Army Starts Homestand Against St. Francis

Ella Ellis has scored at least 20 points in three straight games.

Ella Ellis has scored at least 20 points in three straight games.

Dec. 30, 2011

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army opens a three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon against St. Francis (N.Y.). Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 2 p.m. The Black Knights have won their last two home games and boast a 4-2 record at Christl Arena so far this season. Conversely, Army has lost its last three road games and owns a 1-6 record in games played away from West Point.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the St. Francis 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: ITT Knight Vision will have a video stream of Saturday’s game. Subscription fees apply.

The Black Knights are 3-3 in December heading into the month’s final game. A win would give the Black Knights their first winning month since posting a 4-2 mark in November 2011.

Army is coming off a 71-64 loss at Presbyterian. Junior F Ella Ellis led all players with 22 points, while senior G Julian Simmons reached double figures for the second straight outing with 14 points. Freshman G Milton Washington made his first career start and responded with a career-high 12 points. The Black Knights led by as many as 11 points early in the second half, but the Blue Hose used a 17-0 run to retake the lead. Army led 54-52, but another PC run pushed the Blue Hose over the top.

Ellis is on the best scoring streak of his career. The Houston native has posted at least 20 points in three straight games, tying his career best streak. He is averaging 22.3 points per contest in that span. Ellis has scored in double figures in a career-high 15 straight games. He ranks third in the Patriot League with a 17.5 points per game scoring average.

Simmons has started to heat up as well. He has scored in double figures in back-to-back games, averaging 13.5 points in the last two outings. His 14-point effort against Presbyterian moved him into 26th place on the Army scoring list. Simmons has 1,038 career points, just six shy of 25th place  and 16 points short of 24th place.

Washington became the fourth Army freshman to start this season, and the fourth plebe to score in double figures this season. Washington, Maxwell Lenox, Mo Williams and Jalen Harris have all started at least once and have scored at least 10 points in a game this season. The freshman class has combined to score 212 points (16.3 ppg), which is 24.4 percent of Army’s point production this season. Lenox is the Black Knights’ leader in both assists and steals.

Sophomore G Josh Herbeck made one three-pointer at Presbyterian, his 13th straight game with at least one triple. Herbeck leads the team with 28 three-pointers this season.

• Be Army’s third straight home victory.
• Be the Black Knights’ third win in four games.
• Improve Army’s record to 4-3 in December.
• End Army’s four-game losing streak against the Terriers.
• Be head coach Zach Spiker’s 31st career victory, already the most by an Army coach in their third season since Les Wothke went 38-48 in his first three seasons (1982-85).
• Push Army’s record in non-conference games to 24-21 since the start of the 2009-10 season.

The all-time series between Army and St. Francis (N.Y.) is tied at 6-6. The history between the two squads dates back to the 1922-23 season.

The Terriers have won four straight against the Black Knights, including a 78-64 win in the last meeting on Dec. 4, 2004.

Army has lost its last two home games against the Terriers.

First Meeting: 1922-23 (Army, 35-14)
All-Time Record: Tied, 6-6
At West Point: Tied, 3-3 (since 1968)
At St. Francis: St. Francis leads, 3-0 (since 1968)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Mar. 2, 1983 (85-71 at West Point)
Last St. Francis Win: Dec. 4, 2004 (78-64 at SF)
Series Streak: St. Francis W4
Largest Army Margin: +31 (64-33; 12/18/68)
Largest SF Margin: +17 (69-52; 12/30/95)

Scoring  Average: Ella Ellis (17.5)
FG Pct. (min. 10 att.): Milton Washington (.700)
3-PT FG Made: Josh Herbeck (28)
3-PT FG Pct. (min. 10 att.): Jason Pancoe (.375)
Free Throws Made: Ella Ellis (55)
Free Throw Attempts: Ella Ellis (70)
Free Throw Pct. (min. 10 att.): Jordan Springer (.846)
Rebounds: Jordan Springer (60)
Rebounding Average: Jordan Springer (4.6)
Assists: Maxwell Lenox (34)
Steals: Maxwell Lenox (14)
Blocked Shots: Andrew Stire/Ella Ellis (5)
Minutes/Game: Josh Herbeck (29.0)

St. Francis snapped a two-game losing streak with a 66-49 home win over Brown. The Terriers started the season with nine straight road games before going 1-2 on a three-game homestand against Albany, Norfolk State and Brown.

Army is the Terriers’ third Patriot League opponent of the season. St. Francis lost at Lafayette, 79-73, and at Colgate, 65-63.

Stefan Perunicic led a balanced attack in the win over Brown with 14 points. He was one of four players in double figures. Perunicic hit three three-pointers. The Terriers limited the Bars to just 28.8 percent shooting for the game.

St. Francis has three players with double digit scoring averages. Ben Mockford leads the team at 12.1 points per game, followed by Perunicic (11.7) and Travis Nichols (10.3). Jalen Cannon is the team’s top rebounder at 6.8 boards per game.

Mockford (36), Perunicic (28) and Nichols (19) have combined to make 83 of the Terriers’ 94 three-pointers this season.

The Black Knights wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 3 versus Longwood. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 7 p.m.

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