Dec. 30, 2012
Army vs. HBU Notes
Date: Dec. 31, 2012
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Houston, Texas
Venue: Sharp Gymnasium
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Houston Baptist 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 wraps up its two-game Texas road trip on Monday afternoon at Houston Baptist. The Black Knights and Huskies have never met on the hardwood. The game wraps up a stretch of four road outings in a six-game stretch over the past three weeks.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 61-55 loss at Texas A&M on Saturday. Army held the Aggies without a field goal during the final four minutes, 34 seconds, but A&M was able to score its final eight points from the foul line to complete a comeback win. Freshman Kyle Wilson led the Black Knights with 15 points off the bench, while classmate Kyle Toth added 13 points. Toth made three of Army’s six three-pointers against the Aggies. Army’s freshman scored 39 of the team’s 55 points on Saturday.
► That percentage of the Black Knights’ total output is nothing new. Army’s plebes have accounted for 49.4 percent of the team’s scoring this season. Four of the Black Knights’ top seven scorers are rookies, including Wilson who ranks second on the team at 11.7 points per game. Wilson, a two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, is the highest-scoring rookie in the conference. Army’s rookies have also accounted for 52.4 percent of the team’s rebounds through 12 games. Plebe point guard Dylan Cox leads the team at 5.5 rebounds per game. He is also the top rebounding freshman in the Patriot League.
► Eight of Army’s 19 players that will be in uniform on Monday hail from the State of Texas, including Houston natives Ella Ellis, Michael Felton and Milton Washington.
► Ellis returns home as the Black Knights’ top scorer at 17.2 points per game. He is the third-leading scorer in the Patriot League despite behing held under 10 points in each of the last two games. It is the first time he has not reached double digits in back-to-back games since his rookie campaign.
► Ellis ranks 17th on Army’s career scoring ledger with 1,245 points. He needs only nine points to move into 16th place, and is just 11 points shy of cracking the top 15 on the Black Knights’ all-time list.
► Army needs two victories in its last three non-conference games to clinch a .500-or-better record in non-conference play for the third time in the last four seasons. The Black Knights had posted just two non-conference records of at least .500 in the previous 14 seasons.
A WIN OVER HOUSTON BAPTIST WOULD …
► Be Army’s third win in the last four games.
► End the Black Knights’ five-game road losing streak.
► Even Army’s mark at 1-1 against the Great West Conference this season (L, at NJIT).
► Improve Army’s record to 11-7 in their last 18 non-conference games.
► Mark the fourth straight season Army has won at least seven non-conference games.
► Even Army’s December record at 4-4, giving it two straight months with a .500-or-better record.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 44th win at West Point (43-58; fourth season).
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg; Averaging 11.7 ppg in six starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg; Top rebounding rookie in Patriot League)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 17.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Patriot League’s third-leading scorer)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 4.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg; Started the last six games)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 4.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Season-high 10 boards against Marist)
THE ARMY-HOUSTON BAPTIST SERIES
► Monday's game is the first meeting between Army and Houston Baptist on the hardwood.
ABOUT HOUSTON BAPTIST
► Ron Cottrell is in his 22nd sesason guiding the Huskies’ program. He has guided Houston Baptist’s transition to NCAA Division I after competing at the NAIA Division I level. Cottrell also spent 15 years as the Director of Athletics at HBU. Cottrell was an assistant at Arkansas, helping the Razorbacks to a pair of Southwest Conference titles and the 1990 Final Four.
► The Huskies are playing their first home game since Dec. 18. HBU has played its last two games at Oregon (L, 91-50) and at LSU (L, 75-58).
► Tyler Russell and Caleb Crayton each scored in double figures against LSU with 15 and 11 points, respectively. The Huskies were limited to 33.3 percent shooting, including an 0-for-8 night from three-point range.
► For the season, Art Bernardi is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game. Russell also scores in double figures at 11.7 points per contest. The Huskies do most of their damage from inside the three-point line. HBU averages just 3.4 three-pointers per game and is hitting only 29.5 percent from long range. Marcus Davis is the team leader with eight three-pointers on the season.
► Davis and Dauson Womack are the team’s leading rebounders at 5.3 per game.
► Defensively, the Huskies allow 69.0 points per contest. They average 7.9 steals per game, 110th best in the nation, and have five players with at least 10 steals on the season.
UP NEXT …
Army returns home for its first game of 2013. The Black Knights welcome Columbia to Christl Arena on Jan. 5. It is Army’s final non-confernce home game of the season. The Black Knights have won their first four home games of the season and have won their last eight non-conference games played on the Banks of the Hudson.