Feb. 18, 2012
American 74, Army 50
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WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior F Ella Ellis scored a team-high 16 points and became the 28th Army player to score 1,000 career points, but the Black Knights (12-15, 5-7 PL) could not overcome 32.7 percent shooting and 15 turnovers in a 74-50 loss to American (18-9, 9-3 PL) in Patriot League men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.
Army made just three of its 21 three-point tries (.143) and was 0-for-9 from deep in the second half.
Ellis was the only Army player in double figures. It was his 29th straight game with at least 10 points, the longest streak by a Black Knight since Kevin Houston had a run of 57 consecutive games from 1984-87. Ellis was also one of four players with a team-high four rebounds. Freshman G Maxwell Lenox scored eight points and handed out a team-high three assists.
The first half featured four ties and eight lead changes, but the Eagles outscored Army 44-25 in the second half to turn a five-point halftime lead into the 24-point victory.
Charles Hinkle, the second-leading scorer in the Patriot League, led three Eagles in double figures with 18 points, 11 of them in the second half. Troy Brewer and Tony Wroblicky each netted 10 points. Brewer and Hinkle grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Daniel Munoz just missed a double-double with eight points and 10 assists. The Eagles shot 60.4 percent overall and were 7-for-14 from deep. American outscored the Black Knights 36-22 in the paint.
Wroblicky scored the first four of American's 6-0 run to open the contest. The Black Knights came up empty on their first three trips until Herbeck knocked down his first three-pointer to cut their deficit in half with 17:53 left in the first half. A dunk by Jordan Springer pulled Army within one, but the Eagles scored the next five points to re-establish a six-point lead at 11-5 with 14:17 remaining.
The Black Knights scored the next 10 points, including eight by Ellis, to take a 15-11 lead with 11:21 left. Ellis capped the run with a three-pointer that put him the 1,000-point club. American responded with five straight points to regain a one-point lead at 16-15 after a Brewer three-point play with 9:13 to go.
The lead changes hands five more times over the next four minutes before the Eagles were able to seize control. Army led 21-20 when Blake Jolivette drained a three-pointer to start an 8-2 run that gave American a 28-23 edge with 1:53 left in the half. The teams traded baskets to end the half and the Eagles took a 30-25 lead into the locker room.
The Black Knights stayed within two possessions despite shooting just 30.8 percent overall (8-26) and 25.0 percent from three-point range (3-12). Ellis led all players with 10 points, but hit just three of his nine field goal tries, including a 2-for-6 showing from three-point range. Wroblicky led the Eagles in the first half with eight points.
Army's struggles continued into the second half. The Black Knights started the half just 2-for-9 as the Eagles opened up with an 11-6 run to take their first double-digit lead with 14:13 remaining. The Black Knights trimmed the lead back to seven after three straight points by Springer, but the Eagles re-asserted control with an 11-2 run, all by Hinkle, to take a 54-36 lead at the 9:48 mark.
Army went seven minutes, 22 seconds without a field goal, missing six straight shots and committing four turnovers during that span.
The Eagles maintained at least an 18-point edge for the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 26 points.
Army plays its final regular season road game on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Holy Cross. The Black Knights took the first game between the two teams, 74-68, at Christl Arena.
Game Notes: Army has used the same starting five of Milton Washington, Josh Herbeck, Julian Simmons, Ella Ellis and Jordan Springer in 15 consecutive games ... Springer is the only Army player to start every game this season ... despite the loss, Army is 8-3 in its last 11 home games ... Josh Herbeck's lone three-pointer gave him sole possession of eighth place on the Army single-season list (69) ... it is the best three-point shooting season by a Black Knight since Jarell Brown set the school record with 101 triples in 2007-08 ... the Black Knights are now 13-47 in their last 50 games when not scoring in the 60-point range.