Jan. 18, 2012
Army vs. Colgate Box Score
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior G Julian Simmons tallied a career-high eight of Army’s school-record 16 three-pointers in the Black Knights’ (9-10, 2-2 PL) 91-75 victory over Colgate (5-13, 0-4 PL) at Christl Arena Wednesday night. Army has won two straight Patriot League games and six of their last nine games overall.
Army needed just 29 attempts to break the Academy record (.552). Simmons led the charge with 24 points on eight triples in only 10 tries, while sophomore G Josh Herbeck scored 15 points on five three-pointers, including the record breaker, on only eight attempts. Junior F Ella Ellis scored 22 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season, despite a 2-for-6 night from deep. Freshman G Maxwell Lenox accounted for the other three-pointer, just his third of the season.
In addition to Simmons, Herbeck and Ellis, Lenox and classmate Milton Washington reached double figures with 11 points apiece. The point-guard tandem combined for 22 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and only one turnover in 36 minutes of play.
Mike Venezia led three Raiders in double figures with 16 points. Pat Moore added 15, all in the first half, while Mitch Rolls tallied 14 markers.
The Raiders led 45-32 late in the first half, but the Black Knights outscored Colgate 59-30 over the final 23:28. It was the third time this season Army trailed by double digits in the first half, but responded to score a victory.
Army shot 33-for-62 overall (.532), while the Raiders hit 51.7 percent of their shots. The Army defense stiffened in the second half, allowing just 30 second-half points and limiting Colgate to 2-for-8 from three-point range. The Raiders made seven of their 13 triple tries in the opening period. The Black Knights turned the ball over just nine times, compared with 17 takeaways.
The Black Knights’ 91 points marked its highest offensive output in a Patriot League decided in regulation since a 91-75 win over Lehigh in 1996.
Both teams started well offensively. The Raiders hit six of their first nine shots, while Army started 4-for-7 from the field. The Black Knights held an early 12-11 lead after a jumper in the lane by freshman G Mo Williams, but a 7-0 run, including four by Luke Roh, pushed the Raiders in front 18-12 with 13:35 left in the opening half.
A three-pointer by Ellis and two by Herbeck accounted for a 9-2 Army run that put the Black Knights back in front 21-20 with 10:02 left. Colgate answered with eight straight points, including back-to-back three-pointers by Moore, to go up 28-21 with 8:27 remaining. The Black Knights were able to slice their deficit to 32-30 on Simmons’ third three-pointer of the half, but the Raiders scored 13 of the next 15 to take a 45-32 lead with 3:28 left. Moore capped the spurt with his third three-pointer, his sixth field goal of the half in as many tries.
Army started its comeback with the final nine points of the first half, including four by Washington. Simmons put the finishing touches on the run with his fourth three-pointer of the half that pulled the Black Knights to within four points at 45-41 at intermission. Army kept the Raiders off the scoreboard for the final 3:28 of the first half, forcing three missed shots and two turnovers.
The Black Knights shot a respectable 48.3 percent overall and 47.1 percent (8-17) from three-point range in the first half, but despite their late struggles, the Raiders drilled 56.3 percent of their field goal tries, including 53.8 percent from behind the arc (7-13). Moore led all scorers with 15 first-half points on 6-of-7 from the field, while Simmons paced the Black Knights with 12 markers in the opening half, all on triples.
Army opened the second half on a 21-6 run to take a 62-51 lead with 12:54 left. Ellis scored seven during the run. Rolls hit a three-pointer with 12:13 left to end Colgate’s field goal drought at five minutes, 33 seconds. The shot started a 7-1 run that pulled Colgate back to within five at 63-58 with 10:39 to go, but Army answered with an 18-6 run that gave the Black Knights’ an 84-67 lead with 4:21 left.
Army’s lead never dropped below 13 points for the remainder of the game. Herbeck hit a fallaway three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 30 seconds left to break the three-point record and set the final margin.
The win marked the first time since 2009 that the Black Knights have won back-to-back Patriot League games.
Army plays the third road game of its stretch of five of seven games away from West Point on Saturday, Jan. 21 when it travels to American. The Eagles took both games against the Black Knights last season and have won 11 straight over Army in Washington, D.C.
Game Notes: Army has reached the 90-point mark three times this season … Colgate made 18 field goals in the first half, just two shy of the total Army allowed Navy in the entirety of last Saturday’s game … the Raiders’ 45 first-half points were the most by an Army opponent since La Salle scored 48 on Dec. 10 … Julian Simmons was just one three-pointer off the Army individual record accomplished three times (last, Jarell Brown vs. Brown on Jan. 2, 2008) … Ella Ellis led the team with six rebounds … Army is 29-for-52 (.558) from deep in its last two games.