Jan. 30, 2013
Army 80, Holy Cross 66
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior Ella Ellis scored 23 points and freshman Kyle Wilson added 21 markers to lead Army (10-11, 3-3 PL) to an 80-66 victory at Holy Cross (10-11, 2-4 PL) Wednesday night. The victory was the Black Knights' second straight and third in the last five games.
The Black Knights turned a seven-point first-half deficit into a four-point advantage at halftime. The Crusaders trailed by just four with 4:03 left, but Army ended the game on a 12-2 run, including six by Wilson, to claim the 14-point victory.
Wilson's 21 points marked his third consecutive 20-point outing. It is the longest such streak by an Army freshman since Mark Lueking during the 1992-93 season. The reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week shot 8-for-15 from the floor, including three three-pointers. Ellis did most of his damage from the free throw line, knocking down all 11 of his attempts. ... Ellis also led the Black Knights with six rebounds.
Freshmen Larry Tommey and Kyle Toth also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. They both hit a pair of triples. Classmate Dylan Cox handed out four assists and ran his streak of games without a turnover to five.
Justin Burrell led three Crusaders in double figures with 14 points. Phil Beans added 13 points, while Dave Dudzinski scored 12 points and contributed a game-high seven rebounds.
Army shot 44 percent from the field overall (27-61) and 38 percent from deep (9-24). The Crusaders entered the game allowing opponents to shoot just 29 percent from three-point range. The Black Knights made all 17 of their foul shots. Army outrebounded the Crusaders 37-26, including a 16-8 edge on the offensive glass.
Holy Cross scored first and led 8-5 three minutes, 11 seconds into the game. Army scored the next four points, including a layup by Jordan Springer, to take a 9-8 lead at the 15:17 mark. A three-pointer by Beans put the Crusaders back on top and started an 8-0 run that stretched the Holy Cross lead to 16-9 with 10:57 showing on the first-half clock.
Army trailed 20-13 when Ellis was fouled shooting a three-pointer. The Houston native drilled all three foul shots to pull the Black Knights within four points. The play was the first in a 10-4 run that included eight points by Ellis that pulled Army within one with 6:38 left in the half. The two teams exchanged three-pointers, and Dee Goens put Holy Cross on top by three at 29-26.
Wilson drained a triple to tie the score and kickstart Army's 12-5 run to end the half. Wilson bookended the run by hitting a three-pointer with less than five seconds left to send Army into the locker room with a 38-34 lead.
Wilson and Ellis were both in double figures in the first 20 minutes with 13 and 12, respectively.
Army never trailed in the second half. Toomey's three-pointer to start the stanza put the Black Knights' advantage at seven points, but the Crusaders scored the next four points to get within three with 18:16 left. Two free throws by Beans cut the Army lead to 44-42 with 16:38 left, but six straight points stretched Army's lead to eight points at 50-42.
Malcolm Miller's three-pointer with 10:27 made it a four-point game, but Ellis scored the next five points to establish a nine-point Army lead. The Crusaders did not allow Army to take a double-digit lead, and closed the gap to 68-64 with 4:03 to go. Army was finally able to break through with its game-ending run that provided the 14-point margin of victory.
Army's three Patriot League wins have all been by at least 13 points.
The Black Knights finish the first half of their Patriot League schedule on Sunday, Feb. 3 when it hosts Lehigh. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Army is now 2-0 with its all plebe starting lineup ... Wilson has reached double figures in five straight games ... the Black Knights are 4-1 in his five 20-point games ... Wilson ranks ninth on Army's freshman scoring list with 271 points ... Army has won three of its last six trips to Worcester, accounting for all but one of their four all-time victories at the Hart Center ... Ellis moved into a tie for fifth place on Army's all-time three-point list with 167 (Alex Morris) ... Kevin Ferguson has blocked at least one shot in four straight games ... Army scored at least 80 points for the ninth time this season, the most since the 2000-01 season ... Zach Spiker became just the fifth Army coach to win at least 47 games during their first four seasons (Bob Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, George Hunter, Les Wothke) ... Cox has played 130 minutes without committing a turnover during the last five games ... he has 24 assists in that span ... Kyle Toth has scored in double figures in three straight games ... Holy Cross and Army have alternated wins over the last four meetings in the series ... Army snapped a three-game road losing streak, picking up its first league road win of the season.