolina State.
► NJIT is averaging 70.0 points per game while allowing only 60.1 points. Both averages lead the Great West Conference.
► Flores is the team’s top scorer at 18.1 points per game. Ryan Woods averages 13.4 points per contest. Terrence Smith is grabbing a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game.

UP NEXT ...
Army returns home on Friday, Dec. 14 to host Maine. It is just the Black Knights' third home game of the season. Army and Maine have not met since the 1969-70.

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