Kyle Toth made four three-pointers in the first meeting against Colgate.
Feb. 19, 2013
Date: Feb. 20, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Colgate leads, 56-55
Streak: Colgate W1
Last Meeting: Jan. 23, 2013 (at Colgate 93, Army 90 (OT))
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will not broadcast the Colgate game.
Web: An audio and video stream will be available at www.goARMYsports.com. A live video stream is available via Patriot League All-Access on patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply at both web sites. Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play.
► Army opens the home stretch of the Patriot League schedule with a crucial match up with Colgate at Christl Arena Wednesday night. The Black Knights have won two straight and stand at 5-5 in conference play. Army is tied for fourth place with American, one game behind Lafayette (6-4) and one game ahead of the Raiders (4-6).
► The Black Knights are coming off a thrilling 56-55 road win at arch-rival Navy. The win placed the Alumni Trophy at West Point for the second straight season and third time in four years. It is the first time since a three-game run from 1976-78 that the Black Knights have won consecutive Star Games. Army trailed by six at halftime and overcame a seven-point deficit with 12 minutes remaining.
► Freshman Kyle Wilson won his fifth Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificate after averaging 18.0 points 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the Black Knights’ two victories. Wilson holds the most awards of any league rookie this season and the most by an Army player since David Aardayfio won six during his Patriot League Rookie of the Year season in 1990-91. Wilson’s 333 points rank sixth on Army’s freshman scoring ledger, just two shy of passing all-time leading scorer Kevin Houston for fifth place. Wilson ranks second on the team at 13.3 points per game overall and is tied for the team lead at 15.1 points per game in conference play. He is the league’s leading scorer among rookies in both categories.
► Senior Ella Ellis scored 10 of his 12 points against Navy during Army’s 20-7 run that overcame its seven-point deficit. Ellis is the team’s top scorer at 16.4 points per game, the third-best average in the Patriot League. He moved into eighth place on Army’s all-time scoring ledger with 1,448 points, passing recent great Jarell Brown (2004-08).
► Army’s rookie class continues to be among the Patriot League’s best. In addition to Wilson, Dylan Cox (5.4 rpg) is the top rebounding freshman in the conference. He also leads the league with a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference play. Kevin Ferguson’s 23 blocked shots is an Army rookie record and leads all Patriot League freshmen. Kyle Toth’s 2.0 three-pointers per game rank first among league freshman. Four of Army’s top six scorers are freshman — Wilson, Toth (8.7 ppg), Cox (6.2 ppg) and Larry Toomey (6.1 ppg).
A WIN OVER COLGATE WOULD …
► Give Army its best 11-game start in Patriot League play (6-5) and match the program high for Patriot League wins in a season (6).
► Keep Army in at least a tie for fourth place with American and potentially move into a tie for third pending the outcome of Lafayette’s game at Holy Cross.
► Be Army’s first three-game Patriot League regular season winning streak since 2008-09.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 50th win at West Point (49-65; fourth season).
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 8.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg -- Averaging 10.2 points in his 19 starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 6.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg -- 38 assists/10 turnovers in PL play)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 16.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg -- Has scored 1,448 career points)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (Fr., 6-4, 190, 13.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg -- 9 straight games scoring in double figures)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (Fr., 6-10, 200, 2.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg -- Army rookie record 24 blocked shots)
THE ARMY-COLGATE SERIES
► The Army-Colgate rivalry dates back to the 1904-05 season. The Raiders are the Black Knights’ second-most common opponent behind Navy (117 games). Colgate has won just more than half the 111 meetings, holding a 56-55 series lead.
► Despite Colgate’s win in the first meeting of the season, the Black Knights have won four of the last six in the series. Seven of the last 13 games have been decided by four points or less and/or in overtime.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: 1904-05 (Army, 10-8)
All-Time Record: Colgate leads, 56-55
At West Point: Army leads, 27-22 (since 1950)
At Colgate: Colgate leads, 25-8 (since 1950)
At Neutral Site: Tied, 1-1
Last Army Win: Feb. 15, 2012 (79-59 at Army)
Last Colgate Win: Jan. 23, 2013 (93-90, OT at Colgate)
Series Streak: Colgate W1
Largest Army Margin: +38 (89-51, 1964-65)
Largest Colgate Margin: +30 (45-15, 1916-17)
► Matt Langel, a gradute of Penn, is in his second season as the head coach at Colgate. Langel spent the previous five years as an assistant coach at Temple.
► The Raiders come to West Point on the heels of a 64-60 home win against then first-place Lehigh. The Raiders jumped out to a 22-point lead and withstood a furious Lehigh rally to hang on for the victory. Murphy Burnatowski led Colgate with 19 points. Pat Moore was also in double figures with 17 points.
► Burnatowski, a transfer from Maine, leads the team and ranks second in the Patriot League with a 17.1 points per game average. He has made 59 three-pointers and is hitting at a 36.6 percent clip from deep. Moore is also averaging double figures at 10.0 points per game. He has 51 triples and is shooting 42.1 percent behind the arc.
► Luke Roh is the team’s top rebounder with 6.5 boards per game, while Mitch Rolls has handed out a team-high 80 assists.
UP NEXT …
Army travels to American in search of its first season sweep of the Eagles. The Black Knights scored a 77-64 win at West Point on Jan. 26. Army has never defeated American on the road since the Eagles joined the Patriot League in 2001-02 (0-14). Four of the last nine meetings have been decided by six points or less. Army will try to extend its program record Patriot League road winning streak to four games.