Jan. 31, 2014
Army vs. Loyola Game Notes
Date: Feb. 1, 2014
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Baltimore, Md.
Venue: Reitz Arena
Series: Tied, 1-1
Streak: Army W1
The Last Meeting: at Army 91, Loyola 82 (1/5/14)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Loyola 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 for Saturday’s game.
Web: Saturday’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.patriotleague.tv. An audio stream featuring Rich DeMarco’s play-by-play can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #2 Mo Williams (Jr., 6-1, 185, 3.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 19.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 10.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 8.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
►Army begins the second half of its Patriot League schedule Saturday afternoon at Loyola. The Black Knights ended their first trip through the conference with a 6-3 record, tied for third with Holy Cross.
► The Black Knights are going for a season sweep of the Greyhounds. Army scored a 91-82 win at Christl Arena on Jan. 5. The Black Knights led by 13 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Loyola made it a one-point game. Army scored 16 of the final 24 points to set the margin.
► Army has lost its last two games, a home defeat at the hands of first-place American and an overtime road loss against second-place Boston University.
► Saturday’s game is the second of a two-game road stretch. The Black Knights have been one of the league’s best road teams, posting a 4-1 mark away from home versus conference foes. Wednesday’s loss at BU snapped a program record four-game road winning streak in Patriot League play.
► Kyle Wilson led Army with 23 points at BU. Wilson capped Army’s comeback from a 22-point second half deficit to tie the game at 72-72 with 11.4 seconds left. He scored seven of Army’s nine points in overtime. Wilson has scored 20-or-more points in five of the Black Knights’ nine Patriot League games. During conference play, he leads the league at 20.8 points per contest.
► Army is averaging a Patriot League best 74.4 points per game. The Black Knights have scored at least 75 points in five of their first nine conference games, including 80-or-more three times. The team’s scoring average currently ranks fifth on the Army single-season list.
► Sophomore center Kevin Ferguson broke an Army single-game record with six blocked shots at Boston University. Ferguson now owns the Black Knights’ game, season and career marks for rejections. His 42 swats this season bettered his own mark of 35 set in 2012-13, while his career total of 77 is tops on the Army career list. Ferguson broke the career record in just 51 games.
► Dylan Cox has stepped up his offensive game in recent outings. He has reached double figures in a career-high three straight games, including a career-best 19 at BU. His 42 points in that span represents the highest three-game total of his career.
A WIN OVER LOYOLA WOULD …
► Give Army a season sweep of the Greyhounds.
► End the Black Knights’ two-game losing streak.
► Give Army at least seven Patriot League wins for only the second time in school history (8-6, 2012-13).
► Improve the Black Knights’ road record in Patriot League play to 5-1.
► Keep Army in at least a tie for third place in the Patriot League standings.
► Mark Army’s best 10-game start to Patriot League play in program history (7-3).
► Give Army a 2-1 all-time series lead against the Greyhounds.
► Move head coach Zach Spiker into sole possession of fifth place on Army’s all-time victories list (64).
THE ARMY-LOYOLA SERIES
► The Black Knights and Greyhounds have split the first two meetings in the all-time series.
► Saturday is Army’s first trip to Baltimore since Jan. 13, 1990. The Greyhounds scored a 62-55 win in that meeting.
► Army defeated Loyola, 91-82, on Jan. 5 at Christl Arena. It was the first meeting between the two teams as Patriot League foes and the Greyhounds first visit to West Point.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Jan. 13, 1990 (Loyola, 62-55)
All-Time Record: Tied, 1-1
At West Point: Army leads, 1-0
At Loyola: Loyola leads, 1-0
At Neutral Site: ---
Last Army Win: Jan. 5, 2014 (91-82 at Army)
Last Loyola Win: Jan. 13, 1990 (62-55 at Loyola)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +9 (1/5/14, 91-82)
Largest Loyola Margin: +7 (1/13/190, 62-55)
► Loyola is in its first season as a member of the Patriot League after previously participating in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. First-year head coach G.G. Smith took the reins of the program after serving as a Greyhound assistant coach for the past six seasons. Smith, the son of current Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith, has also been on the staffs of Kentucky (2000-02), Tennessee Tech (2002-04), Armstrong Atlantic State (2004-06) and Johns Hopkins (2006-07).
► The Greyhounds are coming off a 60-51 loss at Holy Cross on Wednesday. Dylon Cormier led the team with 15 points. It was the ninth straight game that Cormier was the team’s top scorer.
► Cormier is the leading scorer in the Patriot League at 21.6 points per game. He also leads the team and ranks seventh in the conference with 5.7 points per game. He is the Patriot League’s top offensive rebounder with 3.0 per contest. Cormier has made a living at the free throw line this season, going 124-for-184.
► Eric Laster is the team’s second-leading scorer at 8.4 points per contest. He is the Greyhounds’ top three-point shooter with 30 makes and a 41.7 percent accuracy rate.
► The Loyola defense averages a Patriot League high 8.7 steals per contest.
► In addition to his defensive prowess, Kevin Ferguson is in the Army offensive record book. His 59.5 percent field goal accuracy rate ranks eighth on Army’s single-season list among players with at least 50 made field goals.
► Ferguson has made 113 field goals in 190 tries for his career. His 59.5 percent career field goal percentage is fourth on Army’s all-time list among players with at least 100 career field goals.
UP NEXT …
Army starts a two-game homestand on Wednesday when it hosts Lehigh. The Black Knights earned a 79-76 road win on Jan. 8 to snap a five-game losing streak versus the Mountain Hawks.