Second Half Surge Pushes Army Past Colgate

Ella Ellis posted his 11th 20-point effort of the season.

Ella Ellis posted his 11th 20-point effort of the season.

Feb. 15, 2012

Final Stats

Army 79, Colgate 59 Get Acrobat Reader

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Junior F Ella Ellis scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead Army (12-14, 5-6) to a 79-59 win over Colgate (7-19, 1-10) at Cotterell Court on Wednesday night. The game was tied 33-33 at halftime, but the Black Knights outscored the Raiders 46-26 in the second half. Army shot 62.1 percent after halftime and drained nine of their 13 second-half three-point tries.

The Black Knights never trailed in the game. The win gave Army its first season sweep of Colgate since 2004.

Army led by just four points with 12:13 left, but used a 24-4 run over the next seven minutes to secure the victory. The Black Knights held the Raiders scoreless for four minutes, 41 seconds and without a field goal for six minutes, 54 seconds during the decisive spurt.

Ellis shot 8-for-12 overall and hit five of his six three-point tries in the second half. Sophomore G Josh Herbeck added 21 points, including five three-pointers, four of them in the second half. Senior G Julian Simmons contributed 18 points, including 14 in the first half. The trio combined for all 12 of the Black Knights’ three-pointers and outscored Colgate on their own (61-59).

Freshman G Maxwell Lenox handed out a team-high four assists and committed just one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench.

John Brandenburg led the Raiders with 14points, while Yaw Gyawu scored 12, all in the opening period. The Army defense limited Colgate to just 36.0 percent shooting, including an 0-for-7 effort from three-point range, in the second half.

The Raiders held a 33-26 rebounding edge, including a 14-9 margin on the offensive glass.

Army raced out to a 10-4 lead, making their first four shots. Simmons had eight of the first 10, knocking down three straight shots, including a pair of three-pointers. After Colgate closed within four points at 12-8, the Black Knights scored the next six, punctuated by a dunk by senior Josh Johnson to open up an 18-8 margin with 12:47 left in the opening half.

The Raiders whittled their deficit down to five points at 25-20 with 5:18 to go after a jumper by Pascale. Army was able to re-establish a seven-point margin at 33-26 on two Simmons free throws, but the Raiders ended the half on a 7-0 run to tie the game. The final points came on a buzzer-beating jumper by Luke Roh after Army was whistled for a shot clock violation on its final possession.

After the hot start, the Black Knights made just eight of their last 24 first-half shots, including only one of their last 10 three-point tries. Army went without a field goal in the final three minutes, 29 seconds.

Simmons and Gyawu led their respective teams with 12 points each in the opening period. Ellis was limited by foul trouble to only two points on two field goal tries in the first 20 minutes. The Black Knights were whistled for 12 fouls in the first half that led to 11 Colgate points from the free throw line.

Army started the second half much like the first, scoring 16 of the first 20 points to open up a 12-point margin at 49-37 with 15:56 left. Army made seven of its first eight shots, including two three-pointers.

The teams exchanged baskets before an 8-0 spurt by the Raiders sliced Army’s lead to just 51-47 with 12:13 to go. Colgate had the chance to cut its deficit even further, but junior F Jordan Springer drew an offensive foul to give Army possession.

Herbeck stroked the first of his four second-half three-pointers on the ensuing play and jumpstarted a 24-4 run that gave the Black Knights their largest lead of the game at 75-51 with 5:30 left. Ellis capped the explosion with his fifth and final three-pointer of the half.  The Black Knights were 9-for-10 from three-point range during the run. Herbeck and Ellis scored all 24 points, combining for seven three-pointers and an old-fashioned three-point play by Ellis.

Colgate scored six of the final eight points to set the final 20-point margin, the Black Knights’ largest margin of victory in Hamilton since a 73-49 win during the 1968-69 season.

Army returns to the banks of the Hudson on Saturday, Feb. 18 when it hosts American. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. The Eagles scored a home victory in the season’s first meeting.

Game Notes: Ella Ellis has scored in double figures in 28 straight games … Ellis has 11 20-point games this season, the most since Jarell Brown had 13 in 2007-08 … Ellis is eight points shy of 1,000 for his career … Ellis moved into 8th place on Army’s career three-point ledger with 115 … Army made 28 three-pointers in two games versus Colgate … the Black Knights were 15-for-61 from deep in their previous five halves before the second-half eruption …  Herbeck’s five three-pointers moved him into a tie for 8th place on Army’s single-season list (68) … Herbeck has 106 three-pointers in his first two seasons, the second most ever by an  Army player in their first two years, and the 10th most in Academy history … Julian Simmons moved into 16th place on Army’s all-time scoring list (1,224) … the win was the first time Army won back-to-back games in Hamilton since 1971 and 1973 … the Black Knights are now 3-19 at Cotterell Court since the formation of the Patriot League … all three wins have come since 2004.

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