WASHINGTON, D.C. Andre Ingram scored a game-high 15 points, Brayden Billbe tallied 13 points and Derrick Mercer added 10 to lead American past Army, 64-49, in a Patriot League men’s basketball game Wednesday evening at Bender Arena.
American (13-13, 5-7 Patriot League) outscored Army, 30-12, over the first 12 minutes of the second half to turn a tenuous 26-24 halftime lead into a 56-36 advantage with 8:08 to play. The Black Knights were unable to get any closer than 15 points the rest of the way in dropping their sixth straight game.
Army (13-13, 3-8 Patriot League) was led by Doug Williams, who tallied his first career double-double. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 13 points and ripped down a career-best 11 rebounds.
Matt Bell added 10 points for the Black Knights, marking the senior's 23rd double-digit performance of the season. Bell moves into 12th place on Army's all-time scoring chart, passing Bob Brown. The Kokomo, Ind., native has now tallied 1,283 career points.
Army came out of the gates energized, outscoring American 8-2 to start the game. The Black Knights limited the Eagles to 1-of-8 field goals over the first six minutes. Williams scored six points during Army’s game-opening spurt, including a rim-rocking two-handed dunk on the contest’s first possession.
After Army opened an 11-4 advantage following a three-point play by Corban Bates at the 10:52 mark, American responded with a 7-1 run to pull to within one point at 12-11 with 8:35 to play.
Army regained a six-point cushion, reeling off five unanswered points to pull ahead, 17-11, with 6:40 left. Jarell Brown hit a jumper and Cory Sinning hit a three-pointer to fuel Army’s burst.
After an 11-1 American spurt put the Eagles in front, 22-18, with 2:46 remaining before halftime, Army forged a 6-2 run to tie the game at 24-24 with 30 seconds left. A pair of free throws by Ingram with seven seconds left on the first half clock gave American a 26-24 halftime advantage. The Eagles never trailed again.
Ingram led all scorers in the first half with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Williams paced Army with eight points and seven rebounds.
American shot 40.9 percent from the field in the first half. After a cold-shooting start, the Eagles hit 8-of-14 attempts to finish the stanza. Army connected on 40.0 percent (8-of-20) of its field goal attempts in the first half.
Army concludes its three-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 17, when the Black Knights travel to Annapolis, Md., to battle Navy. Tip off from Alumni Hall is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast regionally by CBS.