Ella Ellis reached the 20-point mark for the second time this season.
Dec. 3, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior F Ella Ellis scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Army men’s basketball team (3-5) to a 70-50 victory over Binghamton (0-6) on Saturday night at the Events Center. The win snapped Army’s two-game overall losing streak and a nine-game skid in games played away from West Point.
Army’s 20-point road victory was its first since a 61-40 win at Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 7, 2009.
The Black Knights trailed 19-18 with less than nine minutes to go in the first half, but an 18-1 run put Army in control of the contest and gave the Black Knights a comfortable margin for the remainder of the contest.
Just one game after a 2-for-24 three-point shooting performance, Army drilled 11 of its 19 triple tries (.579) and shot 54.2 percent overall (26-48). The Black Knights’ defense limited the Bearcats to just 33.3 percent from the field (19-57), including 30.0 percent from deep (6-20).
In addition to Ellis’ second 20-point game of the season, senior G Julian Simmons scored in double figures with 14 points, all in the first half. Junior G Jason Pancoe returned to action after missing the last three games with an injury and scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists while committing just one turnover in 19 minutes. Freshman G Maxwell Lenox was Army’s top rebounder with five, while Ellis’ five assists were a team high.Ten different Army players marked the scoring column.
Jabrille Williiams and Robert Mansell each scored 12 to lead the Bearcats. Ben Dickinson posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Mansell got the Bearcats on the board first with a three-pointer, but the Black Knights answered with seven straight points capped by an Ellis layup with 16:45 left in the opening half. The Bearcats closed to 10-9, but Simmons drained his second three-pointer of the half to push Army’s advantage back to four points.
The Bearcats answered with a 7-2 run to regain the lead at 16-15 with 9:39 left in the half. Herbeck put the Black Knights back on top by two with a three-pointer, but a Binghamton triple flipped the lead back to the Bearcats at 19-18 with 8:39 left. The see-saw score continued after another Army three, this one from Pancoe, put Black Knights back on top by two with 7:54 on the clock.
Pancoe’s three-pointer ignited an 18-1 run that put the Black Knights in control for the remainder of the half. Simmons scored eight of his 14 first-half points during the run, including a cutting layup that gave Army a 36-20 lead with 2:28 left in the first half. The Army defense held the Bearcats without a field goal for a stretch of eight minutes, three seconds.
Jabrille Williams hit a three-pointer to end the Bearcats’ drought and pull his team within 13 points at 36-23 with 36 seconds to go. Neither team scored the rest of the half, and the Black Knights went into the locker room with their largest halftime lead of the season versus a Division I opponent.
Just one game after going 2-for-24 from three-point range, Army drilled seven of its 15 long-distance attempts in the first 20 minutes. The team shot 50.0 percent from the floor overall in the opening stanza (14-28). Army’s defense limited the Bearcats to 8-for-33 (.242) from the floor.
Army began the second half where it left off in the first with Ellis drilling a three-pointer on the Black Knights’ first possession to extend their lead back to 16 points. Binghamton scored the next five points, but Army scored six of the next eight points, including a three-point play by Ellis to extend its lead to 45-30 with 17:51 to go.
The Bearcats closed within 11 points at 49-38, but both teams went cold from the floor and not a point was posted for two minutes, 42 seconds. A baseline drive by Ellis ended the drought and started a 12-3 Army run that pushed the Black Knights’ lead to a game-high 20 points at 61-41 with 6:27 left.
Army’s lead would fluctuate between 16 and 21 points for remainder of the contest.
The Black Knights continue their three-game road swing on Wednesday when they travel to Hudson Valley rival Marist. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the McCann Center in Poughkeepsie.
Game Notes: Army used the same starting lineup in consecutive games for the first time this season … Maxwell Lenox, Mo Williams, Josh Herbeck, Ella Ellis and Jordan Springer have been the first five in the last two outings … Julian Simmons is now just 11 points shy of becoming the 27th player in Army history to score 1,000 career points … Plebe Michael Felton made his collegiate debut … Chris Gramling scored his first career points with a layup with 0.8 seconds left … Army’s 20-point margin of victory was only the eight time in the last six seasons the Black Knights beat a Division I team by at least 20 points … Army is now 20-6 since the start of 2008-09 when shooting at least 40 percent from three-point range … Army is 26-15 in its last 41 games when it scores at least 70 points.