Jan. 11, 2013
Army vs. Bucknell Notes
The Last Meeting
February 4, 2012
Army Falls At Bucknell, 81-68
After Army (10-13, 3-5 PL) tied the game at 50-50, Bucknell (18-6, 8-0 PL) outscored the Black Knights 31-18 over the final 11:22 en route to an 81-68 win in Patriot League men's basketball action at Sojka Pavilion Saturday night. Army made just three field goals during the decisive spurt.
Date: Jan. 12, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Lewisburg, Pa.
Venue: Sojka Pavilion
Series: Bucknell leads, 43-19
Streak: Bucknell W4
Last Meeting: Feb. 4, 2012
at Bucknell 81, Army 68
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Bucknell 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. A video stream is available via Patriot League All-Access on www.patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply.
► Army begins Patriot League play on Saturday night at Bucknell. The Black Knights wrapped up their non-conference schedule at 7-8. The Black Knights’ seven non-conference victories were tied for fourth most in the Patriot League.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 75-58 road loss at Dartmouth in its non-conference finale. Senior Ella Ellis led Army with 15 points and moved into 13th place on the Black Knights’ career scoring list (1,297). Freshman Kevin Ferguson set career highs with seven rebounds and three blocked shots, both team highs, against the Big Green.
► Army’s offense, the second-highest scoring unit in the Patriot League at 74.2 points per game, is trying to get back on track. After posting 90-or-more points three times in a five-game span from Dec. 4-22, the Black Knights have scored less than 60 points in three of their last four games, all losses. Army’s win in that span was a 95-86 victory at Houston Baptist on Dec. 31. In the last four games, Army is shooting just 39.5 percent overall and has been outrebounded by 5.5 rebounds per game. During its 6-5 start, Army shot 45.3 percent and owned a +5.9 rebounding margin.
► The Black Knights’ core group of freshmen, seven of which average at least 8.9 minutes of playing time per game, has been responsible for the majority of the team’s production this season. Freshmen have accounted for 51.0 percent of the Black Knights’ points (568/1113), 52.5 percent of their rebounds (308/587), 62.3 percent of their assists (134/215) and 63.8 percent of their steals (60/94).
► Army has started at least two plebes in every game this season and have had three with the first unit in each of the last nine games. Dylan Cox has been a member of the starting lineup in all 15 games and leads the team in rebounds and assists. Kyle Toth and Larry Toomey have each started the last nine contests. Toth is averaging more than 10 points per game in that span.
► Despite not being one of the four rookies to get a start, Kyle Wilson is second on the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game. Army’s first three-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week since 2008-09, is the highest-scoring rookie in the conference.
A WIN OVER BUCKNELL WOULD …
► Be the second time in three years Army started Patriot League play with a victory.
► Snap the Bison’s four-game overall winning streak in the series.
► End the Bison’s four-game winning streak versus Army at Sojka Pavilion.
► Even the series between Army and Bucknell at 6-6 since 2007-08.
► Be Army’s second road win in its last three such outings.
► Snap the Bison’s four-game home winning streak.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 45th win at West Point (44-60; fourth season).
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg - Third on the team with 23 three-pointers)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg - Leads team in rebounds and assists)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 17.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg - 13th on Army all-time scoring list with 1,297 points)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg - 5 of his 10 three-pointers in the last 4 games)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 4.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg - Season-high 10 boards against Marist)
THE ARMY-BUCKNELL SERIES
► Bucknell leads the all-time series, 43-19. Since the start of Patriot League play, the Bison are 41-9 versus Army.
► In recent seasons, the series has been nearly even. Bucknell owns a 6-5 advantage over the last five years.
► The Black Knights handed Bucknell its only Patriot League loss of the 2010-11 season, a 90-70 Army win at West Point on Jan. 29, 2011. Since that game, Army is one of only three conference foes to defeat the Bison (Holy Cross, Lehigh).
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1929 (Army, 35-34)
All-Time Record: Bucknell leads, 43-19
At West Point: Bucknell leads, 17-8 (since 1964-65)
At Bucknell: Bucknell leads, 22-4 (since 1964-65)
At Neutral Site: Bucknell leads, 3-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 29, 2011 (90-70 at Army)
Last Bucknell Win: Feb. 4, 2012 (81-68 at Bucknell)
Series Streak: Bucknell W4
Largest Army Margin: +46 (84-38, 1965-66)
Largest Bucknell Margin: +50 (75-25, 2/22/04)
► Dave Paulsen is in his fifth season at Bucknell. He has guided the Bison to back-to-back 25-win seasons, two straight Patriot League regular season titles and and NCAA berth in 2011.
► Bucknell’s 13-3 non-conference record is the best ever by a Patriot League team. The Bison became the first Patriot League squad to post 13 wins before the start of conference play., and nearly added a 14th win, losing at No. 12 Missouri, 66-64, in their last game.
► Bucknell is led by former Patriot League Player of the Year Mike Muscala. A three-time All-Patriot League selection, Muscala is the only player to average a double-double with 19.3 points and a conference-best 10.9 rebounds per contest.
► Muscala is one of four Bucknell players averaging in double figures. Cameron Ayers, a preseason all-league pick, is scoring 11.7 points per game, while Bryson Johnson averages 11.6 points per contest. Joe Willman is scoring 10.8 markers a game.
► Johnson is the team’s top perimeter threat with 37 triples and a 43.0 percent accuracy rate.
UP NEXT …
Army plays its first home game of the Patriot League season when it hosts Lafayette on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The Leopards captured both games in the season series last year. Lafayette was picked to finish tied for fourth in the Patriot League preseason poll and enter conference play with a 7-10 record.