Black Knights Run By Marywood, 95-40

Jalen Harris scored 11 points in his first career start.

Jalen Harris scored 11 points in his first career start.

Nov. 16, 2011

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Army posted its highest point total in five years, defeating Division III Marywood, 95-40, Wednesday night at Christl Arena. The win was the Black Knights' first of the season (1-2), while the game was the season opener for the Pacers (0-1).

All 16 Army players in uniform marked the scoring column. Sophomore G Josh Herbeck led the team with a season-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including two three-pointers. Freshman G Jalen Harris added 11 points in 13 minutes of work in his first career start, while junior F Ella Ellis rounded out Army's double-digit scorers with 10 points.

Freshman F Whit Thornton pulled down 14 rebounds, including five on the offensive end, in his collegiate debut. It was the most boards by an Army player since Corban Bates grabbed 14 caroms against Navy on Feb. 5, 2006.

Rookie G Maxwell Lenox filled the stat sheet with seven points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 20 minutes of work.

Brent Keyes topped the Marywood scoring chart with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Matt Lepri led  the Pacers with nine rebounds.

Army shot a season-best 56.7 percent overall, including a 12-for-27 (.444) night from behind the three-point line. The Black Knights outrebounded the Pacers by a 47-31 margin.

The Black Knights were able to take advantage of 29 Marywood turnovers, turning the miscues into 38 points.

Army's 95 points marked the team's highest point total since a 101-40 win over SUNY Purchase during the 2006-07 season. The 55-point margin of victory was also the Black Knights' highest since that outing.

Army missed its first two shots and Lepri knocked down the game's first basket, a three-pointer, to give the Pacers the early lead. The Black Knights answered with the next 10 points to take the lead for good. Herbeck knocked down a pair of triples during the spurt. The 10 unanswered were part of a larger 26-4 run over a nine-minute, two-second stretch that extended Army's lead to 26-7 with 10:01 left in the opening half.

Marywood scored the next six points to cut the margin to 26-13 with 8:50 on the first-half clock, but Harris re-established Army's 19-point lead with his first two career three-pointers on consecutive possessions. Those baskets were part of a 10-0 run that gave the Black Knights a 36-13 lead with 7:14 to go.

The Pacers pulled within 20 points twice, but a jumper by Herbeck and a three-pointer by Simmons gave Army its largest lead of the half, 43-18, with 2:40 to go. Marywood cut the lead to 22 points twice, but two free throws by junior G Jason Pancoe with 26 seconds left set the halftime score at 47-23.

Army shot 48.5 percent for the half (16-33), including a 7-for-16 showing (.438) from long range. The Black Knights doubled up Marywood's rebounding total, 24-12, including an 8-1 edge on the offensive glass. Herbeck led all scorers with 10 first-half points. Simmons and Harris each had eight in the opening 20 minutes.

The Black Knights opened the second half right where they left off, scoring the first 13 points while connecting on their first 5 shots, including two three-pointers. Ellis capped the run with his second three-pointer of the game to give Army a 60-23 advantage with 17:03 left on the clock.

Marywood used a 7-0 run to make the score 60-30, but Army answered with eight straight and 13 of the next 15 to claim a 73-32 lead following a three-pointer by freshman G Mo Williams with 12:16 left. The Black Knights continued to roll, outscoring the Pacers 22-8 for the remainder of the game to claim the 95-40 victory.

The win snapped Army's 10-game losing streak which dated back to last season.

The Black Knights are back on the road on Saturday, squaring off with Central Connecticut State. Tip-off with the Blue Devils is set for 2 p.m.

Game Notes: Freshman G Jalen Harris made his first career start ... Harris was the third Army plebe to draw a starting assignment through the first three games ... the Black Knights used their third different starting lineup of the season ... Whit Thornton, Sean Billerman, Matt Walker and Milton Washington made their collegiate debuts ... Brian Hornstein and Pat Harris each played for the first time this season ... Andrew Stire scored a career-high eight points, the third straight time he has topped his career best ...  Stire was 4-for-4 from the field ... Army assisted on 24 of its 34 field goals ... Army's 12 three-pointers were just one shy of its season total entering the game ... Army has won 28 straight against non-Division I opponents ... Army is now 23-8 since 2004-05 when shooting at least 50 percent ... Julian Simmons scored nine points to increase his career total to 935, 65 shy of becoming the 27th member of Army's 1,000-point club.

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