Jan. 21, 2012
American 67, Army 55
WASHINGTON, D.C. - American's Troy Brewer scored a game-high 22 points, including 19 in the second half to lead the Eagles (13-7, 4-1 PL) to a 67-55 win over Army (9-11, 2-3 PL) Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena.
The Black Knights hit 11 three-pointers in the game, their third straight with at least 10 triples. Army was 10-for-14 (.714) in the second half after a 1-for-10 effort before halftime. The Black Knights shot just 18.5 percent overall in the opening stanza, falling behind by 12 at intermission.
Senior G Julian Simmons led the Black Knights with 18 points on six three-pointers. The Katy, Texas native has made 14 triples in his last two games, shooting 14-for-20 (.700). Sophomore G Josh Herbeck scored all 12 of his points from behind the three-point line in the second half, while junior F Ella Ellis rounded out Army's double-digit scorers with 10. Rookie G Maxwell Lenox also dished out four assists without committing a turnover in 20 minutes of work.
Simmons' 18 points pushed him into 18th place on Army's all-time scoring ledger with 1,157 career markers.
In addition to Brewer, Tony Wroblicky added 12 points to round out the Eagles' top scorers. Army limited Charles Hinkle, who entered the game as the league's second-best scorer at better than 20 points per game, to just eight points on 3-of-11 from the field. Wroblicky led all players with nine rebounds.
American outrebounded the Black Knights, 37-29, and outshot Army, 47.2 percent to 35.3 percent for the game. Army hit 13 of its 24 shots (.542) in the second half.
Both offenses started slow, shooting a combined 5-for-21 in the first eight minutes. Army scored first, but the Eagles tallied the next five points. A three-point play by Ellis tied the score at 5-5 with 14:54 to go, but the Eagles regained the lead on a jumper by Blake Jolivette.
A pair of free throws extended the Eagles lead to four points, but Simmons' three-pointer from the corner cut the Army deficit to 9-8 with 8:24 left. The basket stopped the Black Knights, six-minute, 30-second scoring drought. The Eagles countered with an 11-2 run that included three, three-point plays to take its first double-digit lead of the half at 20-10 with 3:05 left. Army cut the lead to eight on a drive by freshman G Milton Washington, but the Eagles scored six of the final eight points of the half to lead 26-14 at intermission.
Ellis led Army with five points on 1-for-7 shooting, while Jolivette hit four of his five shots to pace the Eagles with eight first-half points.
The Eagles opened the second half on a 10-4 run to claim a 36-18 lead before Simmons hit a three-pointer with 17:08 left. The shot started a 7-2 Army run that pulled the Black Knights within 13 at 38-25. Munoz stopped Army's momentum with a three-pointer off a loose ball offensive rebound. American led 44-28 after another Munoz triple, but whittled the lead down to 11 points on a pair of free throws by freshman G Mo Williams with 8:49 left.
That was as close as Army would come, however, as the Eagles ripped off 17 of the next 21 points. The run was keyed by five three-pointers, included four by Brewer. His final make of the spurt gave the Eagles their largest lead of the game at 64-40 with 3:49 left.
Army ended the game with a 15-3 run on five three-pointers, three by Herbeck and one each by Simmons and Ellis to set the final score at 67-55. Ellis' final shot extended his streak of games with at least 10 points to 22 straight.
The loss was just the second this season for the Black Knights when making at least 10 three-pointers (7-2).
Army returns home on Wednesday, Jan. 25 to host Holy Cross. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 7 p.m. The Crusaders took both games in the season series last year. The Black Knights have won seven of their 10 home games this season.
Game Notes: Army freshman Maxwell Lenox and American rookie John Schoof were teammates at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va. ... the Black Knights' 14 points in the first half were its fewest since scoring 12 in the opening 20 minutes in the Patriot League quarterfinals at Bucknell last season ... Josh Herbeck ran his streak of games with at least one three-pointer to 20 ... Herbeck has at least four three-pointers in three straight games ... Saturday's game was the first time since a 20-point Army win at Christl Arena in 2010 that the final margin of victory between the two teams was more than six points.