Army basketball update- 12/11/2012

The Army Black Knights fell to 4-4 after losing to Penn State and Bryant University this week. Army will try to get back above .500 tonight against the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Army traveled to Bryant and shot 39 percent from the field in a 70-59 loss to the Bulldogs. Senior forward Ella Ellis led the Black Knights with 16 points and eight rebounds; he was 2-of-5 from 3-point range. The Black Knights were 6-of-26 from outside the arc. Freshman guard Dylan Cox had four points and was second on the team with six rebounds. Freshmen center Kyle Toth and forward Larry Toomey added five rebounds each, with Toomey leading the pair with four points.

On Saturday, the Black Knights took a trip to Penn State where they fell 78-70 to the Nittany Lions. Ella Ellis led a second half comeback attempt and led the team with 23 points; he also hit 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Toth topped the team with 5 rebounds and added 13 points. Freshman guard Dylan Cox had a career-high 7 assists and led the team with three steals. Army outscored the Nittany Lions 42-38 in the second half but it was not enough to surpass the 12-point first half lead.

Next up for Army is a matchup with the New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders. NJIT is 4-4 this year with a 4-0 home record. The Highlanders have dropped their last two and recently fell to Seton Hall 59-68. Senior guard Chris Flores leads NJIT averaging 18.1 points per game, while hitting 20-of-50 three-point attempts. The Black Knights will also need to shut down senior forward Ryan Woods, who averages 13.4 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Army will return to West Point for a two game home stand that starts with a Friday night match up against Maine. The Black Bears are 3-6 overall, 1-5 on the road, and recently fell to Florida State 91-59. Sophomore guard Justin Edwards leads the team averaging 16 points per game and 4.4 rebounds. Overall, Maine shoots 44.5 percent from the field and has out-rebounded opponents 316-295. Junior Alasdair Fraser is a big reason for the rebounding advantage--averaging 9½ rebounds per game. Fraser has been outstanding at forward, averaging 13.5 points per game.

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