Feb. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Army set a number of school historical standards, and more importantly strengthened its chances for a home game in this year's Patriot League Tournament, by making 13 three-pointers and pulling away in the second half for a 72-58 win at American on Saturday at Bender Arena.
The Black Knights improved to 14-13 overall and 7-5 in the Patriot League, moving two games ahead of the Eagles (10-17, 5-7 PL) for fourth place in the standings. Army would earn a top four seed and spot as a host in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament if Navy beats Colgate on Sunday.
Army won a seventh Patriot League game for the first time in school history, and also guarantees its first non-losing record in League action. The Black Knights have their first four-game Patriot League win streak, and extended their school record of consecutive League road victories to four in a row. Army also won at American for the first time as a Patriot League member, and in turn sweeps the Eagles for the first time.
The Black Knights had lights out shooting once again, making 26-of-51 shots and 13-of-24 three-pointers in the game. Four players scored in double figures for Army, led by Ella Ellis with 15 and Kyle Wilson with 14.
Army led nearly the entire way, getting off to a fast start with a 26-15 lead with six minutes to play in the first half. American made a run from there to cut it to 31-28 at the break, and the Eagles scored the first six points of the second half for their first lead since the early minutes at 34-31. Army responded from there, scoring the next nine points to take a 40-34 lead and later putting together a 22-4 stretch to blow the game wide open as it went on to the 72-58 victory.
Josh Herbeck and Kyle Toth also finished in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Army's top four scorers accounted for all of the team's three-pointers, with a 13-of-22 clip from long range between them. The Black Knights dished out 19 assists on their 26 field goals and committed only 11 turnovers while forcing 16 by the Eagles. Three of Army's four consecutive wins have come by double digits.
Stephen Lumpkins led the Eagles with 10 points, while Mike Bersch and Blake Jolivette each finished with nine. American shot it well at 22-of-49 from the field and 9-of-18 from three-point range, and also held a 29-24 edge on the boards. American has seven League losses for only the fourth time in its 12 seasons, and is in danger of finishing outside of the top four seeds in the League Tournament for the first time.
Patriot League fans will be treated to an early afternoon feast of action on Sunday, with three games on tap for Noon with Lehigh at Lafayette on CBS Sports Network while Holy Cross at Bucknell and Navy at Colgate can be seen on Patriot League All-Access. Lafayette can clinch a home game in the Patriot League Tournament with a win over Lehigh in addition to Army locking up a home spot if Navy wins.
Army 72 at American 58