Feb. 21, 2012
Army vs. Holy Cross Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army plays its final regular-season road contest Wednesday night at Holy Cross. Tip-off at the Hart Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Black Knights are going for their third sweep of the season after taking all four games from Navy and Colgate. Army has never swept the season series from three different teams during Patriot League play. Conference foes dating back to their membership in the MAAC, Army has never defeated Holy Cross twice in the same season.
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Holy Cross 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: ITT Knight Vision will carry a live audio stream of the Army Sports Network broadcast. A video stream is also available via Patriot League All-Access on www.patriotleague.com. Subscription fees apply.
► Army has already secured at least the sixth seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. The Black Knights can move up to the fifth spot with victories in their final two games and some help. If Army wins out and ends up in a tie with the Crusaders at 7-7, the Black Knights would win the tiebreaker thanks to their two head-to-head victories. If Army ends up in a three-way tie for fourth with Lafayette (6-6), Army would claim the fifth spot because of its 2-2 record against Holy Cross and the Leopards. In those scenarios, the Black Knights would play at No. 5 Lafayette in the quarterfinals. Army loses a tiebreaker with Lafayette due to the Leopards two victories over the Black Knights.
► Army shot just 32.7 percent for the game and was 3-for-21 (.143) from three-point range in its 74-50 loss to American last time out. The Black Knights are hitting 40.0 percent overall and 28.4 percent from three-point range in the last four games even with a 30-for-58 (.517) overall and 12-for-25 (.480) effort from three-point range at Colgate.
► Junior F Ella Ellis became the 28th player in Army history to score 1,000 career points with a 16-point showing last time out against American. Ellis is on the verge of another milestone. He is four points shy of posting the 19th 500-point season in Academy history. Coupled with his 129 rebounds and 58 assists, Ellis would be just the third player in Army history to score 500 points, grab at least 125 rebounds and hand out at least 50 assists in the same season. The last player to do it was Kevin Houston during the 1986-87 campaign. Ellis has scored in double figures in 29 straight games, the longest streak by an Army player since Houston had a run of 57 consecutive games from 1984-87.
► Sophomore G Josh Herbeck has 69 three-pointers on the season, the eighth-most in Academy history. Jarell Brown was the last player to make at least 70 in a season when set the Army record with 101 triples in 2007-08. Herbeck’s 107 career three-pointers are the second most by an Army player during their first two seasons (Alex Morris, 111).
A WIN OVER HOLY CROSS WOULD …
► Give Army a season sweep of the the Crusaders for the first time.
► Be the first time Army has ever swept three Patriot League foes in the same season.
► Tie the Black Knights’ highest Patriot League win total.
► Be Army’s third win in the last five trips to Worcester.
► Be the Black Knights’ second straight road win in Patriot League play.
► End the Crusaders’ four-game winning streak.
THE ARMY-HOLY CROSS SERIES
► Holy Cross owns a 56-17 advantage in the all-time series with the Black Knights. The Black Knights’ win at Christl Arena earlier this season stopped a nine-game home losing streak.
► The Black Knights have won two of the last four games at the Hart Center.
► The two teams have met at least twice each season since 1983-84. Prior to the formation of the Patriot League, both Army and Holy Cross competed in the MAAC. Army has never defeated the Crusaders twice in the same season.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Feb. 22, 1926 (Army, 41-27)
All-Time Record: Holy Cross leads, 56-17
At West Point: Holy Cross leads, 21-13
At Holy Cross: Holy Cross leads, 31-3
At Neutral Site: Holy Cross leads, 3-0
Last Army Win: Jan. 25, 2012 (74-68 at West Point)
Last HC Win: Feb. 9, 2011 (85-75 at West Point)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +21 (65-44, 12/17/66)
Largest HC Margin: +50 (88-38, 2/8/06)
ARMY STAT LEADERS
Scoring Average: Ella Ellis (18.4)
FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Andrew Stire (.667)
3-PT FG Made: Josh Herbeck (69)
3-PT FG Pct. (min. 25 att.): Josh Herbeck (.426)
Free Throws Made: Ella Ellis (133)
Free Throw Attempts: Ella Ellis (160)
Free Throw Pct. (min. 20 att.): Ella Ellis (.831)
Rebounding Average: Ella Ellis (4.8)
Assists: Maxwell Lenox (83)
Steals: Julian Simmons/Maxwell Lenox (28)
Blocked Shots: Ella Ellis (10)
Minutes/Game: Ella Ellis (30.6)
ABOUT HOLY CROSS
► Since suffering a loss at West Point on Jan. 25, Holy Cross has ripped off five wins in its last six games, including its current four-game winning streak. The Crusaders have taken over the fourth spot in the Patriot League standings, one game ahead of Lafayette and two ahead of Army with two games left in the regular season.
► Holy Cross is coming off a 54-52 win over first-place Bucknell. Freshman Justin Burrell scored 15 points to lead the Crusaders. After Bucknell scored the first basket, Holy Cross ripped off 17 straight points and built an 18-point halftime lead. Bucknell mounted a second-half rally, but the Crusaders maintained the lead.
► Holy Cross is averaging 64.0 points per game. Devin Brown and R.J. Evans are averaging in double figures at 14.6 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Brown is the team’s biggest three-point threat with 50 triples, a third of the team’s total. Dave Dudzinski is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 6.0 boards per game.
► Holy Cross has allowed 67.0 points per game for the season, but has limited five of its last six opponents to 63 points or less, including three teams to just 52 points. Patriot League opponents are shooting just 31.4 percent from three-point range against Holy Cross.
► The trio of Josh Herbeck (69), Julian Simmons (58) and Ella Ellis (59) are the first three players in Army history to each make at least 50 three-pointers in the same season.
► Army ranks second in the Patriot League and 29th in the country with 8.2 three-pointers per game. The Black Knights’ success from long range has correlated with their success in the win-loss column this season. Army is 10-5 in games in which it shoots better than 33.3 percent and 2-10 when it shoots below 33.3 percent.
► Army has made 222 three-pointers this season, the second most in Academy history. Last year’s team set the school record with 264 triples.
► Army has made at least 10 three-pointers 10 times this season. The Black Knights have posted an 8-2 mark in those outings. The Black Knights have made at least 10 triples in 23 games over the last two seasons (15-8).
► Army is 25-10 since the start of 2008-09 when making at least 40.0 percent of its triple tries.
► In its last 46 wins, Army is shooting 41.0 percent (372 for 907) from long range. In their last 66 losses, the Black Knights are hitting at just a 31.7 percent clip (410 for 1295).
► Army has broken the Academy record for three-pointers twice this season. The Black Knights hit 15 against Bryant and then drilled 16 in the home win versus Colgate. Army’s 36 attempts against the Bulldogs were also a school record.
UP NEXT ...
Army plays its regular-season finale against Lehigh at Christl Arena on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Mountain Hawks won the first meeting in Bethlehem. The Black Knights will honor seniors Pat Harris, Josh Johnson and Julian Simmons prior to tip off, which is scheduled for 4 p.m.