Feb. 22, 2013
Army vs. American Game Notes
Date: Feb. 23, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Venue: Bender Arena
Series: American leads, 24-4
Streak: Army W1
Last Meeting: Jan. 26, 2013 (at Army 77, American 64)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Colgate 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 with John Feinstein joining him as a guest analyst.
Web: An audio stream will be 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.
► Winners of three straight and five of its last seven, Army will be attempting to earn a milestone win when it travels to American Saturday afternoon. A victory would clinch Army's first season sweep of the Eagles and be the Black Knights' record seventh Patriot League win. A win would also set a new program standard for consecutive Patriot League wins (4) and extend the team's Patriot League road winning streak to four games. It would also end the Black Knights' 14-game skid at Bender Arena.
► Saturday's game will be a key role in determining the final Patriot League standings. Army currently stands in fourth place, one game ahead of the Eagles. The Black Knights can clinch a top-four finish and a conference tournament home game with a win at American and a Navy win over Colgate on Sunday.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 77-63 home win over Colgate. Senior Ella Ellis scored 34 points, his first career 30-point game decided in regulation (scored 37 in double overtime at Yale). It was the highest-scoring game by an Army player in a Patriot League game since Jarell Brown scored 35 points against Navy on Jan. 27, 2008. The victory put Army above the .500 mark after 11 league games for the first time in program history.
► Ellis continued his ascent up the Army scoring ledger. His 34-point night against the Raiders moved him into seventh place with 1,482 points. The Houston native is Army's top scorer at 17.1 points per game, the third best average in the Patriot League. Ellis is only five rebounds and 11 assists shy of becoming the first Army player since Randy Cozzens (1982-85) to have three seasons with 400 points, 100 rebounds and 50 assists.
► Freshman Kyle Wilson has also put his name in the Black Knights' record book. Wilson has scored 339 points this season, the fifth most ever by a Black Knights' rookie. His six points against Colgate moved him past Kevin Houston, Army's all-time leading scorer. Wilson is only the fifth plebe to score at least 250 points while averaging 13.0 or more points per game. A five-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Wilson is the highest-scoring freshman in the conference.
► Fellow rookie Kyle Toth has made 48 three-pointers this season, the third most by a plebe in Army history. He is 10 shy of Alex Morris's record total of 58 in 1992-93. Toth has made more triples than any other freshman in the league and ranks tied for seventh overall with 2.0 three-pointers per game.
A WIN OVER AMERICAN WOULD ...
► Be a program record seventh Patriot League victory.
► Give Army its first season sweep of American.
► Snap the Black Knights' 14-game losing streak at Bender Arena.
► Extend Army's program record Patriot League road winning streak to four games.
► Be the Black Knights' first four-game winning streak since 2009-10.
► Mark the first time Army has won four straight Patriot League games.
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg -- Ranks 3rd on Army plebe 3-pt list (48))
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg -- Top rebounding rookie in the Patriot League)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 17.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg -- Scored 34 points in win over Colgate)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 13.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg -- Highest-scoring freshman in Patriot League)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg -- Army rookie record 24 blocked shots)
THE ARMY-AMERICAN SERIES
► American leads the all-time series with the Black Knights, 24-4. Army scored a victory in the first meeting in Washington, D.C. during the 1963-64 season The two teams did not meet again until the Eagles' entry into the Patriot League for the 2001-02 season.
► American has won 14 straight at Bender Arena versus the Black Knights. Army has won three of the last six at West Point, including a 77-64 win earlier this season.
► Four of the last nine meetings in the series have been decided by six points or less.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 23, 1963 (Army, 100-70)
All-Time Record: American leads, 24-4
At West Point: American leads, 9-3
At American: American leads, 14-1
At Neutral Site: American leads, 1-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 26, 2013 (77-64 at West Point)
Last AU Win: Feb. 29 , 2012 (57-40 at American)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +30 (100-70, 12/23/63)
Largest American Margin: +35 (72-37, 1/21/05)
► Jeff Jones is in his 13th season as the head coach at American. Jones has guided the Eagles to four 20-win seasons in the last five, including two NCAA Tournament appearances (2008, 2009). Jones also served eight seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Virginia.
► The Eagles currently stand in fifth place, one game behind the Black Knights. American is coming off a 50-44 loss at Navy. Daniel Munoz and Stephen Lumpkins scored in double figures with 15 and 11, points respectively. Lumpkins posted a double-double with 12 rebounds.
► Lumpkins leads the team in points and rebounds with 14.9 and 9.9 per game, respectively. He ranks second in the league with 13 double-doubles this season. Lumpkins is fifth in the Patriot League in scoring and second in rebounding.
► Daniel Munoz is also scoring in double figures with 10.6 points per game. John Schoof is the team's top three-point threat, knocking down a league-best 49.6 percent (62-125).
UP NEXT ...
Army plays its final regular-season home game when it hosts Holy Cross. The Black Knights will be going for its first season season sweep of the Crusaders. 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.