Army Survives Road Test At Colgate, 66-63

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Josh Herbeck is 11-for-14 from three-point range in the last two games.
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Josh Herbeck is 11-for-14 from three-point range in the last two games.
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Jan. 22, 2014

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HAMILTON, N.Y.  – Dylan Cox tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, including the game-winning basket on a putback of his own miss with 21 seconds to go, to lead the Army men’s basketball team (10-8, 6-1 PL) to a 66-63 win over Colgate (7-11, 1-6 PL) at Cotterell Court Wednesday night.

The Raiders had a chance to take the lead after Cox’s basket, but Cox pulled down the board and dished to Kyle Wilson. Wilson was immediately fouled and buried two free throws to make it a three-point game. The Raiders desperation chance was off the mark, giving the Black Knights their third victory in Hamilton in the last four seasons.

Wilson scored 15 points, all in the final 11:40. He started the night 0-for-3, but buried a three-pointer to cap a 17-4 run that brought the Black Knights back from 11 points down in the second half. Wilson scored 15 of Army’s final 23 points.

Senior Josh Herbeck led the Black Knights with 16 points, including five three-pointers. It was his second straight game with at least five triples. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native was 5-for-8 from distance and is now 11 for his last 14 from behind the arc.

Kevin Ferguson blocked one shot, tying his own Army single-season record at 35 rejections.

Colgate had three players in double figures, led by Ethan Jacobs’s game-high 22. Jacobs was 6-for-11 from the field, including 5-for-9 from three-point range. Murphy Burnatowski and Damon Sherman-Newsome each had 11. Luke Roh led the team with six rebounds, while Austin Tillotson dished out a game-high six assists.

The Black Knights trailed by just one at halftime despite shooting only 33.3 percent overall and 25.0 percent from deep. Army rallied in the second half, going 12-for-20 overall (.600) and 5-for-7 from three-point range (.714) to finish at 43.4 percent for the night. The Black Knights held Colgate to a 42.0 percent showing, including 30.8 percent (8-26) from behind the three-point line. Army held a commanding 36-26 rebounding margin, including a 10-3 edge on the offensive glass.

Eight of the last 15 games between the two teams have been decided by eight points or less and/or in overtime. In typical Army-Colgate fashion, Wednesday’s game featured four ties and 12 lead changes. Army led by as many as eight on two occasions, while the Raiders held an 11-point cushion with 15:41 to go.

Colgate held an early 11-7 lead, but Army used a 17-5 spurt to take a 24-16 lead with 3:58 left in the half. Herbeck’s second triple of the night capped the run. The Raiders answered with an 11-2 run of their own that included two three-pointers by Jacobs to reclaim a 27-26 lead with 1:26 on the first-half clock. After a Matt Gramling floater put Army back on top, Burnatowski buried a triple to push the Raiders on top by two. Herbeck made one of two free throws with 4.4 seconds left to send Army into the locker room down 30-29.

The Raiders came out firing in the second half, scoring 12 of the first 14 points to take the game’s largest lead at 42-31 with 15:41 left. A three-pointer by Herbeck stopped Colgate’s momentum and jumpstarted a 15-2 run by the Black Knights. Wilson’s first basket of the game, a pull-up three, put Army back on top 46-44.

Army led 48-46, but a free throw by Burnatowski and a layup by Roh swung the advantage back to the Raiders. Herbec k buried his fifth and final three-pointer to give Army a two-point lead with 7:47 to go, and Wilson went to work with six straight points to make it 59-51. He punctuated the 9-0 spurt with a steal and dunk with 4:48 on the clock.

The Black Knights held a 62-55 lead when Sherman-Newsome started the Raiders’ final comeback with a three-pointer. After an Army turnover, Burnatowski was true from three-point range to make it a one-point game. Army did not score on its next possession, and Tillotson was fouled with 34.0 seconds left. He capitalized on both free throws to cap the 8-0 run.

Cox scored the game-winner after missing his initial attempt, but gathering the rebound and scoring. Wilson converted his sixth straight free throw with just 4.5 seconds to go to make it a three-point game, and the Raiders’ last attempt fell short to end the contest.

The victory was Army’s fourth straight Patriot League road win, tying the program record set last season.

With American’s victory over Boston University Wednesday night, the Eagles are the lone remaining unbeaten team in Patriot League play at 7-0. The Black Knights and Terriers are now tied for second at 6-1. Army hosts American on Saturday in a showdown for first place. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at Christl Arena.

Game Notes: Dylan Cox made his team-leading 49th consecutive start … Cox recorded his second career double-double … he is the only Army player with multiple career double-doubles …  since starting 1-6, the Black Knights have won nine of their last 11 games … Army is two games over the .500 mark for the first time this season … the Black Knights are five games over .500 in Patriot League play for the first time in program history … Zach Spiker is only the second Army coach to win at least 10 games in five straight seasons, joining Bobby Knight on the short list … Spiker is now tied with George Hunter for fifth on Army’s all-time wins list (63) … Tanner Plomb was not in the starting lineup, but returned from his illness that caused him to miss the Bucknell game … Plomb scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes of action … Kevin Ferguson became just the third Army player to block 70 shots in their career … he is just four rejections short of matching the Army career mark of 74 held by Jimmy Sewell and Marcus Nelson … Four of Josh Herbeck’s 11 three-pointers in the last two games have either tied the game or given Army the lead … another two have pulled Army within one point, while two more extended Army’s lead from two possessions to three … Herbeck now has 188 career three-pointers, just five behind Ella Ellis for fifth all-time at West Point.