Feb. 28, 2012
Army vs. American Game Notes
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Army begins the quest for its first Patriot League Tournament championship on Wednesday night at American. Tip-off at Bender Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. The Black Knights are the sixth seed in the conference tournament while the Eagles are seeded third.
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: ITT Knight Vision will carry a live audio stream. A video stream is also available via Patriot League All-Access on www.patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply.
► The Black Knights and Eagles have met in the postseason three times. American has won all three meetings, including back-to-back semifinal wins at Bender Arena in 2008 and 2009. The first meeting was a 2004 quarterfinal match up in Upper Marlboro, Md.
► Army ended the regular season with a 74-72 overtime loss to Lehigh at Christl Arena. The Mountain Hawks hit a three-pointer with 10.3 seconds left to claim the victory. Junior F Ella Ellis and senior G Julian Simmons led the Black Knights with 14 points each. Both player reached milestones in the contest. Ellis posted the 19th 500-point season in Army history, while Simmons made two three-pointers to become only the second Black Knight ever to make 60 three-pointers in a season three times.
► The Black Knights placed two players on the All-Patriot League teams. Ellis was a first-team selection, Army’s first since Jarell Brown in 2008, while freshman G Maxwell Lenox was part of the Patriot League All-Rookie Team. The two selections mark the first time since 1999 that the Black Knights have had both a first-team player and an all-rookie pick. Army has now had at least one member of the Patriot League All-Rookie Team in three of the lasts four seasons, including the last two. It is the first time the Black Knights have had back-to-back all-rookie team members (Josh Herbeck, 2011) since 1998 and 1999.
► Ellis ended the regular season with a team-high 17.7 points per game scoring average, which ranks third in the Patriot League. Ellis is only the second Army player to score 500 points, grab 130 rebounds and hand out 50 assists in the same season (Randy Cozzens, 1984-85). Ellis 512 points this season ranks 17th on the Black Knights’ single-season ledger. Lenox has 92 assists this season, the first Army plebe to hand out at least 90 assists in a season since 2000-01 (J.P. Spatola, 96). He led all Patriot League freshmen with 31 assists.
► Sophomore G Josh Herbeck has made 75 three-pointers this season, the sixth-best season total in Army history. Herbeck led the Patriot League with 40 three-pointers during conference games. His 113 career three-pointers are the most by an Army player through their first two seasons.
A WIN OVER AMERICAN WOULD …
► Put Army in the Patriot League semifinals for the fourth time in the last six years.
► Be the second straight time Army advanced to the semifinals as the No. 6 seed.
► End the Black Knights’ three-game losing streak in the Patriot League Tournament.
► Snap Army’s five-game losing streak against the Eagles.
► Stop the Black Knights’ 13-game losing streak at American.
► Mark the first time since 2008 Army beat a team that swept the regular-season series.
THE ARMY-AMERICAN SERIES
► American leads the all-time series with the Black Knights, 23-3. 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 13 straight at Bender Arena versus the Black Knights. Army has won two of the last five at West Point.
► Four of the last seven 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, 23-3
At West Point: American leads, 9-2
At American: American leads, 13-1
At Neutral Site: American leads, 1-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 20, 2010 (68-48 at West Point)
Last AU Win: Feb. 18 , 2012 (74-50 at Army)
Series Streak: American W5
Largest Army Margin: +30 (100-70, 12/23/63)
Largest American Margin: +35 (72-37, 1/21/05)
ARMY STAT LEADERS
Scoring Average: Ella Ellis (17.7)
FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Andrew Stire (.677)
3-PT FG Made: Josh Herbeck (75)
3-PT FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Jason Pancoe (.414)
Free Throws Made: Ella Ellis (139)
Free Throw Attempts: Ella Ellis (167)
Free Throw Pct. (min. 20 att.): Ella Ellis (.832)
Rebounding Average: Ella Ellis (4.7)
Assists: Maxwell Lenox (92)
Steals: Maxwell Lenox (35)
Blocked Shots: Ella Ellis (10)
Minutes/Game: Ella Ellis (30.4)
► The Eagles earned the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament thanks to a 10-4 conference record. American enters the postseason with a 19-10 overall mark.
► American has been nearly unbeatable at Bender Arena, posting a 12-1 record at home. The Eagles’ lone loss was a 55-50 decision against Patriot League champion Bucknell. American won its regular-season finale against Lafayette, 76-69 at Bender Arena.
► First-team All-Patriot League selection Charles Hinkle led the Eagles with 25 points in the win over the Leopards. For the season, he is averaging 18.8 points per contest, the second-best average in the Patriot League. Hinkle led the Patriot League with 79 three-pointers.
► In two games against Army, Hinkle averaged 13.0 points per game. The Black Knights limited him to eight points in the first meeting at Bender Arena, but he scored 18 in the Eagles’ win at Christl Arena.
► Troy Brewer is also averaging in double figures at 12.0 points per game. Brewer scored a game-high 22 points in the Eagles’ home win against Army and tallied 10 points in the second meeting of the season.
► Tony Wroblicky leads the Eagles in rebounding at 6.0 boards per game.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
► Army allowed only 40 points in its win over Marywood, the squad’s best defensive effort since a 61-40 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 7, 2009. The Black Knights had allowed an average of 85 points per game in its first two outings.
► Army is just 7-51 in its last 58 games when giving up at least 70 points. The Black Knights have lost 32 of their last 33 games when allowing 80-or-more points.
► In its last 35 losses, Army has allowed an average of 75.7 points per game. In its 22 victories during that span, Army gave up just 63.1 points per game.
► Dating back to 2008-09, Army has posted a 24-8 record when allowing foes less than 62 points.
UP NEXT ...
The winner of Wednesday's game will face the winner of the (2) Lehigh-(7) Colgate quarterfinal at the home of the higher seed.