Army Welcomes Marywood For Home Opener

Ella Ellis is averaging 17.5 points per game in the early going.

Ella Ellis is averaging 17.5 points per game in the early going.

Nov. 15, 2011

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - After two games at the All-Military Classic hosted by Air Force, the Black Knights play their first home game of the season on Wednesday when they host the Marywood Pacers. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 7 p.m.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Marywood game. The game will be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will call all the action live from Christl Arena.

Web: A live video stream will be available online via's Knight Vision package. Subscription fees apply.

Junior F Ella Ellis picked up where he left off last season, averaging 17.5 points per game during the All-Military Classic. Ellis scored 17 in the opener against Air Force and then tallied 18 versus The Citadel. Ellis came off the bench against the Bulldogs, snapping his 31-game starting streak. Ellis was the only player to start all 30 games last season, averaging better than 14 points per contest.

Freshman G Mo Williams made quite a first impression in his first two games. Williams averaged 13.5 points per game and was chosen the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. He is Army's first rookie honoree since now senior Julian Simmons during the 2008-09 season. Williams scored 15 points in his collegiate debut against Air Force and followed it with a 12-point effort versus The Citadel. Williams made his first career start against the Bulldogs. His 55.6 percent field goal percentage was the highest among the five Army players with at least 10 shots.

Williams' 15 points against Air Force was the highest-scoring debut by an Army rookie since Matt Bell posted 20 against Columbia to open the 2003-04 season.

Despite the two losses, Army showed flashes of possible success during their trip to Colorado. Army led in both games before falling victim to second-half runs. The Black Knights led Air Force by one, 59-58, with 9:22 to go before the Falcons went on a 17-4 run to seize control. Army led The Citadel by 20 during the first half and by 10 with 17:13 left in the game, but the Bulldogs used a 14-2 run to take the lead. Army fought back to regain a one-point edge with 7:43 left, but a 9-0 spurt by The Citadel clinched the Bulldogs' victory.

Mo Williams wasn't the only freshman to make an impact during the first two games. Rookie Guards Maxwell Lenox and Jalen Harris also made their collegiate debuts. Lenox started both games at the point and handed out a team-high seven assists. He also scored 12 points against The Citadel. Harris averaged 18.0 minutes per game, the most by a player that did not start at least one of the two outings. He averaged 2.5 points and dished out four assists.

The Pacers, members of the Colonial States Athletic Conference, compete at the NCAA Division III level.

Marywood is coached by Eric Grundman who is in his 12th season on the Pacers' sideline. Prior to his stint at Marywood, Grundman was the head coach at Lackawanna Junior College, earning three NJCAA Division II Region XIX Coach of the Year awards.

The Pacers return six letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-14 overall and 9-9 in CSAC play last season. Much like Army, the roster is dominated by nine newcomers.

Senior C Matt Lepri highlights the returning players. Lepri started 15 of the 25 games he played in and averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game during his junior season.

Wednesday's game is the Pacers' 2011-12 season opener.

Wednesday's game is the first meeting between Army and Marywood on the basketball court.

•  End Army's 10-game losing streak that dates back to last season.
• Be the Black Knights' 28th straight win over a non-Division I opponent since 1993.
• Stop the Black Knights' three-game home losing streak.
• Be the 26th career victory for Army head coach Zach Spiker.
• Improve the Black Knights' record in November to 10-4 under Spiker.
• Push Army's record in non-conference games to 19-15 since the start of the 2009-10 season.

The Black Knights played at least one game against non-Division I competition from 1993-94 through 2006-07. Army went 25-0 versus those foes during that span. After a hiatus during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, the Black Knights have faced a Division III school in each of the last two seasons, defeating Mt. St. Vincent, 62-56, in 2009-10 and Vassar, 66-49, in the season opener last year.

Army hits the road again, traveling to Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Nov. 19.

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