Dec. 7, 2011
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Army (3-6) led by as many as 10 points in the second half and held a 56-52 lead with less than four minutes to go, but Marist (4-5) scored the game's seven points to take a 59-56 win at McCann Arena on Wednesday night.
Army senior G Julian Simmons tied for the team lead with 13 points, becoming the 27th player in Army history to score 1,000 points in their career. Simmons ended the night with 1,002 career markers.
Junior F Ella Ellis also scored 13 points, his 11th straight game in double figures, despite a 6-for-18 shooting night that included just one three-pointer in 10 tries. Ellis had a look from the left wing that would have tied the game at the buzzer, but it glanced off the front of the rim. Sophomore G Josh Herbeck was also in double figures with 12 points. He also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
Army struggled from the field, shooting just 35.1 percent overall and 29.2 percent from long range (7-24). The Black Knights were particularly off in the second half, hitting only 32.0 percent overall and going 1-for-7 from deep. Marist recovered from a 37.9 percent shooting effort in the opening half to hit 56.5 percent after halftime (13-23).
Devin Price led all players with 17 points. He was joined in double figures by Chavaughn Lewis with 11, including the final four points of the game. Adam Kemp grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Red Foxes.
Marist held an early 4-1 lead, but the Black Knights scored five of the next seven points to tie the score at 6-6 on Simmons' first three-pointer of the half with 15:19 left. The Red Foxes went on a 7-0 run, including five by Price, to claim their largest lead of the half at 13-6. Army answered again with eight straight points to take a 14-13 lead on another Simmons' three-pointer with 12:30 to go.
Marist quickly regained the lead, but Army reeled off an 11-3 run, capped by Ellis' first triple, to take a 25-18 lead with 5:34 left in the opening half. The Red Foxes closed the gap to 25-23, but Army scored the next points to take its largest lead at 34-23 on a three-pointer by Herbeck with 11 seconds to go. Marist scored the final basket of the half to set the halftime score at 34-25.
Simmons reached double figures in the first half for the second straight game with a game-high 11. Ellis added eight points. Price led the Red Foxes with 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
Herbeck scored the first basket of the second half to put Army on top by 11, but the Red Foxes scored the next five points to cut their deficit to just six with 17:29 to go. Army scored six of the next eight points to re-establish a double-digit lead at 42-32 on a runner by Jason Pancoe with 15:01 on the clock.
Army led 47-37 after a basket by Jordan Springer, but the Black Knights' offense went without a field goal over the next five minutes, 34 seconds, allowing the Red Foxes to cut the Army lead to 49-47 with 6:59 to go.
Back-to-back jumpers by Ellis pushed Army's lead back to six points, but the Red Foxes' R.J. Hall answered with a three-pointer to cut the deficit back 53-50 with 4:56 remaining. Army led 56-52 following a Herbeck free throw with 3:13 left, but the Red Foxes scored the next three points to trim their deficit to just one.
Army had the ball after a Marist miss with 1:15 to go, but a shot-clock violation gave the Red Foxes the ball with 40 seconds left. Lewis buried a jumper to give Marist a one-point lead and following an Army miss, scored a breakaway basket to put the Red Foxes up 59-56 with 6.9 seconds to go.
Army called its final time out to set up a potential game-tying shot, but Ellis' three-point try hit the front of the rim, sealing the Red Foxes' victory.
The Black Knights are back in action on Saturday when they travel to La Salle. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Wednesday's meeting was the first in the series since the 2002-03 season ... Marist owns a 9-4 advantage and has won the last six meetings ... Army is now 0-7 all-time on the road against the Red Foxes ... Army dropped to 12-77 in its last 89 games when shooting below 40 percent ... Army is now 13-44 in its last 57 games when scoring less than 60 points ... Army turned the ball over 16 times while assisting on only 10 of 20 field goals ... the Black Knights were outrebounded 35-33 ... Simmons is averaging 12.5 points in the first half of the last two games ... Army has not won back-to-back games since January of last season ... the Black Knights fell to 1-4 away from West Point this season.