Dec. 21, 2012
Army vs. Rosemont Game Notes
Date: Dec. 22, 2012
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: First Meeting
Last Meeting: N/A
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Rosemont 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.
► Army plays the second of back-to-back home games when it hosts the Rosemont Ravens on Saturday afternoon. The Black Knights have been idle since a 96-67 win over Maine on Dec. 14 due to West Point’s term-ending exam period.
► The Black Knights are a perfect 3-0 at Christl Arena this season, defeating its opponents by an average of 24.0 points per game. Army has won seven consecutive home games against non-conference foes, scoring at least 85 points in the last four of those games.
► A season-high five players reached double figures in the Black Knights’ win over Maine last Friday night. Freshman Kyle Wilson paced the team with 18 points, while senior Ella Ellis chipped in 17 points. Kyle Toth (11), Larry Toomey (11) and Josh Herbeck (10) rounded out Army’s top scorers. The Black Knights’ 96 points were a season-high and the most against Division I competition since scoring 96 against Longwood on Jan. 3, 2012.
► Ellis leads the team with a 19.4 points-per-game average. He is the Patriot League’s second-leading scorer. Ellis has reached double figures in all 10 games this season and in 13 straight overall. He has led Army in scoring eight times through the first 10 games.
► Ellis moved into 17th place on Army’s all-time scoring list with 1,231 points. He is 23 points shy of moving up to 16th and 25 points short of cracking the Black Knights’ all-time top 15.
► The Houston native is also moving up the ranks on the Black Knights’ all-time three-point list. His 152 is currently sixth, 16 short of moving into Army’s top five. He is 24-for-47 (.511) from long range in the last seven games.
► Wilson is Army’s second-leading scorer, and the highest-scoring freshman in the Patriot League at 11.9 points per game. He is the most productive scorer of a talented rookie class. Army’s freshmen have accounted for 48.1 percent of its points and 44.3 percent of its rebounds. Dylan Cox has started every game and leads the team in assists and rebounds. Army has started three freshmen in each of the last four games, and have started at least two plebes every game this season.
A WIN OVER ROSEMONT WOULD …
► Extend Army’s winning streak in non-conference home games to eight.
► Improve the Black Knights’ home record to 4-0.
► Be Army’s 27th straight win against non-Division I competition since 1993.
► Improve Army’s record to 10-6 in their last 16 non-conference games.
► Even the Black Knights’ December record at 3-3.
► Put Army back over the .500 mark.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 43rd win at West Point (42-57; fourth season).
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg; Averaging 12.3 ppg in four starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg; Leads team in assists and rebounds)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 19.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 13 straight double-digit scoring games)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 4.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg; Career-high 11 points in win over Maine)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 3.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Season-high 10 boards against Marist)
THE ARMY-ROSEMONT SERIES
► Saturday’s game is the first meeting between Army and Rosemont on the hardwood.
► The Rosemont Ravens are an NCAA Division III program located in Rosemont, Pa. This is the fourth season of varsity competition for the program. Last season’s team went 13-13 overall and 9-9 in conference play, qualifying for the Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time in school history.
► The Ravens are off to a 6-2 start, including a 2-2 mark in conference play. Rosemont has been idle since an 89-73 loss to Cabrini College on Dec. 10.
► Derrick Carter led the team against Cabrini with 15 points. He was one of four players in double figures, including Kiwan Murray (13), Jashaun Fontanez (13) and DeAndre Jordan (12).
► As a team, the Ravens are averaging 77.6 points per game, while giving up 71.4. They have ben on the short end of a 39.2-30.6 rebounding margin.
► Carter is the team’s leading scorer at 18.5 points per game. Three other players are scoring in double figures. Mitch Carsillo is averaging 15.0 points per game, but has missed the last three games. Jordan is scoring at a 13.4 points-per-game clip, while Fontanez is averaging 11.3 points per contest.
► Carter is also the teams’ leading rebounder at 5.3 boards per game. Fontanez has made a team-high 18 three-pointers, and is shooting 41.9 percent from long range.
HOME SWEET HOME
► Army has enjoyed its familiar surroundings in recent seasons. Since the start of 2009-10, the Black Knights are 26-18 at Christl Arena, including a 19-4 mark against non-conference teams.
► The Black Knights have won seven in a row against non-conference opponents at West Point. Army has outscored its opponents 82.1-67.1 during that span. Army has scored at least 85 points in its last four non-league home games.
UP NEXT ...
Army takes another week-long break from competition before a two-game swing through Texas. The Black Knights play at Texas A&M on Dec. 29 and Houston Baptist on Dec. 31.