Dec. 13, 2012
Army vs. Maine Game Notes
Date: Dec. 14, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Army leads, 1-0
Streak: Army W1
Last Meeting: Dec. 22, 1969 -- at Army 68, Maine 42
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Maine 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: An audio and video stream are available at www.goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
► The Black Knights will play just their third home game of the season on Friday night when they host the Maine Black Bears. Army has won its first two home games this season, averaging 88.0 points per game in the process. The Black Knights are currently riding a six-game home winning streak versus non-conference opponents.
► Maine is making its first trip to West Point since Dec. 22, 1969. Army was victorious in that game, 68-42. The two teams have not met since.
► Army is coming off a 69-67 loss at NJIT. The Highlanders scored the game-winning basket with one second left to cap a dramatic comeback. NJIT scored the final seven points of the game. Senior Ella Ellis led Army with 16 points, while junior Andrew Stire netted a career-high 13 points. Rookie Kyle Wilson added 10 points, his fifth double-digit outing in the first nine games.
► Army outrebounded the Highlanders, 48-35. The Black Knights own a +4.3 rebounding margin for the season, second-best in the Patriot League. Army has not held a positive rebounding margin since the 1995-96 squad bested their opponents by 0.4 rebounds per game. The Black Knights’ current margin would be the highest since the 1969-70 squad also outrebounded foes by 4.3 per game.
► Ellis’s 16-point effort against NJIT kept him on top of the Army scoring ledger at 19.7 points per contest. He has been the Black Knights’ leading scorer in eight of the first nine games, and has scored in double figures in 12 straight outings. Ellis’s 1,214 career points ranks 18th all-time at West Point.
► Ellis has been on target from long range in recent weeks. In the last six games, he is making 50.0 percent of his three-point tries (20-40). His 2.9 triples per game on the season are the most in the Patriot League. Ellis is ranked sixth on Army’s career three-point list (147).
► Of the 13 players that made an appearance against NJIT, seven were plebes. Those seven, led by Wilson’s 10 points, accounted for 32 of Army’s 67 points (47.8 percent). For the season, freshmen have scored 46.2 percent of Army’s points.
► Friday is Army’s last game before taking a week-long break for term-ending exams.
A WIN OVER MAINE WOULD …
► Extend Army’s winning streak in non-conference home games to seven.
► Improve the Black Knights’ home record to 3-0.
► Move Army’s all-time record against Maine to 2-0.
► Improve Army’s record to 9-6 in their last 15 non-conference games.
► Avoid the team’s first three-game losing streak.
► Get Army back to the .500 mark.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 42nd win at West Point (41-57; fourth season).
ARMY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 6.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg; Scored career-high 20 points vs. Marist)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 1.37 assist-to-turnover ratio)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 19.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg; Team leader in scoring and rebounding)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 4.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg; Started the last three games)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 3.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Season-high 10 boards against Marist)
THE ARMY-MAINE SERIES
► Friday’s game marks the first meeting between Army and Maine since Dec. 22, 1969. The Black Knights scored a 68-42 win at West Point’s Gillis Field House.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 22, 1969 (Army, 68-42)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 1-0
At West Point: Army leads, 1-0
At Maine: N/A
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Dec. 22, 1969 (68-42 at Army)
Last Maine Win: N/A
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +26 (68-42; 12/22/69)
Largest Maine Margin: N/A
► Maine coach Ted Woodward is in his ninth season guiding the Black Bears. He served as an assistant at the school for eight seasons, including a one-year stint as associate head coach. A 1986 graduate of Bucknell and Suffern, N.Y., native, Woodward has also served as an assistant at Connecticut (1986-89), Harvard (1989-91) and Central Connecticut (1991-96). He also served as the Black Bears’ golf coach from 1997-2001.
► The Black Bears have been idle since a 91-59 loss at Florida State on Dec. 9. Despite the setback, Maine has won three of its last five games, defeating Siena, Northeastern and Fisher. Army is Maine’s second Patriot League foe of the year. The Black Bears lost at Holy Cross, 57-54, on Nov. 14.
► Sophomore Justin Edwards, an America East All-Rookie Team pick last season, is one of three players averaging in double figures at 16.3 points per game. He is also averaging 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
► Alasdair Fraser and Xavier Pollard are scoring 12.9 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Fraser is the team’s leading rebounder (9.3), while Pollard averages a team-high 4.6 assists per game. John Mesghna is the team’s top three-point threat, hitting 14-of-36 shots from deep.
HOME SWEET HOME
► Army has enjoyed its familiar surroundings in recent seasons. Since the start of 2009-10, the Black Knights are 25-18 at Christl Arena, including an 18-4 mark against non-conference teams.
► The Black Knights have won six in a row against non-conference opponents at West Point. Army has outscored its opponents 79.8-67.2 during that span. Army has scored at least 85 points in its last three non-league home games.
ARMY’S NON-CONFERENCE STREAK
Dec. 18, 2011 - Army 61, Texas-Pan American 59
Dec. 21, 2011 - Army 67, Dartmouth 64
Dec. 31, 2011 - Army 79, St. Francis (N.Y.) 70
Jan. 3, 2011 - Army 96, Longwood 77
Nov. 16, 2012 - Army 85, Binghamton 76
Dec. 4, 2012 - Army 91, Marist 57
UP NEXT ...
The Black Knights will take a week off from competition to focus on term-ending exams. Army's next game is next Saturday, Dec. 22 versus Division III Rosemont at Christl Arena. Tip-off is at 1 p.m.