BALTIMORE - The U.S. Military Academy forced 17 Loyola University Maryland turnovers, and the Black Knights outscored the Greyhounds by 20 in the second half for a 77-53 Patriot League victory on Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
Army (10-3 overall, 1-1 Patriot League) held Loyola (4-9, 0-2) to just one point in the final 3:19 of the first half, scoring eight of the half's last nine points to lead 36-32 at the break.
Kyle Wilson, who led all scorers with 21 points scored the second half's first points on a layup more than two minutes in, but Loyola peeled the Black Knight's lead back one with 16:18 on the clock.
Denzel Brito hit a runner on the left side at that point for the Greyhounds, was fouled and made the free throw to make it 40-39 Army.
Andre Walker then had a steal on the defensive end for Loyola, and he found fellow freshman Cam Gregory on the outlet pass. Gregory finished the transition run with a layup to put Loyola back in front, 41-40.
Luke Morrison, however, responded with a layup offensively for the Black Knights 14 ticks of the clock later, and starting a 23-4 Army run that covered nearly nine minutes.
Two Dylan Cox free throws with 8:09 left in regulation put the Black Knights up 65-47 a lead. Loyola twice cut its deficit back to 16, but Army's continued ball pressure hindered the Greyhounds' ability to run in transition.
Cox added 14 points to Wilson's 21, and he had six assists, as well. Kevin Ferguson had a game-high 11 rebounds for Army, and Tanner Plomb added 10 as the Black Knights outrebounded Loyola, 43-33, overall, 27-14 in the second half.
Loyola was most successful Saturday in transition, scoring 16 fast-break points, but Army's ability to create turnovers with its pressure limited that action during the Black Knights' run.
The Greyhounds led much of the first half, going up five 8:32 on a fast-break alley-oop from Walker to Chancellor Barnard. Franz Rassman scored nine of his 13 points in the first half, but he was held to only 11 minutes after the break with foul issues.
Tyler Hubbard led the Greyhounds in scoring for the third game in a row, tallying 14 points to go with a season-high five rebounds. Denzel Brito added 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals without committing a turnover. Walker had five assists and three steals, but he also had eight of the Greyhounds turnovers, and Gregory grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
Loyola continues conference play with its second-straight home game Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. when it hosts preseason Patriot League favorite American University.