Jan. 19, 2014
Army 74, Bucknell 67
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior guard Josh Herbeck connected on all six of his three-point attempts, including one that put Army on top for good, and sophomore forward Kyle Wilson scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Army men’s basketball team (9-8, 5-1 PL) to a 74-67 victory over Bucknell (8-9, 3-3 PL) Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena.
Herbeck’s final triple extended Army’s lead to five points with 57 seconds left. Herbeck inbounded to Travis Rollo with just three seconds left on the shot clock, took a pass back from Rollo and fired a 35-footer that touched nothing but the bottom of the net. Plebe Tanner Omlid made one of his four steals on the next possession and Wilson buried two free throws to put Army on top by seven. The lead never dipped below that mark for the remainder of the game.
Wilson was 14-for-18 from the free throw line, hitting his final 12 attempts after a 2-for-6 start. He was 6-for-6 in the final 35 seconds. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native was 6-for-11 from the floor. Herbeck was the only other Army player in double figures with his season-high output. Omlid scored seven points, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and made four steals. Dylan Cox and Matt Gramling each scored seven points from the point guard spot. Cox dished out three assists while not committing a turnover for the second straight game.
Brian Fitzpatrick led four Bison in double figures with 17 points. Steven Kaspar and Ben Brackney had 13 and 11, respectively, while Cameron Ayers tallied 10 points. Brackney led Bucknell with nine rebounds, while Kaspar handed out a game-high five assists.
Army shot 52.2 percent for the game. Aside from Herbeck and Wilson combined to go 8-for-10 from distance, while the rest of the team was 0-for-8. The Black Knights’ defense harassed the Bison into a 41.8 overall shooting percentage, including just 23.8 from long range (5-21).
The game featured two ties and four lead changes in the second half.
Bucknell raced out to an 11-4 lead as the Army offense made just one of their first six shots and committed four turnovers. Wilson buried his first three-pointer to start a 7-0 run that tied the game at 11-11 with 9:24 left in the half. Kaspar converted a three-point play to give the Bison back the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers by Herbeck started an 8-0 Army run that made it 19-14 with 7:51 left before halftime.
A three-point play by Fitzpatrick pulled Bucknell back within two points, but the Black Knights scored 13 of the next 17 points to take a 32-21 lead with 2:21 to go. It was the largest lead of the game for either team. Bucknell scored five of the last six points to make it a 33-26 game at the half.
The teams traded baskets to start the second half, but with Army ahead 41-34, the Bison used a 13-5 spurt take their first lead of the second half at 47-46 with 9:30 left. Army flipped the lead with following a layup by Omlid , but Kaspar scored the next four points to give the Bison a 53-50 advantage with 7:26 remaining.
Two free throws by Wilson started the Black Knights’ comeback. Herbeck knocked down a three-pointer falling down out of bounds from the right corner as the shot clock was expiring to give Army the lead back for good. Wilson then hit a jumper to make it a four-point game. Bucknell got within two points five times, but were not able to tie or take the lead. Herbeck’s dagger made it a five-point game, and Wilson drained all six of his foul shots in the final 35 seconds to seal the victory.
The win snapped the Black Knights’ seven-game losing streak versus the Bison. Army has won eight of their last 10 games.
Army is now in third place in the Patriot League standings, two games clear of fourth-place Bucknell. American (6-0) and Boston University (5-0) remain undefeated in Patriot League play.
The Black Knights are on the road Wednesday night at Colgate. The two teams split the season series in 2012-13 with each team scoring a home victory.
Game Notes: Dylan Cox made his team-leading 48th consecutive start … Tanner Plomb did not play due to an illness … Larry Toomey got his second start of the season … it was the first time Army used a different starting five than the previous game since Dec. 4 at Columbia … Herbeck now has 183 three-pointers, just 10 shy of Ella Ellis for fifth place on Army’s career list … Herbeck was just one triple shy of his career high … it was the most three-pointers he has made in a game without a miss … Wilson scored 20-or-more for the ninth time this season … he was just one off his career high set against Rutgers earlier this year … Wilson’s 14 free throws tied for 10th on Army’s single-game list … plebe Richard Brown saw his first action since Dec. 30 versus Coast Guard … Army’s point guard tandem of Dylan Cox and Matt Gramling combined to shoot 6-for-12 with three assists and no turnovers.