Feb. 19, 2014
Army 74, Colgate 66
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Kyle Wilson equaled his career high with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead Army to a 74-66 win over Colgate in Patriot League men’s basketball action at Christl Arena Wednesday night. The victory improved the Black Knights’ record to 13-13 overall and 9-6 in the Patriot League. Army’s nine conference wins are a program record. The Raiders dropped to 9-17 overall and 3-12 in the league.
Both teams had eight-point leads in the first half, but a three-point play by Colgate with just 0.4 seconds left sent the teams into halftime tied at 35-35. The Raiders scored eight of the first 10 points after intermission, but the Black Knights outscored Colgate 32-14 over the next 14 minutes to build a 69-57 lead with 1:44 to go. The Raiders trimmed the deficit to six points in the final minute, but Wilson hit two free throws with 48 seconds left to set the final margin. Army started the first half 1-for-7 from the field, but hit 12 of their final 14 shots.
In addition to Wilson, Kevin Ferguson and Dylan Cox were also in double figures with 17 and 15, respectively. The trio combined to shoot 20-for-24 from the field, including 5-for-6 from three-point range. Cox also led the team with seven rebounds, while Wilson and Larry Toomey each dished out a team-high three-assists. Plebe Tanner Omlid made his first career start, scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds, handing out two assists, making one steal and blocking one shot in 20 minutes. His lone field goal of the game was a three-pointer that broke a 47-47 tie and gave Army the lead for good.
Four of Colgate’s five starters were in double figures led by Austin Tillotson’s 14 points. Murphy Burnatowski and Ethan Jacobs each tallied 11 points, while Luke Roh added 10. Burnatowski and Clayton Graham each snared five rebounds, while Roh dished out a game-high four assists.
Army, which had shot a combined 41.1 percent overall and 32.3 percent from deep in its last three games, connected on 57.1 percent (24-42) and was 8-for-17 from deep (.471). The Black Knights were 13-for-21 (.619) after halftime. The Raiders shot 52.0 percent from the floor overall and were 6-for-17 (.353) from distance. The Black Knights held an advantage at the foul line, going 18-for-29, including a 10-for-11 night from Wilson, while the Raiders were 8-for-14.
The Black Knights’ victory stopped a three-game losing streak.
The teams traded baskets to start the game, but the Raiders used a 10-2 run to build a 12-4 lead after a three-pointer by Jacobs with 16:08 left in the first half. Army quickly turned the tables, utilizing a 22-6 spurt to build a 26-18 lead with 6:45 to go. The Raiders answered right back with five straight points, but Army was able to push its advantage back to six points after a jumper by Matt Gramling with 3:50 showing on the first-half clock. Colgate ended the half on a 10-4 run to tie the game at 35-35 going into halftime. Tillotson’s three-point play with 0.4 seconds left was the final points.
Burnatowski buried a three-pointer to start the half, and after a jumper by Wilson, the Raiders scored the next five points to take a 43-37 lead with 15:05 left. Tillotson capped the spurt with a three-pointer.
Army missed its next four shots, but did not allow the Raiders to add to their lead, forcing two turnovers. A layup by Ferguson started Army’s comeback, and Cox tied the game at 45-45 with a layup while being fouled at the 10:23 mark. He missed his chance to give Army the lead, but Wilson did the honors with a pair of free throws with 10:02 left. Roh tied the game for the fifth time with 9:49 left, but Omlid’s triple started a 7-2 run that gave the Black Knights a 54-49 lead with 7:32 left.
Colgate trimmed its deficit to just one point on two occasions, but a quick 4-0 burst that included a three-pointer by Cox made it a five-point game with 4:17 remaining. The Raiders got within three at 60-57, but Army scored the next nine points to take their largest lead of the game. Wilson had the first seven points of the run, including a layup off a steal and pass from Mo Williams.
The Black Knights led 71-59 when the Raiders made one last push by scoring seven of the next eight points to pull within 72-66 with 50 seconds left after a three-pointer by Jacobs. Two free throws by Wilson made it an eight-point game, and the Army defense forced a turnover with 27 seconds left. The Black Knights were able to run out the clock and celebrate their program-record ninth Patriot League victory.
The win gave the Black Knights a season sweep of the Raiders and marked the first time Army has defeated Colgate three straight times since the 1976-78 seasons.
Army plays its final regular-season road game on Saturday at second-place American (11-4). Tip-off at Bender Arena is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live by Comcast SportsNet Washington.
The Black Knights enter the weekend with a one-game lead over Bucknell (8-7) for the fourth and final home quarterfinal game. Boston University (13-2) is in first place, followed by the Eagles and Holy Cross (10-5). If Army is going to climb in the standings, it must finish one game better than the Crusaders who defeated the Black Knights twice this season.
Game Notes: Dylan Cox made his team-leading 57th consecutive start … Tanner Omlid is the first Army freshman to start this season … Kyle Wilson went from a career-low two points at Bucknell to a career-high 29 versus Colgate … Cox has scored in double figures eight times in the last 14 games … he is averaging 10.5 points per game in league play … Omlid made one steal to move into sole possession of sixth place on the Army season list with a plebe record 49 … Kevin Ferguson blocked one shot to extend his Army season record to 61 and his career mark to 96 … the Black Knights have broke a team record 109 shots this season … Army has made 199 three-pointers this season, one shy of reaching the 200 mark for the fourth straight year … prior to head coach Zach Spiker’s arrival, the team record was 188 … Spiker won his program record 29th Patriot League game, including 17 in the last two seasons … Wilson moved into third place on Army’s single-season Patriot League scoring list with 293 points.