Feb. 24, 2012
Army vs. Lehigh Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's basketball team wraps up the regular season on Saturday afternoon when it hosts the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Prior to the game, the Black Knights will celebrate the careers of seniors Pat Harris, Josh Johnson and Julian Simmons.
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the Lehigh game.
Web: ITT Knight Vision will carry a live video stream of the Lehigh game. Rich DeMarco will call the action from Christl Arena. A video stream is also available via Patriot League All-Access on www.patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply.
► Both Army and Lehigh are locked into their Patriot League Tournament seeds. Lehigh is the No. 2 team in the standings and will host No. 7 Colgate in the quarterfinals. The Black Knights will be the sixth seed and play at the yet-to-be determined third seed. If American defeats Lafayette, the Eagles will be No. 3, but an American loss and a Holy Cross victory over Colgate makes the Crusaders the third seed.
► The Black Knights are trying to break out of a five-game shooting slump. Army is hititng just 38.0 percent of its shots, including a 24.6 percent three-point accuracy rate in that span. Even with a 9-for-13 second half in the win at Colgate, Army has made just 30 three-pointers in the last five games, two below its season average of 8.0 per game. In its last two games, both losses, the Black Knights are shooting 31.4 percent overall and 12.5 percent from three-point range (6-48).
► Junior F Ella Ellis is on the verge of joining an elite club. Ellis has 498 points, 132 rebounds and 58 assists. If Ellis can score two more points, he will be just the second player in Army history to score 500 points, grab 130 rebounds and hand out 50 assists in the same season. The only other player to reach those numbers in the same season was Randy Cozzens who scored 682 points, collected 134 rebounds and compiled 107 assists in 1984-85.
► Sophomore G Josh Herbeck made all three of Army’s three-pointers at Holy Cross. Herbeck has 72 triples this season, the second most in the Patriot League and the sixth best single-season total in Academy history. Herbeck is enjoying the finest three-point shooting season by an Army player since Jarell Brown set the school record withi 101 in 2007-08. Herbeck is averaging 12.8 points per game during Patriot League play, the eight-best scoring average in the conference. He leads the league with 37 three-pointers during conference action.
► Herbeck (72), Ellis (59) and senior G Julian Simmons (58) are already the first Army trio to make at least 50 three-pointers in the same season. One more by Ellis and two more by Simmons will mark the first time three players placed in the top 15 on the Academy’s single-season ledger.
A WIN OVER LEHIGH WOULD …
► Split the season series with Lehigh for the second straight season.
► Match Army’s high-water mark for Patriot League wins in a season (2002, 2008, 2009)
► End the team’s two-game losing streak.
► Be the Black Knights’ 10th home win of the season.
► Give Army two wins over the top four teams in the Patriot League standings.
► Snap a two-game losing streak in regular-season finales.
THE ARMY-LEHIGH SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series, 60-34, including a forfeit win in 2004-05. The rivalry dates back to the 1906-07 season.
► The Mountain Hawks have won 16 of the last 23 and 10 of the last 11 regular-season meetings. Lehigh leads the series 29-18 since the start of Patriot League play in 1990-91.
► The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks met in the league quarterfinals met four straight times from 2007-09. Army won the first three meetings before Lehigh took the 2009 match up.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1906-07 (Lehigh, 26-24)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 60-34
At West Point: Army leads, 29-13 (since ‘54-55)
At Lehigh: Lehigh leads, 18-10 (since ‘54-55)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Jan. 15, 2011 (75-72 at Lehigh)
Last Lehigh Win: Jan. 29, 2012 (83-64 at Lehigh)
Series Streak: Lehigh W2
Largest Army Margin: +60 (88-28, 1948)
Largest Lehigh Margin: +26 (75-49, 2/6/00)
ARMY STAT LEADERS
Scoring Average: Ella Ellis (17.8)
FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Andrew Stire (.672)
3-PT FG Made: Josh Herbeck (72)
3-PT FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Josh Herbeck (.416)
Free Throws Made: Ella Ellis (135)
Free Throw Attempts: Ella Ellis (162)
Free Throw Pct. (min. 20 att.): Ella Ellis (.833)
Rebounding Average: Ella Ellis (4.7)
Assists: Maxwell Lenox (88)
Steals: Maxwell Lenox (31)
Blocked Shots: Ella Ellis (10)
Minutes/Game: Ella Ellis (30.2)
► For the second straight game, Army must face one of the hottest teams in the Patriot League. Lehigh enters Saturday’s regular-season finale at 22-7 overall and 10-3 in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have won their last four games and eight of their last 10.
► Lehigh is coming off a 58-41 win at Navy on Wednesday night. C.J. McCollum scored 24 points and B.J. Bailey added a career-high 11 markers. The win tied the Mountain Hawks’ school record for victories in a season.
► The Mountain Hawks are the highest-scoring team in the Patriot League at 76.0 points per game and own the conference’s top scoring margin at 11.3 points per game.
► Patriot League Player of the Year candidate C.J. McCollum leads the team and the conference in scoring at 21.6 points per game. He has been named the league’s player of the week six times this season and a conference record 12 times in his career. McCollum, a junior has scored 1,933 points, the third most in school history and the fourth-highest total in Patriot League history.
► McCollum is also the team’s leading rebounder at 6.6 per game. He has a team-high 52 three-pointers. Mackey McKnight has handed out 103 assists.
► Army boasts an 9-5 record at West Point this season. Army is 3-11 away from the banks of the Hudson. Army won just four home games last season, posting a 4-8 mark at Christl Arena.
► The Black Knights’ four-game home winning streak earlier this season was their longest since a seven-game run to start the 2009-10 season.
► Head coach Zach Spiker is 23-17 at home in his three seasons at West Point.
UP NEXT ...
Army opens play in the Patriot League Tournament on the road on Wednesday. The Black Knights are the sixth seed and will play at the No. 3 seed. If American defeats Lafayette, Army will travel to Washington, D.C. If the Eagles lose and Holy Cross defeats Colgate, the Black Knights will play in Worcester.