COLUMBIA, Mo. Jarell Brown scored 22 points and Matt Bell added 20 points as the Army men’s basketball team defeated North Carolina A&T, 63-49, on the final day of the John Thompson Foundation Classic Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The Black Knights wrapped up the weekend tournament with a 2-1 record, while the Aggies head home with an 0-3 mark.
The first half featured three ties over the first eight and a half minutes, with the last tie (11-11) coming at the 11:29 mark. That’s when Army began to pull away, outscoring North Carolina A&T, 7-1, over the next four minutes to assume an 18-12 advantage at the 7:52 mark. After the Aggies crept to within four points at 22-18, Army ended the half on a 10-1 spurt to build a 32-19 halftime advantage.
Army shot well from the floor, converting 48 percent of its field goals (12 of 25) in the first stanza. Brown led the way, scoring 19 points on 7 of 11 field goals, including 5 of 7 from behind the three-point line.
Army’s defense turned the screws on North Carolina A&T as the Black Knights limited the Aggies to 25 percent shooting (6 of 24) in the first half.
Army, which was never seriously threatened in the second half, increased its lead to as many as 16 in the second half and North Carolina A&T was unable to trim the Black Knights’ advantage below nine points throughout the final 20 minutes.
Brown connected on a career-high six three-pointer in the game. It marked the second 20-point game of the weekend for Brown, and the seventh of his career.
Freshman Chris Walker scored seven points and pulled down three rebounds.
Bell moved into 26th place on Army’s all-time scoring list; the senior has now scored 971 career points. He needs just seven points to move past Kevin Berry for 25th place on the ledger. It marked his 14th career 20-point game, and the second of the weekend.
Army returns to action next Saturday (Nov. 18) when the Black Knights host Hartford in their home opener at Christl Arena. Tip off is slated for 1 p.m.