FAIRFIELD, Conn. Senior guard Jarell Brown scored a game-high 26 points, including six three-pointers, to lead the Army men’s basketball team to a 64-49 victory at Sacred Heart on Monday, Nov. 12. The win evened the Black Knights’ record at 1-1, while the Pioneers fell to 0-2.
The victims of a 30-9 run in their first game at Minnesota, the Black Knights overcame an early 10-point deficit Monday night with a 29-6 scoring spurt of their own over the last six minutes of the first half and the opening minutes of the second half to take overtake the Pioneers and earn their first win of the 2007-08 campaign.
Brown hit nine of his 16 shots from the field, including a 6-for-12 effort from long range. He also added six rebounds and two assists. Junior F Kenny Brewer joined Brown in double figures with a career-high 13 points, including a career-best 7-of-10 effort from the foul line. Sophomore G Josh Miller chipped in with seven points and a career-high five assists. Senior F Corban Bates tied Brown for the team lead in rebounds with six.
The Army defense forced 19 turnovers and limited the Pioneers to a 36.2 percent from the floor, including 18.2 percent from three-point range. The Black Knights shot 44.9 percent overall and outrebounded the Pioneers, 39-28.
Ryan Litke led the Pioneers with 10 points. Chauncey Hardy added nine points, while Drew Shubik was the Pioneers’ top rebounder, gathering five caroms.
Army opened the scoring on a steal and layup by Bates, but the Pioneers opened up a six-point advantage by scoring the next eight points. Brown stopped the run with a three-pointer, his first field goal in his last nine attempts, to make the score 8-5 with 15:42 left in the half. Neither team would score for the next three minutes until Litke’s three-pointer pushed the Sacred Heart lead back to six points. Army countered with a jumper by Brown, but Litke hit his second three and Howard scored on a tip-in to push the Sacred Heart advantage to 16-7 with 10:19 left in the half.
Brown kept the Black Knights within striking distance with his second triple of the contest and his eighth straight point for Army, trimming the Pioneers’ lead to 16-10. Army got within 16-12 before the Pioneers reeled off six straight points to take a 10-point advantage with 6:20 left in the half. Brown was again able to answer for the Black Knights with his third three-pointer of the half to end a three-minute scoring drought and ignite a 12-0 spurt for Army. Junior F John Moonshower’s three-pointer tied the game at 22-22 and Brewer gave the Black Knights their first lead since 2-0 with a layup at the 1:45 mark. Litke netted the Pioneers’ first points in nearly six minutes to tie the game 24-24 with 40 seconds remaining, but Brewer knocked down a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left to reclaim a two-point lead for Army. Miller ended the half with a steal and a driving layup just before the horn to send Army into the locker room with a 28-24 advantage.
Brown knocked down his first shot of the second half to stretch the Army lead to 30-24 with 18:27 left. Sacred Heart was able to cut into the Black Knights’ lead from the foul line with four straight free throws, but Brown was the catalyst for another Army scoring run, knocking down back-to-back triples to push the lead to 36-28 and start an 11-0 run that gave the Black Knights a 41-28 lead. Brooks hit his third free throw of the half to stop a four-minute, 36-second scoreless streak for the Pioneers, but Brewer came back with two from the line on the other end to stretch the Army lead to 43-29. Shubik netted Sacred Heart’s first field goal of the second half with a steal and breakaway dunk at the 12:37 mark that brought the Pioneers to within 12, but Army was able to open up a 17-point margin at 52-35 on Brown’s sixth three-pointer of the game. The Black Knights would lead by as many as 25 in the closing minutes. Sacred Heart battled back to within 15 points with under a minute to go, but the Black Knights came away with the 64-49 victory.
The win was the Black Knights’ second straight against the Pioneers after last season’s 59-58 thriller at West Point.
Army will make its home debut on Friday, Nov. 16 when it hosts Long Island University. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: The one day between tonight’s contest and Army’s opener at Minnesota on Saturday is the quickest turnaround between games for the Black Knights this season ... Junior F Kenny Brewer missed his first two foul shots, ending a run of 17 consecutive makes, including four straight this season ... Army’s four three-pointers in the first half were just one short of its total for the game in the season opener at Minnesota ... Brewer scored six points in Army’s 16-2 run during the final 5:42 of the first half ... Senior G Jarell Brown cracked the 20-point plateau for the 18th time in his career and the second straight year against Sacred Heart ... The Black Knights drew six offensive fouls against the Pioneers ... Sophomore C Chris Walker fouled out with 2:49 left in the game ... Army’s win evened the all-time series with the Pioneers at 3-3.