Dec. 2, 2011
Army vs. Binghamton Game Notes
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's basketball team plays its first road game in two weeks on Saturday when it travels to Binghamton. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
ARMY ON THE AIR
Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Binghamton game. The game will be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will call all the action.
Web: A live video stream will be available online via www.goARMYsports.com's Knight Vision package. Subscription fees apply.
Army is 0-3 away from West Point this season. The Black Knights lost their last road game, 67-51, at Central Connecticut on Nov. 19.
Saturday's game starts a three-game road trip for the Black Knights. Following its trip to Binghamton, Army will play at Hudson Valley rival Marist (Dec. 7) and La Salle (Dec. 10) before taking a week off for term-ending exams.
Army wrapped up its recent three-game homestand with a 54-53 loss to NJIT last Wednesday. The Black Knights trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half, but fought back to within one point. Army had a chance to win the game, but a last-second leaner in the lane rimmed out.
The Black Knights had their worst shooting game of the season against the Highlanders. Army hit just 18 of its 57 shot attempts (.316), including a 2-for-24 (.083) showing from three-point range. It was the fewest number of threes the Black Knights made in a game since hitting just two of 14 tries in a loss to Lehigh in the 2010 Patriot League semifinals. It was Army's worst three-point shooting percentage since going 0-for-7 in a win over Dartmouth in December 2009.
Despite a 3-for-13 shooting effort against the Highlanders, junior F Ella Ellis kept his double-digit scoring streak live with a team-high 11 points. Ellis is the only Army player to have scored in double figures in all seven games of this season and has a nine-game run dating back to his sophomore campaign. Ellis is Army's top scorer at 15.6 points per game, the fifth-highest average in the Patriot League.
Sophomore G Josh Herbeck is also averaging in double figures at 10.0 points per contest. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native is the Black Knights' top long-distance scoring threat with 18 three-pointers. His 2.6 triples per game ranks third in the conference. Forty-nine (49) of Herbeck's 66 shot attempts this season have come behind the three-point line.
Freshman G Maxwell Lenox grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds against NJIT. Lenox is Army's top rebounder at 5.6 per game. The rookie point guard also leads the team in assists (25) and steals (10). The last Army player to lead the team in all three categories was Josh Miller in 2007-08.
THE ARMY-BINGHAMTON SERIES
Army and Binghamton are meeting for the sixth time on Saturday. Army's win at Christl Arena last season gave the Black Knights a 3-2 advantage.
Saturday is just the second time Army has played at Binghamton. The Bearcats won the only other meeting, 72-55, on Jan. 10, 2001.
INSIDE THE SERIES
First Meeting: Jan. 3, 1986 (Army, 81-52)
All-Time Record: Tied, 2-2
At West Point: Army leads, 3-1
At Binghamton: Binghamton leads, 1-0
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Nov. 23, 2010 (72-58 at West Point)
Last BU Win: Dec. 8, 2001 (69-57 at West Point)
Series Streak: Army W1
Largest Army Margin: +29 (81-52; 1/3/86)
Largest BU Margin: +17 (72-55; 1/10/01)
Former Temple standout Mark Macon is in his third season at the helm of the Bearcats' program. Macon served as an assistant coach at Binghamton for two seasons before his promotion.
The Bearcats return home for the first time since their season opener against Colgate on Nov. 12. Binghamton has played its last four games on the road, losing at Cornell, Fordham, St. Peter's and Missouri.
As a team, Binghamton is averaging 57.2 points per game. The majority of the Bearcats' scoring output has come from Robert Mansell and Ben Dickinson. Mansell is averaging a team-high 15.2 points per game, while Dickinson is scoring 15.0 points per contest. Both players have been adept at getting to the foul line, taking 62 of the team's 101 free throws and making 43 of the Bearcats' 69 free throws. Mansell and Jimmy Gray lead the team with six three-pointers each.
Dickinson is the team's leading rebounder at 6.2 boards per game. He has a team-high 11 offensive rebound. Gray has handed out a team-best 16 assists.
A WIN OVER BINGHAMTON WOULD ...
End Army's two-game losing streak.
Be Army's second straight win in the series.
Snap the Black Knights' nine-game losing streak in games played away from West Point.
Improve Army's record to 2-1 in games against teams it defeated last season as well.
Be head coach Zach Spiker's 28th career victory, already the most by an Army coach in their third season since Les Wothke went 38-48 in his first three seasons (1982-85).
Push Army's record in non-conference games to 21-18 since the start of the 2009-10 season.\
UP NEXT ...
The Black Knights continue to their three-game road swing at Hudson Valley rival Marist. Tip-off at the McCann Center is set for 7 p.m.