Nov. 29, 2013
Army vs. HBU Game Notes
Date: Nov. 30, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Venue: Christl Arena
Series: Army leads, 1-0
Streak: Army W1
The Last Meeting: Army 95, at HBU 86 (12/31/12)
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Houston Baptist game. The game can be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Nick DeSanctis 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.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league_live. In addition, the Army Sports Network audio can be heard on Knight Vision via goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.
ARMY PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #11 Dylan Cox (So., 6-4, 185, 8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
G - #23 Josh Herbeck (Sr., 6-2, 192, 6.6 ppg, 0.8 rpg)
F - #21 Kyle Wilson (So., 6-4, 190, 15.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
F - #32 Tanner Plomb (So., 6-7, 200, 6.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
C - #31 Kevin Ferguson (So., 6-10, 200, 9.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
► Army returns home Saturday to face Houston Baptist. The Black Knights and Huskies met for the first time last season in Houston, a 95-86 Army victory.
► The Black Knights are trying to stop a three-game skid. Army has lost to NJIT, Delaware and Notre Dame, giving up at least 89 points in all three outings.
► Army has never lost three non-conference home games in one season under head coach Zach Spiker.
► Sophomore point guard Dylan Cox has stepped up his offensive game in the last two outings. Cox matched his career high with 14 points versus Delaware. He followed that with 11 points at Notre Dame. Cox just missed a double-double with a team-high eight rebounds. He also dished out five assists, blocked a shot and made one steal against the Fighting Irish.
► Sophomore center Kevin Ferguson has also reached double figures in back-to-back outings. He posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs, versus Delaware. At Notre Dame, he scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Ferguson is Army’s second-leading scorer at 9.0 points per game. He also leads the team with .692 field goal percentage and 13 blocked shots.
► Despite a season-low seven points at Notre Dame, sophomore Kyle Wilson remains on top of the Army scoring ledger at 15.4 points per game. Wilson has scored in double figures four times, including a pair of 20-plus games. He scored a career-high 26 points versus NJIT.
► Army is trying to break out of its three-point shooting slump to start the season. The Black Knights are just 41-for-160 (.256) from distance through the first five games. The Black Knights have shot at least 35.5 percent in each of the last three seasons. Army’s best game from behind the arc came against NJIT when it connected on 13 of its 39 attempts (.333). The Black Knights are 7-for-46 (.152) from three-point range in their last two games.
► Ten of the 13 Black Knights that have played in at least four games this season are underclassmen — six sophomores and four freshmen.
A WIN OVER HOUSTON BAPTIST WOULD …
► Improve Army’s record against the Huskies to 2-0.
► Be Army’s first home victory of the season (0-2).
► Snap the Black Knights’ three-game losing streak.
► Avoid Army’s first three-game losing streak in non-conference games at Christl Arena under Zach Spiker.
► Avoid Army’s first four-game overall losing streak since the last four outings of the 2011-12 season.
► Improve Army’s record to 4-1 against teams from the state of Texas in the last five seasons.
► Be head coach Zach Spiker’s 55th victory at West Point (54-71), tying him for seventh on Army’s all-time wins list.
THE ARMY-HOUSTON BAPTIST SERIES
► Army and Houston Baptist met for the first time last season. The Black Knights scored a 95-86 win at Sharp Gymnasium. Houston Baptist is making its first trip to West Point.
► The Huskies led by five points in the second half, but the Black Knights used a 30-13 run to to score the victory.
► Ella Ellis led Army with 26 points, including a 15-for-16 day from the free throw line. Kyle Wilson added 24 points, 16 of which were in the second half, and six assists.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Dec. 31, 2012 (Army, 95-86)
All-Time Record: Army leads, 1-0
At West Point: First Meeting
At HBU: Army leads, 1-0
At Neutral Site: ---
Last Army Win: Dec. 31, 2012 (95-86 at HBU)
Last HBU Win: ---
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +9 (95-86; 12/31/12)
Largest HBU Margin: ---
ABOUT HOUSTON BAPTIST
► Ron Cottrell is in his 23rd season as the head man at Houston Baptist. He is the ninth-longest tenured coach in Division I. He has led the Huskies to a 421-298 record in his time. Cottrell supervised the progam’s transition from NAIA Divion I to NCAA Division I. He also serves as the associate director of athletics after serving 15 years as the athletic director at HBU.
► The Huskies have played five of their first six games away from Sharp Gymnasium. HBU defeated Crowley’s Ridge in its only home game, while losing at Texas Tech, Texas, and South Alabama. The Huskies lost neutral site games against Wright State and Southern Mississippi.
► HBU is coming off a 79-59 loss versus South Alabama in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Rob Lewils led the Huskies with 14 points off the bench. Cody Joyce added 10 points.
► Lewis is the team’s leading scorer at 12.2 points per game. He has played in all six games, starting three times. He also has a team-high seven three-pointers. Tyler Russell and Cody Joyce are also scoring in double-figures at 10.7 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.
► Army’s chances for success increase dramatically when scoring at least 70 points. The Black Knights own a record of 45-24 in the last 69 games when scoring at least 70 points. Army is 188-39 (.828) all-time when scoring at least 80 in a game.
► Sixty (60) points is usually Army’s magic number. The Black Knights are 63-47 in their last 110 games when reaching the 60-point mark. Conversely, Army has won just 14 of its last 70 games when not scoring at least 60 points (14-56).
► Army has dropped 15 straight when scoring less than 50 points. The Black Knights have lost 116 of their last 117 games when failing to reach the 50-point mark.
► The Black Knights scored at least 90 points an Academy record five times last season. Army had reached the 90-point mark four times during the 1963-64 and 1993-94 seasons.
UP NEXT …
Army gets right back on the floor Wednesday night at Columbia. The Lions used a late run to score a victory at West Point last season.