WEST POINT, N.Y. Senior G Jarell Brown scored 26 points, including a career-high eight three-pointers, to lead the Army men’s basketball team to a 63-58 victory versus Presbyterian at Christl Arena on Saturday. The win snapped the Black Knights’ mini two-game losing skid and improved their season record to 2-3. The Blue Hose now stand at 0-7.
Brown’s eight three pointers versus the Blue Hose rank second on the Black Knights’ single-game list, only one off the school record. It was the most three-pointers in a game by an Army player since Mark Lueking tied his own single-game record with nine triples against Wesley on Jan. 30, 1996. Brown also moved into sole possession of third place on Army’s career three-pointers list with 170, passing Alex Morris (1992-97).
Brown’s 26-point effort came on the heels of his career-best 30-point game at Cornell on Tuesday. In Army’s two games this week, the Cleveland native averaged 28.0 points on 18 of 30 from the floor (60 percent), including 13 three-pointers on 20 attempts (65 percent).
Junior F John Moonshower also had a career day with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting versus Presbyterian. It was Moonshower’s first career double-digit effort. Sophomore G Josh Miller added nine points and a career-best seven assists, while senior F Corban Bates led the Black Knights with a game-high eight rebounds and tallied a season-high four steals.
Bryan Bostic and Al’lonzo Coleman each had 14 for the Blue Hose. Coleman led the squad with seven rebounds. Josh Johnson scored 12 off the bench.
The Blue Hose erased a 13-point first-half deficit to lead by six points, 41-35, with 11:47 left in the second half, but Army used an 18-2 scoring spurt take a 10-point lead with 4:48 remaining. Presbyterian clawed its way back to within three points on two occasions, but the Black Knights were able to hold on for their first home victory of the season.
Entering Saturday’s contest, the Blue Hose were shooting 43.0 percent from long range, averaging 10.7 three-pointers per contest, but the Black Knights’ defense limited Presbyterian to only 7 of 19 from deep for the game. Pat Kiscaden had been averaging a team-high 15.7 points per game on 4.5 three-pointers per contest for the Blue Hose, but he was able to muster just seven points and one three-pointer against Army.
The first half began with one of many scoring runs by both teams. Army scored eight of the first 10 points, including five points by Brown. The Black Knights extended their advantage to 10 points at 15-5 on Brown’s second three-pointer of the day with 15 minutes left in the half. The Pioneers battled back with an 8-0 run of their own to cut the Army lead to 15-13. The Black Knights missed four straight shots during the four-minute, 15-second stretch without a point. Miller was able to turn the momentum with a pair of free throws that jumpstarted a 9-0 Army run that pushed the lead to 24-13. Miller’s putback basket gave the Black Knights their largest lead of the game at 28-15, but the Blue Hose scored nine of the final 11 points in the half to trail by six, 30-24, at the break.
Presbyterian scored the first basket of the second half, but Brown came right back with his fourth three of the game to push lead back to seven points. From there, the Blue Hose used a 15-2 run to take a 41-35 advantage, but Brown again ignited an Army rally with a three-pointer. Brown’s triple sparked the decisive run that gave the Black Knights a 56-46 lead with 4:48 left in the game. The Blue Hose whittled away at the double-digit deficit by scoring 10 of the next 13 points. A layup by Coleman with 14.5 seconds remaining cut the Army lead to 61-58, but sophomore G Cleveland Richard hit one of two free throws to make it a two-possession game with 11.4 seconds to go. Presbyterian’s final three-point attempt rimmed out and Richard was able to coral the rebound. He split another pair of foul shots with 2.4 seconds left to set the final five-point margin of victory.
Saturday’s game was the Black Knights’ last appearance at Christl Arena until Dec. 9. Army begins a three-game road stretch when it travels to Hartford on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Sophomore C Chris Walker was not in the starting lineup for the first time this season after suffering an injury to his nose against Cornell ... He did not play in the game ... Sophomore G Marcus Nelson made his team-high 24th consecutive start ... Senior G Jarell Brown’s 15-points after halftime marked his fourth straight double-digit scoring half ... Brown made at least six three-pointers in a game for the second time this season (at Sacred Heart) ... Brown has now scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time this season ... Junior F John Moonshower tied his career high of nine points in the first half ... Presbyterian outrebounded the Black Knights, 26-25, and the Blue Hose bench outscored the Black Knights’ reserves, 21-4 ... Army’s starters played 158 of a possible 200 minutes ... The game was the first of two meetings between Army and Presbyterian this season ... The Black Knights will make the trek to Clinton, S.C. on Jan. 8 in their final non-conference game of the season.