Army Ends Skid With 63-49 Win Over Colgate




Final Statistics: Army 63, Colgate 49

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army snapped its season-long three-game losing streak with a 63-49 victory over Colgate in Patriot League men’s basketball action on Sunday at Christl Arena. The Black Knights improved to 13-9 overall and 3-5 in conference play, while the Raiders dropped to 6-16 overall and 2-6 in league action.

The Army win was just its second in the last 12 games against Colgate and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Raiders. The Black Knights have now defeated every conference at least once in the last two seasons.

The Black Knights’ defense limited Colgate to only 39.1 percent shooting overall and 31.6 percent from three-point range. It was the 13th time this season Army held its opponent to less than 60 points, improving to 12-1 in those outings. Army is also 6-0 this season when keeping teams to less than 60 points.

Senior F Cleveland Richard led the Black Knights offense with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting, including a 2-for-5 day from long range. Sophomore G Julian Simmons was the only other Army player in double figures with 14 points. Simmons also pulled down a career-high six rebounds.

Four other Army players scored six points each, including senior G Josh Miller. More importantly than his offense, Miller made one steal to break the Army career mark in that category (144). Miller also added five assists without committing a turnover in 31 minutes.

Senior G Marcus Nelson added two rebounds, two assist and three steals to his six markers, while senior F Eric Zastoupil snared a career-high and team-best seven rebounds to go along with his six points.

Kyle Roemer led the Raiders with 17 points and six rebounds. Yaw Gyawu and Ben Jonson scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Army held a 41-27 rebounding edge, including a 15-6 margin on the offensive glass. The Black Knights outscored the Raiders 15-4 off second-chance points.

The game was tied at 29-29 at halftime, but the Black Knights opened the second half on a 19-5 run to take control of the contest. The Army defense held the Raiders without a field goal for eight minutes, 48 seconds spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second stanza.

Colgate opened the game with six straight points. Army missed its first five shots before Simmons put the Black Knights on the board with a three-pointer with 15:59 left in the first half. Roemer answered with his first triple of the game, before Simmons scored five straight to pull the Black Knights within one at 9-8 with 14:36 remaining.

The Raiders maintained their advantage with five straight points before senior G Marcus Nelson made a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup to make it 14-10 with 12:32 on the clock. Army scored eight of the next 11 points to take its first lead when Miller found Zastoupil for a layup with 7:19 left in the opening stanza. Jonson countered with a three-pointer on Colgate’s next possession, but Zastoupil tied the game and Richard pushed Army back in front at 22-20 with 5:26 left. 

Colgate went on an 8-3 run capped by a three-pointer from Rolls to take a 28-25 lead with 2:42 showing on the clock. The Black Knights scored four straight points from the foul line to re-take a 29-28 lead, but Roemer answered with one of two free throws with less than two seconds left to tie the game at 29-29 going into the locker room.

Army was able to stay in the game despite shooting only 36.7 percent in the first half (11-30), including a 28.6 percent showing from three-point range (2-7). Roemer led all scorers with 11 first-half points, while Simmons posted 10 markers to pace the Black Knights.

Richard led Army’s second-half run with seven points, while the Raiders went the first six minutes, seven seconds of the period without a field goal and made just three shots in the first 10:24 (3-14).

Two free throws by Gyawu pulled the Raiders within 12 points, but Richard answered with his second triple of the half to give the Black Knights their largest lead at 53-38 with 6:37 on the clock.

The Raiders cut the Army deficit to 11 points, but the Army offense was able to use the clock effectively and not let Colgate any closer. Miller drained a three-pointer as the shot clock wound down to put the Black Knights up 58-44 with 2:40 left, and after a Roemer jumper, Hence cut along the baseline and scored with the shot clock at one second to reclaim Army’s 14-point edge.

Jonson hit a three-pointer to make it a 60-49 game with 1:24 left, but Richard scored the final three points of the game to set the final 63-49 margin.

The win improved the Black Knights’ home record to 9-1 on the season. Army has four of its last six games at Christl Arena.

Army wraps up its two-game homestand on Wednesday, Feb. 10 against Holy Cross. Tip off at Christl Arena is set for 7 p.m. The Black Knights scored a 67-64 victory over the Crusaders in Worcester on Jan. 13.

Game Notes:  Army was 16 of 22 from the line, while Colgate was 7 for 15 … it marked only the second time this season the Black Knights made more free throws than its opponent attempted (Mt. St. Vincent) … entering Sunday’s game, the Black Knights were -77 in free throw differential … George Tatum held the previous Academy steals record with 143 … Sunday’s 14-point margin was just the second time in the last eight games versus Colgate that the winning margin has been more than four points and/or decided in overtime … it was Army’s largest victory over the Raiders since the team’s joined the Patriot League for the 1990-91 season and its largest win overall against Colgate since a 74-56 win in Hamilton during the 1976-77 season … Army’s 13 wins equals  or ties its win total from 20 of the last 22 seasons … Army has outscored its opponent after halftime in 14 of 22 games this season … since the start of the 2006-07 season, the Black Knights are 12-2 when holding a double-digit rebounding edge and are now 22-8 in their last 30 games when winning the rebounding battle … Army will be going for its first season sweep of Holy Cross … the Black Knights have never defeated the Crusaders twice in the same season.

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