Army Hosts Yale In Saturday Night Showdown

Julian Simmons had 19 points against Bryant, moving within 41 markers of 1,000 for his career.

Julian Simmons had 19 points against Bryant, moving within 41 markers of 1,000 for his career.

Nov. 25, 2011

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army plays the second of its three straight home games on Saturday when it hosts the Yale Bulldogs. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The Black Knights have won both of their contests at Christl Arena this season, including a 69-65 win  over Bryant last Tuesday.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Yale 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 video stream will be available online via's Knight Vision package. Subscription fees apply.

The Black Knights set an Academy record for both three-pointers and three-point field goal attempts in the win over Bryant, knocking down 15-of-36 shots from long range. The previous record for makes was 14, accomplished twice last season, including in Army's game at Yale. The old attempts record was 35 set at LIU last season.

Sophomore G Josh Herbeck led the Black Knights with seven three-pointers in 16 attempts against Bryant. It was the Ann Arbor, Mich., native's first career 20-point game. Four of Herbeck's three-pointers came during a key stretch that bookended the end of the first half and the start of the second half. The Black Knights trailed by eight before Herbeck's buzzer-beater three to end first stanza. He then made three triples during a 12-6 run that gave Army a one-point lead less than four minutes into the second half. Herbeck became the 23rd player in Army history to make at least 50 three-pointers during their career.

The Army defense also came through in the clutch, holding Bryant scoreless over the final four minutes, 27 seconds. The Bulldogs tied the game at 65-65, but did not find the bottom of the net for the remainder of the contest.

Army is trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since last January when they defeated Dartmouth in its final non-conference tune-up and upended Colgate in its Patriot League opener.

Junior F Ella Ellis is Army's top scorer at 16.6 points per game. Ellis has scored in double figures in all five games this season and is riding a seven-game streak dating back to last season. The Houston native is averaging only 25.6 minutes per game. Of the five Patriot League players with higher scoring averages, the next smallest minutes played average is 28.8, and three of the five are averaging at least 30 minutes per game. Ellis is averaging 25.9 points per 40 minutes. Even a 30-minutes per game average would raise his scoring average to 19.4 points per game, which would rank third in the league.

•  Be Army's third straight win over an Ivy League opponent and improve its record to 9-3 against the conference since 2009-10.
• Mark the first time Army won consecutive games since Jan. 3 (Dartmouth) and Jan. 8, 2011 (Colgate).
• Be Army's third win in its last four games against the Bulldogs.
• Improve Army's record at home this season to 3-0.
• Improve the Black Knights' record in November to 12-5 under Spiker.
• Push Army's record in non-conference games to 21-16 since the start of the 2009-10 season.

Army leads the all-time series, 28-22. Yale ended the Black Knights' two-game winning streak in the series with an 87-79 win in New Havine last season. The home team has won six of the last seven meetings.

The series dates back to a 22-15 Yale victory during the 1908-09 season.

First Meeting: 1908-09 (Yale, 22-15)
All-Time Record: Army leads 28-22
At West Point: Army leads, 13-4 (since 1948)
At Yale: Yale leads, 12-4 (since 1948)
At Neutral Site: Army leads, 2-0
Last Army Win: Nov. 28, 2009 (64-48 at West Point)
Last Yale Win: Nov. 27, 2010 (87-79 at Yale)
Series Streak: Yale W1
Largest Army Margin: +18 (45-27; 1939)
Largest Yale Margin: +31 (98-67; 1/21/88)

The Bulldogs have split their first two games of the season, alternating wins and losses. Yale and Army share one common opponent thus far in Central Connecticut. The Bulldogs scored a 73-69 win in their season opener, while Army lost to the Blue Devils, 67-51. Yale has also defeated Lyndon while losing at Quinnipiac and at Seton Hall.

Saturday's game is the second of three straight road contests. Following the game at Christl Arena, Yale will play at Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The Bulldogs are 0-2 on opponents' home floors this season.

The triumverate of Reggie Willhite, Greg Mangano and Austin Morgan have led the Bulldogs offense, which is scoring 74.5 points per game. Willhite leads the team with a 15.8 points-per-game average, while the 6-10 Mangano is scoring 12.3 points per contest. Morgan rounds out the Bulldogs' double-digit scorers at 10.3 markers a game. Mangano also leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per contest, and is second on the tema with six three-pointers in 18 tries. Morgan leads the team with seven triples. Michael Grace is handing out a team-high 4.0 assists per game off the bench.

Army has won eight of its last 11 games against Ivy League opponents. The Black Knights went 2-3 in five games against the conference last season.

The Black Knights have played at least two games against Ivy League opponents every season since 1994-95. Army is 25-42 against Ivy foes during that span.

Head coach Zach Spiker was an assistant at Cornell for five years before taking the reigns of the Army program. Spiker was part of back-to-back Ivy League championships and 50 conference wins during his five years in the league.

Army wraps up its three-game homestand on Wednesday, Nov. 30 against NJIT. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Black Knights scored a thrilling three-point win in Newark last season when Jeremy Hence hit a shot from just inside the halfcourt stripe as time expired.

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