Jan. 7, 2014
Army vs. Lehigh Game Notes
Date: Jan. 8, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Bethlehem, Pa.
Venue: Stabler Arena
Series: Army leads, 60-38
Streak: Lehigh W5
The Last Meeting: at Lehigh 81, Army 75 (3/2/13)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: Service Electric Cable will broadcast the game in the Lehigh Valley.
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Lehigh game. The game can 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: Wednesday’s game can be viewed live at no charge on The Patriot League Network. The complete PLN schedule and link to view the web stream is located at —
www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league_live. The Army Sports Network audio can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 4.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 18.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 9.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
► Army starts a two-game road stretch Wednesday night when it travels to Lehigh. The Black Knights are 2-0 in Patriot League play for the first time in program history. Army will try to continue its recent conference regular-season season success. The Black Knights are 7-1 in their last eight Patriot League games, including 4-1 mark on the road. The only loss in that span was last year’s trip to Stabler Arena. Including the postseason, Army is 10-4 in its last 14 games against Patriot League foes.
► The Black Knights are coming off a 91-82 victory against Loyola. Army led by as many as 13 in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Greyhounds whittled the lead to just one point. The Black Knights ended the game on a 16-8 run to score the nine-point victory. Army had five players in double figures for the first time this season. Kyle Wilson (18), Dylan Cox (17), Kevin Ferguson (15), Tanner Plomb (12) and Larry Toomey (10) all contributed to the Black Knights’ season high point total.
► Army leads the Patriot League in scoring average, posting 75.4 points per game. In its two conference games, the Black Knights are averaging 88.0 points per contest. Army has scored at least 80 points five times this season, including two 90-point outings.
► The Black Knights’ defense has also improved in recent games. Army started 1-6, allowing opponents to shoot 50.0 percent from the field and score 82.0 points per game. In their last six games, the Black Knights are 5-1, giving up 67.5 points per game and limiting opponents to a 40.5 shooting percentage.
► Kyle Wilson is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game, the second-highest output in the Patriot League. Wilson has scored in double figures 12 times and owns seven 20-point games. He leads the Patriot League in free throw percentage (.891) and is fourth in the league with 2.2 three-pointers per game. Wilson is 18-for-28 (.643) from distance in the last seven games.
► Tanner Plomb has started to emerge as another offensive weapon. He had a career-high 24 points in the win at Lafayette and followed that with 12 points against Loyola. Plomb has scored in double figures four times in the last six games and is averaging 12.0 points per game during that span.
► Kevin Ferguson needs just five blocked shots to match his school record total from last season (35).
A WIN OVER LEHIGH WOULD …
► Be Army’s season-best fourth straight win and sixth win in the last seven games.
► Be Army’s eighth win in its last nine Patriot League regular season games.
► Snap a five-game losing streak against the Mountain Hawks.
► Mark the first time Army started its Patriot League schedule 3-0.
► Pull Army’s overall record even for the first time since starting 1-1.
► Move Zach Spiker into a tie for sixth place on Army’s all-time wins list (60).
► Make Spiker the first Army coach to win at least 60 games in their first five seasons since Les Wothke, who won 61 games from 1982-87.
THE ARMY-LEHIGH SERIES
► Army leads the all-time series, 60-38. The rivalry dates back to the 1906-07 season.
► The Mountain Hawks have won 19 of the last 26 and 13 of the last 14 regular-season meetings. Lehigh leads the series 31-18 since the start of Patriot League play in 1990-91.
► The Black Knights and Mountain Hawks met in the league quarterfinals met four straight times from 2007-09. Army won the first three meetings before Lehigh took the 2009 match up.
► Four of the last six meetings have been decided by nine points or less, including the last meeting, an 81-75 Lehigh win at Stabler Arena.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1906-07 (Lehigh, 26-24)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 60-38
At West Point: Army leads, 29-15 (since ‘54-55)
At Lehigh: Lehigh leads, 19-10 (since ‘54-55)
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Jan. 15, 2011 (75-72 at Lehigh)
Last Lehigh Win: Mar. 2, 2013 (81-75 at Lehigh)
Series Streak: Lehigh W5
Largest Army Margin: +60 (88-28, 1948)
Largest Lehigh Margin: +26 (75-49, 2/6/00)
► Brett Reed is in his seventh season as the head coach at Lehigh. Reed has guided the Mountain Hawks to the Patriot League Tournament title in two of the last three seasons.
► Despite the loss of several key players, the Mountain Hawks are once again on the winning side of the ledger. Lehigh (8-7) and Boston University (9-6) are the only two teams in the Patriot League with overall winning records.
► After a 1-4 start, Lehigh has won seven of its last 10, including a five-game winning streak.
► The Mountain Hawks’ last three games have been decided by a total of 10 points. After a two-point loss to Bryant, Lehigh opened its Patriot League schedule with an 88-81 overtime win at Colgate. They suffered their first league loss on Sunday, a 67-66 home defeat versus BU.
► Senior Macky McKnight, a preseason all-league selection, is the team’s top scorer at 14.7 points per game. Rookie Tim Kempton is next on the list at 13.7 points per contest and is the team’s leading rebounder at 6.7 per game. Jesse Chuku is also in double figures at 10.2 points per contest. Freshman Austin Price has 30 three-pointers.
ON THE REBOUND
► Army has held the rebounding edge in four of its six victories. The Black Knights have been outrebounded in all seven losses.
► In its seven losses, Army is -6.6 per game in rebounding margin (232-278). In their six victories, the Black Knights are +3.3 per game (224-204).
► Army is 18-4 in its last 22 games when holding a rebounding edge. The Black Knights are 4-16 when losing the rebounding battle in that span.
UP NEXT …
Army faces arch-rival Navy on Saturday at Alumni Hall. The game will be broadcast live by CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. The two teams split last season with Army winning in Annapolis.