Nov. 9, 2013
Army 84, The Citadel 69
LEXINGTON, Va. - Kyle Wilson posted his eighth career 20-point game the Black Knights used a 33-15 first-half run to overcome an early deficit en route to an 84-69 win in the consolation game of the All-Military Classic presented by USAA. The win evened the Black Knights' record at 1-1, while the Bulldogs fell to 0-2.
Army trailed 15-14 with 12:02 to go in the first half, but a three-point by Matt Gramling gave Army the lead for good and ignited the decisive run. The Black Knights took their first double-digit lead on a three-pointer by Kyle Wilson with 7:05 to go and stretched their advantage to 17 on a three-point play by Dylan Cox with 2:15 left on the first-half clock. Army led by 13 at halftime and was able to extend their lead to as many as 21 in the second half.
Wilson was the only Army player in double figures. Ten other players scored at least one point, led by nine points from Tanner Plomb and Josh Herbeck. Herbeck hit three (3-5) of Armys nine three-pointers in the game. Kevin Ferguson led the Black Knights with seven rebounds and blocked four shots for the second straight game. Cox dished out six assists.
Army shot 48.3 percent for the game, including a 51.5 percent mark in the first half. The Black Knights were 6-for-17 (.353) from deep in the first 20 minutes, but made just three of their 14 long-range attempts (.214) after halftime. Army was able to get to the foul line 21 times Saturday night, knocking down 17 of them (.810).
Brian White led all players with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Van Scyoc contributed 21 points and six rebounds. No other Bulldog scored more than six points. The Citadel hit 41.1 percent of their shots and connected on all 20 of their free throw attempts.
The Army defense forced 16 turnovers which led to 21 points.
The victory marked the second straight season that Army captured the consolation game of the All-Military Classic. The Black Knights knocked off VMI last season.
Van Scyoc started the scoring, and after two free throws by Plomb, the Bulldogs scored the next five points to take a 7-2 lead with 17:35 to go in the first half. Army answered with 10 straight points, tying the game on a three-point play by Williams at the 16:39 mark, and taking a 12-7 lead on a layup by Tanner Omlid with 15:38 to go.
The momentum shifted to the Bulldogs who scored six straight points to regain the lead at 13-12 with 13:30 left in the opening period. Cox swung the advantage back to Army with a layup, but Van Scyoc's jumper with 12:02 to go in the first half gave the Bulldogs a 15-14 edge. Army started to pull away, using a 9-2 run to build a six-point advantage. The Black Knights led 25-21 with 8:51 to go before a 17-4 run pushed their lead to 42-25 at the 4:36 mark of the opening stanza. The Bulldogs were able to close with 13 points at intermission, trailing 49-36.
Wilson had 13 points at the break, while all nine of Plomb's points came in the first half. White led all players with 15 first-half points.
The Citadel scored the first basket of the second half to get within 11 points, but Army quickly rebuilt a 17-point advantage on back-to-back three-pointers by Herbeck. Army was able to stretch its lead to 71-50 on a three-pointer by Larrry Toomey with 12:51 to go. The Bulldogs scored 15 of the next 20 points to get within 11 at 76-65 with 5:24 to go, but a jumper by Wilson stemmed the tied and started a 6-0 run that rebuilt a 17-point advantage. Army's lead never dipped below 15 for the remainder of the game.
Army makes its 2013-14 home debut on Friday night versus NJIT. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Army is now 2-4 all-time at the All-Military Classic ... Ferguson moved into a tie for eighth place on Army's career blocked shot ledger (43) ... Seventeen of Army's 18 players in uniform saw action ... Plebes Scott Mammel, Mac Hoffman. Richard Brown and Austin Williamson made their collegiate debuts ... Army improved to 188-38 all-time when scoring at least 80 points ... Zach Spiker recorded his 54th career win at West Point, one shy of tying HarryFisher for seventh on Army's all-time list ... Army is now 26-3 in its last 29 games when leading by at least 10 points at halftime ... Wilson is Army's active leader with eight 20-point games ... the Black Knights are 6-2 when Wilson reaches the 20-point plateau.