Yale Scores 84-75 Win Over Army

Ella Ellis scored in double figures for the eight straight game.

Ella Ellis scored in double figures for the eight straight game.

Nov. 26, 2011

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  - Army (2-4) fought back from an eight-point deficit in the first half to take a one-point lead with 13:17 to go, but Yale (3-2) used a 24-9 run over the next 10 minutes to break open the game and hang on for the 84-75 victory at Christl Arena on Saturday night.

The Black Knights led by as many as nine in the first half, but Yale guard Austin Morgan scored 10 of his 19 first-half points during a 23-6 sport that put the Bulldogs on top by eight points with 3:42 left in the opening half.

Army had three players in double figures led by sophomore G Josh Herbeck's 16. It was the second straight game that Herbeck topped the Army scoring column. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native was 5-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-8 from three-point range. Junior F Ella Ellis had 15 points, but struggled from long range, making only on three-pointer in seven attempts. Sophomore F Andrew Stire added a career-high 11 points, his first career double-digit scoring game. Ellis also led the Black Knights with six rebounds and tied for the team lead with four assists.

Morgan paced the Bulldogs with 27 points, including five three-pointers. Greg Mangano tallied a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Jeremiah Kreisberg added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Yale owned a 48-34 rebounding advantage, including 18 offensive rebounds that led to 14 points.

The Black Knights shot 41.3 percent for the game, but hit only 13-of-34 shots in the second half (.382). One game after going 15-for-36 from long range, Army was just 8-for-25 against Yale. The Bulldogs shot 42.6 percent overall and were 8-for-28 from deep.

Yale took an early 8-7 lead after Mangano made one of two free throw attempts, but Army answered with a 17-7 spurt that gave the Black Knights a 24-15 lead with 9:50 remaining in the first half. A three-point play by freshman F Whit Thornton started the rally which included three three-pointers.

Isaiah Salafia started the Yale comeback with a three-pointer and Morgan scored four straight following two free throws by Stire to pull the Bulldogs within four at 26-22 with 8:52 left in the first half. Simmons answered with a three-pointer, but Yale scored 16 of the next 17 points to claim a 38-30 lead following a layup by Mangano with 3:42 to go. Army missed seven straight shots and turned the ball over three times during the run.

The Black Knights chipped away, closing to within four points on a layup by Stire with 47 seconds left in the half. Army had a chance to cut into the deficit further, but an offensive foul call on its final first-half possession set up a buzzer-beating layup by Reggie Willhite that sent the Bulldogs into the locker room with a 44-38 lead.

Army opened the second half on a 10-4 run to tie the game at 48-48 with 16:04 left. The Bulldogs regained a three-point lead, but Army scored four straight points, taking a 52-51 lead on a jumper by Mo Williams with 13:17 left. Sam Martin quickly gave the lead back Yale, jumpstarting their decisive run.

The Black Knights whittled the lead down to five points at 78-73 after a three-point play by Ellis, but the Bulldogs were able to ice the game at the line, making six of their eight foul shots down the stretch while Army missed three of its last four shots.

The loss snapped Army's modest two-game home winning streak and ended a two-game winning streak against Ivy League opponents.

Army continues its three-game homestand on Wednesday, Nov. 30 when it hosts NJIT at 7 p.m. The Black Knights won last season's meeting in Newark, 63-60, on a halfcourt buzzer beater by Jeremy Hence.

Game Notes: Army repeated a starting lineup for the first time this season, reverting back to the first five used in the Air Force game ... Head coach Zach Spiker has yet to use the same starting five in consecutive games ... Jordan Springer is the only Army player to start all six games ... Ella Ellis ran his double-digit scoring streak to eight games ... Josh Herbeck was 11-for-22 from three-point range during the two games this week and led the team with a 18.5 points per game scoring average ... Herbeck moved into 22nd place on Army's career three-pointers made list, passing Jeremy Hence ... Army has lost 28 of its last 29 games when allowing 80-or-more points ... the Black Knights are allowing 80.3 points per game in its four losses, allowing foes to crack the 80-point mark three times.

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