Nov. 21, 2011
Army vs. Bryant Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - After three of its first four games away from West Point, the Black Knights begin a stretch of three straight home games on Tuesday when they host the Byrant Bulldogs. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Army's lone victory of the season came at home, a 95-40 victory over Marywood.
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Bryant 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.
Web: A live audio stream will be available online via www.goARMYsports.com's Knight Vision package. Subscription fees apply.
The Black Knights are trying to snap an 11-game losing streak against Division I opponents. Army lost its last eight games of the 2010-11 season and are 0-3 against D-I foes this season.
Junior F Ella Ellis registered his first 20-point scoring game of the season, netting 21 points at Central Connecticut. It was his eighth career 20-point effort. Ellis is the only Army player to reach double figures in all four games. He is the Black Knights' top scorer at 16.5 points per contest.
Aside from Ellis, the Army offense has relied heavily on a group of freshmen. The trio of rookie guards Mo Williams, Maxwell Lenox and Jalen Harris have averaged a combined 20.8 points per game. Williams is second on the team with a 10.5 points-per-game average. Lenox is averaging 6.0 points per contest, while Harris has scored at a 4.3 points-per-game clip. Lenox and Harris are handing out a combined 6.0 assists per contest. Lenox leads the team with 15 helpers. He is also Army's top rebounder with 21 boards in four games (5.3 rpg).
Army has struggled from the three-point line this season, hitting only 32.3 percent of its long-range attempts (30-93). The Black Knights shot better than 36 percent last season, including a 40.6 percent accuracty rate (108-266) in its 11 victories. Williams and Harris have been the most accurate three-point shooters this season at 36.4 percent (4-11) and 60.0 percent (3-5), respectively.
The Army offense has also been hindered by turnovers through the first four games. The Black Knights are averaging 20.0 turnovers per contest. Army is giving up 21.0 points per game off turnovers, nearly a third of the opposition's scoring average.
Army has led or been within two possession of the lead at halftime in all four games this season. The Black Knights are outscoring opponents by an average of 40.3-31.5 in the first half, but are on the short end of a 37.8-32.0 scoring deficit after halftime.
The Bulldogs enter Tuesday's game at 1-3 after a 66-62 loss at Darmtouth on Saturday. Bryant has lost two straight games.
Bryant began the season with a swing through California. The Bulldogs gave San Diego State, a Sweet Sixteen program from a year ago, all it could handle in the season opener, eventually falling to the Aztecs, 75-63. Bryant's lone win came at UC Davis (70-63).
Bryant boasts three players averaging in double figures led by Alex Francis' 19.8 points-per game average. Francis is shooting 55.4 percent from the field and has made 15 of his last 24 shots (.625). Francis scored 20 in the opener against San Diego State and a season-high 29 markers against Southern Utah. He is also the Bulldogs' top rebounder at 7.8 boards per game.
Frankie Dobbs is next on the scoring ledger at 16.2 points per contest. Dobbs is the Bulldogs' top threat from three-point range, hitting 13 of his 26 long-distance attempts. Dobbs is also averaging better than five assists per game. Corey Maynard is scoring at an 11.2 points-per-game clip.
THE ARMY-BRYANT SERIES
Army has won the previous four meetings with Bryant on the hardwood. The Black Knights scored a 76-66 win in Smithfield last season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Feb. 19, 1979 (Army, 76-61)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 4-0
At West Point: Army leads, 2-0
At Bryant: Army leads, 2-0
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Nov. 20, 2010 (76-66 at West Point)
Last Bryant Win: N/A
Series Streak: Army W4
Largest Army Margin: +15 (76-61; 2/19/79)
Largest Bryant Margin: N/A
A WIN OVER BRYANT WOULD ...
End Army's 11-game losing streak against Division I opponents.
Be Army's fifth straight win over the Bulldogs.
Improve Army's record at home this season to 2-0.
Be the 27th career victory for Army head coach Zach Spiker.
Improve the Black Knights' record in November to 11-5 under Spiker.
Push Army's record in non-conference games to 20-16 since the start of the 2009-10 season.
UP NEXT ...
Army continues its homestand when it welcomes the Yale Bulldogs to Christl Arena on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.