Army & Marist Renew Hudson Valley Rivalry

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Julian Simmons needs only 11 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
Julian Simmons needs only 11 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Dec. 6, 2011

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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army and Marist will meet for the first time in nine years when the Black Knights travel to Poughkeepsie. Tip-off at McCann Arena is set for 7 p.m.

It is the second game in Army's three-game road swing. The Black Knights  scored their first win of the season away from West Point (1-3) last Saturday when they toppled Binghamton, 90-70.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the Marist game. The game will be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rick Johnston will call all the action.

Web: A live audio stream will be available online via's Knight Vision package. Subscription fees apply.

The Black Knights and Red Foxes met 12 times between 1990-2002. Marist owns an 8-4 all-time advantage and has won the last five meetings.

Army's win at Binghamton snapped a nine-game losing streak in games played away from West Point. The 20-point victory marked the Black Knights' largest road win since a 21-point win at Fairleigh Dickinson in December 2009. Army has not won back-to-back road games since defeating Colgate and Lehigh in its first two Patriot League games last season.

A quick look at the Army statistics shows the Black Knights' keys to success are shooting the basketball and defense. In its three victories, Army is shooting 49.7 percent overall and 46.3 percent from the floor. In their five losses, the Black Knights are hitting just 38.7 percent of its shot attempts, including a 24.3 percent mark from deep. Defensively, the Black Knights are allowing 51.7 points per game in its three wins and have not allowed an opponent to score more than 65 points. In its five losses, Army is allowing 75.0 points per contest and has allwed at least 80 points three times.

Junior F Ella Ellis continues to be the Black Knights' most consistent offensive threat. Ellis is fifth in the Patriot League, scoring 16.1 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all eight games this season and has hti the double-digit mark in 10 straight games overall. While Ellis has struggled at times from the field (.430), he has scored more than 26 percent of his points from the free throw line. He is shooting 79.1 percent (34-43) from the stripe through eight games.

Senior G Julian Simmons scored 14 points in the win at Binghamton to climb within 11 points of the 1,000-point mark for his career. Simmons 989 points puts him on the cusp of becoming the 27th player in Army history to reach the millenium mark.

The freshman guard tandem of Maxwell Lenox and Mo Williams are off to fine starts to their careers. The duo has combined to average 14.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

• Mark the first time Army won back-to-back games since Jan. 3 & Jan. 8, 2011.
• Be the first time Army won two straight road games since Jan. 8, 2011 at Colgate and Jan. 15, 2011 at Lehigh.
• End Army's five-game losing streak against Marist.
• Be head coach Zach Spiker's 29th 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 22-18 since the start of the 2009-10 season.

The Red Foxes lead the all-time series 8-4. The two teams have not played since Dec. 30, 2002, a 74-57 Marist win in Poughkeepsie.

Marist has won the last five meetings and owns a perfect 6-0 mark at home against the Black Knights.

First Meeting: Dec. 22, 1990 (Army, 70-61)
All-Time Record: Marist leads, 8-4
At West Point: Army leads, 4-2
At Marist: Marist leads, 6-0
At Neutral Site: N/A
Last Army Win: Jan. 4, 1998 (91-83 at West Point)
Last Marist Win: Dec. 30, 2002 (74-57 at Marist)
Series Streak: Marist W5
Largest Army Margin: +9 (70-61; 12/22/90)
Largest Marist Margin: +17 (Three Times)

Scoring  Average: Ella Ellis (16.1)
FG Pct. (min. 10 att.): Andrew Stire (.792)
3-PT FG Made: Josh Herbeck (20)
3-PT FG Pct. (min. 10 att.): Josh Herbeck (.377)
Free Throws Made: Ella Ellis (34)
Free Throw Attempts: Ella Ellis (43)
Free Throw Pct. (min. 10 att.): Mo Williams (.818)
Rebounds: Maxwell Lenox (44)
Rebounding Average: Maxwell Lenox (5.5)
Assists: Maxwell Lenox (27)
Steals: Maxwell Lenox (10)
Blocked Shots: Stire/Ellis (3)
Minutes/Game: Josh Herbeck (28.4)

Marist enters Wednesday's game with a 3-5 overall mark and a 1-1 record in MAAC play. The Red Foxes started the season with three straight losses at Kentucky, USF and Vermont, but have won three of their last five. They scored a 95-75 win over Rider in their last game on Sunday.

The Red Foxes are 2-1 at home. Their only home setback came at the hands of another Patriot League squad. The Bucknell Bison scored a 74-68 win at the McCann Center on Nov. 22.

Marist is averaging 70.9 points per game through its first eight outings. Chavaughn Lewis, devin Price and Dorvell Carter are all averaging in double figures at 13.3, 12.9 and 11.7 points per game, respectively.

Price is the Red Foxes' top three-point shooting threat with 17 makes in just 32 attempts (.531). Isaiah Morton is next on the team with 12 three-pointers. As a team, Marist is shooting 44.8 percent from three-point range.

Adam Kemp is the team's top rebounder at 5.9 boards per contest. Price is the team's leading assist man with 22.

Army finishes its three-game road swing at La Salle. Tip-off in Philadelphia is set for 2 p.m. It is Army's last game before taking a week off for term ending exams.