Blackbirds Shoot Past Army, 78-68




LIU 78, Army 68

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -  LIU made 15 of its 27 three-point attempts to shoot its way past the Army men’s basketball team, 78-68, on Thursday night at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center. The Blackbirds evened their record at 1-1, while the Black Knights fell to 1-2.

Army put four players in double figures led by junior G Josh Miller’s 15 points. Miller was 6 for 11 from the floor, making three of his five three-point attempts. Junior F Cleveland Richard and junior G Marcus Nelson each added 12, while freshman G Julian Simmons had his first career double-digit scoring game with 10 points, including a pair of triples. Senior C Doug Williams led Army with six rebounds off the bench.

LIU’s Kyle Johnson scored a game-high 23 points, including five makes from beyond the arc. David Hicks and Jaytornah Wisseh each had 14. Ron Manigault pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, contributing to the Blackbirds’ 36-27 advantage on the glass. LIU had five players make at least one three-pointer, with four players contributing at least two from downtown.

LIU shot 50.9 percent for the game, including a blistering 55.6 percent from three-point range. Army shot 46.0 percent overall and 38.0 percent from deep.

Long Island scored 45 of its 78 points from behind the three-point line, including a combined 30 during two crucial scoring runs. The Black Knights trimmed an early eight-point deficit to five at 13-8 with 13:57 left, but LIU went on a 16-4 spurt over the next six minutes that included four three-pointers to take a 29-12 advantage. Army stormed back with a 22-8 run to end the half and go into the locker room down only three points at 37-34. Miller had seven points during the run, including Army’s final five of the stanza.

LIU scored the first points of the second half and led by six on two occasions before the Black Knights went on an 8-0 run to take its first lead since 2-1 at 50-48 lead on a three-pointer by Simmons with 11:01 left. The lead was short-lived, however as the Blackbirds again used their long-distance prowess to retake the lead and seize control. Three three-pointers were part of an 18-4 run that put LIU back up by 12 points at 66-54 with 5:18 left in the game.

Army had one more run, cutting the lead to five points at 66-61 after a layup by Miller, but back-to-back triples by Johnson and Wisseh stretched the lead to 11 points. LIU was 6 for 6 from the line down the stretch to take the 10-point victory.

The Black Knights’ 68 points were the most in a loss since a 79-78 defeat at the hands of Brown last season. Army has now lost 15 straight games when allowing 70-or-more points.

Army returns home on Sunday, Nov. 23 to face Princeton. The game is scheduled for a 2:30 tip-off and is the second game of a doubleheader that opens with the Army women’s basketball team taking on Loyola (Md.) at noon. For ticket information, including details about the new courtside seating and hospitality package, call the Army Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-TIX-ARMY or visit www.goARMYsports.com

Game Notes: LIU’s 15 three-pointers were the most by an Army opponent since Lafayette hit 16 in a 83-58 win in Easton last season ... The Black Knights have made at least seven three-pointers in each of their first three games ... Thursday’s game was the first time Army had four players in double figures since defeating Lafayette at Christl Arena last season ... The Black Knights had at least seven players score for the third straight time to start the season ... Nine different Army players marked the scorebook against the Blackbirds ... Julian Simmons led Army with 16 field goal attempts, including nine from three-point range ... Marcus Nelson was 6 for 8 from the floor ... Nelson had three rebounds ... It was the first time this season he did not lead the Black Knights on the glass ... Nelson has won two of three opening tips despite standing just 5-11 ... Following the home game with Princeton, Army will play four of its next five on the road ... Sunday’s game starts a three-game stretch against Ivy League teams ... The Black Knights’ lone victory this season came against the Ivy’s League’s Dartmouth.

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