February 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm #9246
Game Notes – from The Point
Ken Pomeroy Rankings and Chance of Winning
LU (15-5, 5-1) 75th
Army (10-11, 3-3) 206th
LU wins 79-72 (73% chance)
6-game PL History
LU 2nd @ +7.0
Army 4th @ +0.6
LU 6th @ .406
Army 1st @ .475
LU 2nd @ .411
Army 4th @ .427
LU 6th @ -2.0
Army 5th @ -1.6
Army is riding high and will be a severe test for us on Sunday. A quick look at the story lines from their last two games will tell you why.
WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Ella Ellis scored 23 points and freshman Kyle Wilson added 21 markers to lead Army (10-11, 3-3 PL) to an 80-66 victory at Holy Cross (10-11, 2-4 PL) Wednesday night. The victory was the Black Knights’ second straight and third in the last five games.
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army’s (9-11, 2-3 PL) starting five consisting of entirely plebes combined to score 56 points, including Kyle Wilson’s second straight 20-point effort, to lead the Black Knights to a 77-64 win over American (7-13, 2-3 PL) at Christl Arena Saturday afternoon. Army trailed by eight in the first half, but outscored the Eagles by 21 during the final 26:21.
Sitting alone in 4th place @ 3-3 with LU (5-1), BU (5-1) and LC (4-2) coming up in the next 11 days, Army knows there’s no better time than now to make its move. While 6’7″ senior forward, Ella Ellis (4th leading scorer in the PL @ 15.8ppg) and 6’3″ junior guard, Josh Herbeck are well known to us and have combined this year for 27.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, it’s the 5 newcomers – all plebes – who are making headlines up on the Hudson these days. Ferguson, Toomey, Wilson (6th leading scorer in the PL @ 14.8ppg), Toth, and Cox (11th leading rebounder in the PL @ 5.8rpg and 1st in Assists to Turnovers @ 5.8pg) are their names. Five freshmen, who were not on anyone’s radar a month ago, but are now a legit matchup concerns and are not to be taken lightly. Just ask anyone up in Worcester who saw the quintet combine for 45 points and play a combined 118 minutes in their win over the hometown Crusaders on Wednesday night.
We got up for Navy. We better do the same for Army or it’ll get awfully crowded at the top of the PL leader board.
“Wish List?” How about for Gabe to snap out of his shooting slump and, in so doing, get to the line.
PL FG% = .440 (18 for 53)
OOC FG% = .658 (81 for 123)
PL FTAs = 14 (six game total)
Last 3 OOC Game FTAs = 14
Deserving player spotlight on BJ Bailey (PL Game Only Stats):
#1 in 3FG% @ .611
#5 in FG% @ .511
#5 in Blocked Shots/game
#5 in Steals/game
#16 in Scoring @ 10.2ppg
What’s everyone thinking about going into Game 7?February 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm #9247
Scary , a nailbiter I’m afraid. GK has to snap out of his funk.February 2, 2013 at 2:36 am #9256
Knutson has been too quiet past few games. Army always a thorn in LU’s side. The guys show know enough of the history to focus. It all starts with defense.February 2, 2013 at 5:50 am #9257
Just one thought: not another turd. Please?February 2, 2013 at 9:52 am #9258
I dont like this game. GK needs to relax and play. What an interesting time to not be productive. If I recall, Army spanked LU 2-3 years in a row to prevent them from advancing. There is a player from Mitty on the Army team who can be dangerous if he is hot. Last name is Toth, scrappy little guy. Come on LU, don’t let him loose. Who will cover Ellis? Need speed and quickness against this team. These guys are in excellent shape. Are we?February 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm #9259
Lehigh’s Game NotesFebruary 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm #9260
Roll Call? I’ll be there. Looking to meet others behind the LU bench at 12:30pm Anyone else coming up from the NY metro area?February 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm #9263
Saturday Games of GREAT Interest are going our way
LC (4-2) 16
AU (2-4) 29
at the half
LC is being out-rebounded 10-21 and out-shot in terms of FGS .261 to .409.
HC (2-4) 26
CU (2-4) 28
at the halfFebruary 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm #9265
Wish I could go 65, but I’ll see you next weekend bud…bring us luck, more then I brought last Sunday!February 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm #9267
Munoz makes 2 FTs in the final seconds – unlike what he did in the final moments against Bucknell – and the Eagels of American wins 68-64.
The Leopards of Lafayette drop to 4-3 affording both LU (5-1) and BU (5-1)some more breathing room at the top.February 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm #9276
Perhaps the best half of basketball Lehigh has played this year and it’s against a good Army team.
1.)I hope AD has finally validated himself to some on the board. I’ve loved his work ethic all year. He plays great defense and can shoot the ball. He had a 2 game slump but appears to be out of it.
2.)Speaking of slumps, Gabe finished up the half really strong. He spent most of the half with 2 points, 1 assist and 1 board but perhaps someone has woken up the sleeping giant.
3.) I’m going on record already that Mackey McKinight is the pre-season favorite for POY in the Patriot League next year. He is doing it all, scoring, assists, rebounds and with very few TOs. He is a smaller version of CJ right now.
The key now is to avoid the slump we sometimes get lulled into at the beginning of the 2nd half. We can do that by maintaining defensive intensity.February 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm #9277
Probably a lot of preseason POY candidates next year: McKnight, Dudzinski, Ayers, Burnatowski, DJ Irving, and Dylon Cormier.February 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm #9278
Good game in general – nice to see the shooting touch back. But we gotta figure out what to do about the defensive glass. Army got 16 offensive rebounds, and I don’t believe that they’re a particularly good rebounding team.February 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm #9279
Yep, Army is not a particularly good rebounding team – ranks 196th in the nation in offensive rebounding and 146th in the nation in defensive rebounding. It looks like LU rebounding has been an issue at both ends – currently ranks 268th in the nation in offensive rebounding and 296th in defensive rebounding. Those are the two worst LU rankings in any statistical category.February 4, 2013 at 12:43 am #9281
Not gonna get too many rebounds when your 6’9″ guy is hanging around the 3 pt line.
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