Jan. 29, 2013
Army vs. Holy Cross Game Notes
The Last Meeting
February 22, 2012
Army Falls At Holy Cross
For the second straight game, the Army men's basketball team (12-16, 5-8 PL) struggled shooting from the field, losing at Holy Cross (14-13, 8-5 PL) 82-51 at the Hart Center Wednesday night. The Black Knights shot just 30.3 percent overall (17-56) and were 3-for-27 (.111) from three-point range.
Date: Jan. 30, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Venue: Hart Center
Series: Holy Cross leads, 57-17
Streak: Holy Cross W1
Last Meeting: Feb. 22, 2012
at Holy Cross 82, Army 51
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the American 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 available at www.goARMYsports.com. A live video stream is available via Patriot League All-Access on patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply at both web sites.
► Army is back on the road Wednesday night at Holy Cross. The Black Knights are coming off a 77-64 home win over American, and are in search of back-to-back Patriot League wins for the first time this season.
► While relying on freshmen for more than half of its scoring all season, Army started a quintet of rookies for the first time in the victory over American. The group accounted for 56 of the Black Knights’ 77 points and three of them scored in double figures. Kyle Wilson made his first career start and scored a team-high 20 points. Kyle Toth added 12 points on four three-pointers and Larry Toomey contributed 10 markers.
► For the season, Army’s plebes have scored 54.8 percent of its points, grabbed 54.3 percent of its rebounds, handed out 62.6 percent of its assists and made 60.2 percent of its steals. Nine rookies are averaging at least 9.0 minutes per game, and six of them have started at least one game. Army has started at least two freshmen in every game and at least three rookies in the last 14 outings.
► Wilson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday — his fourth such certificate of the season. He is the first Army player since J.P. Spatola in 2000-01 to win four rookie awards. He is the highest-scoring rookie in the Patriot League at 12.5 points per game, and is the first Army freshman to score at least 20 points in consecutive games since Mark Lueking in 1992-93. Wilson is only the 12th Army freshman to score at least 250 points in a season, and is the highest-scoring plebe sine George Tatum in 1995-96 (278).
► Freshman Dylan Cox has handed out a career-high eight assists in each of the last two games. In his last four outings, he has dished out 20 helpers without committing a turnover. He has jumped to fifth in the Patriot League with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5. In Patriot League play, he leads the conference with a 4.4 assist-to-turnover mark. Cox also leads the Black Knights, and all Patriot League freshmen, in rebounding with 5.6 boards per contest.
► Senior Ella Ellis scored 12 points off the bench in the win over American. He is Army’s top scorer at 16.7 points per contest, and ranks ninth all-time at West Point with 1,369 career points.
A WIN OVER HOLY CROSS WOULD …
► Even Army’s Patriot League record at 3-3.
► Be the Black Knights’ third win in Worcester in the last six years, accounting for all but one of their wins at the Hart Center.
► Be Army’s first Patriot League road win of the season.
► Be Army’s second straight win and third in its last five games.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 47th win at West Point (46-63; fourth season).
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg -- Averaging 13.0 ppg in last two outings)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg -- 20 assists/0 turnovers in last four games)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 12.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg -- Four-time PL Rookie of the Week)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg -- 10 points in win over American)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg -- First career start in win versus American)
THE ARMY-HOLY CROSS SERIES
► Holy Cross owns a 57-17 advantage in the all-time series with the Black Knights. The two teams split the series last season.
► The Black Knights have won two of the last five games at the Hart Center.
► The two teams have met at least twice each season since 1983-84. Prior to the formation of the Patriot League, both Army and Holy Cross competed in the MAAC. Army has never defeated the Crusaders twice in the same season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Feb. 22, 1926 (Army, 41-27)
All-Time Record: Holy Cross leads, 57-17
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 21-13
At Holy Cross: Holy Cross leads, 32-3
At Neutral Site: Holy Cross leads, 3-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 25, 2012 (74-68 at West Point)
Last HC Win: Feb. 22, 2012 (82-51 at Holy Cross)
Series Streak: Holy Cross W1
Largest Army Margin: +21 (65-44, 12/17/66)
Largest HC Margin: +50 (88-38, 2/8/06)
ABOUT HOLY CROSS
► Milan Brown is in his third season as head coach at Holy Cross. Prior to his arrival in Worcester, Brown was the head coach at Mount St. Mary’s for seven years. He posted a 54-44 overall mark and a 35-19 record in NEC play during his final three seasons.
► The Crusaders are coming off a 65-58 home loss to Bucknell. Dave Dudzinski led all players with 26 points, while Justin Burrell was also in double figures with 11 points.
► Holy Cross is the second-best team in the Patriot League against the three-pointer. The Crusaders allow opponents to shoot just 29.1 percent from deep. Holy Cross is allowing 62.0 points per game, while allowing teams to shoot 41.2 percent overall.
► Dudzinski is the team’s top scorer at 16.1 points per game. He also paces the squad with 6.9 rebounds per contest. He is shooting 50.2 percent from the floor.
► Burrell averages 12.9 points per game and leads the team with 29 three-pointers. Including Burrell, Holy Cross has four players who have made at least 22 three-pointers.
UP NEXT …
Army finishes the first half of its Patriot League schedule on Sunday, Feb. 3 when it hosts Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks won both games against the Black Knights last season, including a 74-72 overtime win at Christl Arena.