WEST POINT, N.Y. Marc Daniels’ short jumper with 25 seconds to play in the second half proved to be the game-winning points in Colgate’s 42-38 victory over Army in fiercely-contested men’s basketball game played at Christl Arena Saturday afternoon.
Daniels’ jumper came after Jon Simon’s jump shot was blocked by Matt Bell. The ball fluttered to Daniels, who put the ball back up and in. Army had a shot to tie the game, but Bell’s jump shot skipped off the rim and Colgate’s Daniel Waddy made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to ice the game.
Colgate (8-15, 3-6 Patriot League) held a 38-34 advantage with 2:29 to play, before Army (13-10, 3-5 Patriot League) tied it on jumpers by Bell and Jarell Brown. Brown’s jump shot with 1:03 remaining knotted the score for the sixth and final time.
Colgate, which led by four at halftime, increased its lead to seven points (31-24) with 12:03 to play. Army came right back, outscoring Colgate 10-3 over the next seven minutes to tie the game at 34-34 with 5:13 remaining.
The first half was a defensive struggle that put a premium on scoring. After Bell put Army ahead 2-0 at the 19:05 mark, neither team scored until Kyle Chones’ three-point play put Colgate ahead 3-2 at the 14:56 mark. Both teams went cold again until Marcus Nelson’s three-pointer put Army back on top, 5-3, with 10:21 to play.
Consecutive baskets by Josh Miller increased Army’s lead to 9-3, before a 6-0 Colgate spurt tied the game at 9-9 at the 6:10 mark.
After Army assumed a 16-14 lead with 1:56 remaining in the half, Colgate outscored Army 6-0 to close out the period. Simon’s three-pointer from the left wing with two seconds left gave the Raiders a 20-16 halftime edge.
Army hit just 6-of-26 field goals in the first half (23.1 percent), while Colgate connected on 6-of-20 (30.0 percent). The Black Knights shot 27.5 percent for the game, while the Raiders hit 30.2 percent of their field goals. Army outrebounded Colgate, 41-31.
The Black Knights struggled at the charity stripe, knocking down just 6-of-15 (40.0 percent) free throws. Conversely, Colgate hit 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) from the free throw line.
The 38 points scored by Army is the lowest output by the Black Knights since dropping the 2005-06 season opener at Temple, 69-37.
Bell led Army with 10 points and seven rebounds. Corban Bates and John Moonshower also corralled seven rebounds apiece.
Army returns to Christl Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 6, with a 7:30 p.m. contest versus Holy Cross.