Jan. 7, 2013
Army vs. Dartmouth Notes
The Last Meeting
December 21, 2011
West Point, N.Y.
Army Outlasts Dartmouth, 67-64
Julian Simmons' three-pointer with 1:51 left capped a 10-1 run that brought Army (5-7) back from a six-point deficit, and the Black Knights hung on for a 67-64 win over Dartmouth (3-9) on Wednesday afternoon at Christl Arena. The Black Knights led by as many as 11 in the second half.
Date: Jan. 8, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Hanover, N.H.
Venue: Leede Arena
Series: Army leads, 19-17
Streak: Army W2
Last Meeting: Dec. 21, 2011
at Army 67, Dartmouth 64
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Dartmouth 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 its pre-conference schedule on Tuesday night when it travels to Dartmouth. The Black Knights have split the first 14 non-league games. A win in Hanover would mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Black Knights have posted a .500-or-better record before starting Patriot League play. The team accomplished that feat just two times in the previous 13 seasons.
► The Black Knights are going for their second straight road victory. Army scored a 95-86 win at Houston Baptist on Dec. 31. The Black Knights are 2-5 on opponents’ home floors this season.
► Army is coming off its first home loss of the season, a 64-52 decision against Columbia. The Black Knights are 4-1 on the banks of the Hudson this season. Saturday’s loss stopped an eight-game non-conference winning streak at Christl Arena.
► Freshman Kyle Wilson tied for the team lead with 11 points against the Lions. Wilson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the third time for his efforts versus Columbia and in the win at Houston Baptist. He scored 24 points and handed out a career-high six assists opposite the Huskies. Wilson is the first Army player since 2008-09 to win at least three Patriot League rookie certificates.
► Wilson is averaging 12.5 points per game, the second-best average on the team and the highest among Patriot League freshmen. He also leads the team in three-point shooting percentage at 41.9 percent, the eighth-best accuracy rate in the Patriot League. It is the best shooting percentage among the league’s freshmen.
► Wilson is just one of a group of seven freshmen that are averaging at least 8.0 minutes per game this season. The Black Knights’ rookies have accounted for 50.7 percent of the team’s scoring, 51.6 percent of its rebounding, 61.3 percent of its assists and 65.5 percent of its steals. Dylan Cox has started all 14 games as Army’s point guard and leads the Black Knights in both rebounding and assists. He is the Patriot League’s top rebounding rookie.
► Senior Ella Ellis has scored 1,282 points, just 11 shy of moving into 13th place on Army’s all-time list. Ellis leads the team and ranks third in the Patriot League at 17.5 points per game.
A WIN OVER DARTMOUTH WOULD …
► Be Army’s fourth win in the last six games.
► Be Army’s second straight win on the road, a program first since 2010-11.
► Mark the third straight time Army followed a loss with a victory.
► Clinch the Black Knights’ third .500-or-better pre-conference record in the last four seasons.
► Improve Army’s record to 12-8 in their last 20 pre-conference games.
► Improve Zach Spiker’s record to 9-6 versus Ivy League opponents.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 45th win at West Point (44-59; fourth season).
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg - Averaging 10.5 ppg in eight starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg - Top rebounding rookie in Patriot League)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 17.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg - Third-leading scorer in the Patriot League)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 4.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg - Started the last eight games)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 4.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg - Season-high 10 boards against Marist)
THE ARMY-DARTMOUTH SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series 19-17.The rivalry dates back to 1927. Dartmouth won 11 of the first 13 meetings before Army took 11 of the next 13, including nine in a row. The Big Green won the next three, but Army has won fIve of the last six games between the schools.
► Eight of the last 18 meetings have been decided by three points or less, including last season’s 67-64 Army win at Christl Arena. Only five of the last 18 games have been decided by 10-or-more points.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1927 (Dartmouth, 28-16)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 19-17
At West Point: Army leads, 10-3 (since 1948)
At Dartmouth: Dartmouth leads, 7-6 (since 1948)
At Neutral Site: Army leads, 1-0
Last Army Win: Dec. 21, 2011 (67-64 at West Point)
Last Dartmouth Win: Dec. 11, 2010 (71-68 at Dartmouth)
Series Streak: Army W2
Largest Army Margin: +30 (74-44; 1/21/67)
Largest Dartmouth Margin: +15 (59-44; 11/19/97)
► Paul Cormier is in the third season of his second stint as the Dartmouth head coach. Cormier coached the Big Green for seven seasons from 1984-91. In the meantime, he spent 12 seasons working with NBA organizations. He was also the head coach at Fairfield.
► Dartmouth is coming off a 78-62 home loss to Colgate on Saturday. Jvonte Brooks led three Big Green players in double figures with 18 points and just missed a double-double with eight rebounds. The Raiders were Dartmouth’s third Patriot League opponent. The Big Green has also lost road games to Bucknell and Holy Cross.
► Dartmouth is averaging 57.0 points per game. Gabas Maldunas and Alex Mitola are both scoring in double figures at 10.7 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Mitola is the team’s most prolific three-point shooter with 27 triples. John Golden has 19 three-pointers, making that duo responsible for 46 of the team’s 65 triples.
► Maldunas leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. Brooks is grabbing 5.8 boards a contest, including a team-high 2.5 offensive rebounds.
UP NEXT …
Army opens its Patriot League schedule on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Bucknell. The Black Knights finished sixth in the conference last season, and were picked to repeat that performance in this year’s preseason poll. The Bison were selected to finish second. Since handing Bucknell their only Patriot League loss during the 2010-11 season, Army has lost four straight to the Bison.