WEST POINT, N.Y. - Navy answered an Army run with one of its own to pull away in the second half and top the Black Knights 59-50 on Sunday at Christl Arena in a game shown on CBS Sports Network.
The Mids improve to 7-12 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League, while dropping Army to 8-10 for the season and 1-2 in League action. Navy broke a 16-game Patriot League losing streak as Head Coach Ed DeChellis earned his first League victory.
The Mids looked like they would have control in the first half, scoring 12 straight points to build a 31-15 lead with 1:43 left in the period. Army had an answer with the final eight points of the half to get within 31-23 at the break and opened the second half with a 10-3 surge to close the gap to 34-33. But the Black Knights were never able to tie or re-gain the lead, as Navy answered with an 11-1 push to get the advantage back up to 45-34 with 10:43 to play. The Mids held at least an eight-point lead the rest of the way as they went on to the 59-50 victory.
Worth Smith led the Mids with 16 points, and just missed a double-double by pulling down nine rebounds. Kevin Alter came off the bench to score 14 points while making 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. The Mids had a solid day with an 11-of-23 clip from three-point range to make up for 33.3% shooting overall and a 12-of-24 day at the foul line. Navy limited Army to just 15-of-48 from the field, and held the Black Knights to just 2-of-20 shooting from three-point range. Navy put an end to a six-game overall losing streak.
Ella Ellis led the Black Knights with 15 points, but had to work for it with 4-of-12 shooting and 1-of-6 from three-point range. Dylan Cox had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Kyle Wilson added 11. Army was held to 23 points below its season average, and only had four assists in the game. The Black Knights missed all 12 of their three-point attempts in the second half.
Patriot League action resumes on Wednesday, and will be highlighted by a nationally-televised first-place showdown when Lehigh visits Bucknell at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The other three games will all have regional television coverage and tip off at 7 p.m. as Holy Cross visits Lafayette, Navy goes to American and Army is at Colgate.
Recaps and the box score from the game are included below, along with a clip of the post-game press conference.