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Army West Point Pulls Away Late To Down Men’s Basketball

KaVaughn Scott had eight rebounds for Loyola.
Jan. 2, 2018

Final Stats

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Loyola University Maryland took a 56-55 lead with more than 12 minutes to play in regulation Tuesday night, but the U.S. Military Academy scored the next five points to take a lead it would not relinquish, and the Black Knights went on to an 86-75 Patriot League victory at Christl Arena.

After Isaiah Hart scored off an Andre Walker assist at 12:23 to push the Greyhounds up a point, Tucker Blackwell accounted for five-straight Army West Point tallies, hitting a pair of free throw before he made a jumper, was fouled and hit the free throw to give his team a 60-56 advantage at 11:43.

Hart scored for Loyola to get the Greyhounds within a pair, but Blackwell answered for Army West Point (8-5 overall, 1-1 Patriot League) with another basket. He finished with 13 points as one of four Black Knights in double figures.

Chuck Champion knocked down a baseline jumper for the Greyhounds at 9:09, making it 62-60 Army West Point, but Tommy Funk converted two free throws, and Jordan Fox hit a 3-pointer that extended the Black Knights’ advantage to seven, 67-60, with 7:27 left.

Andrew Kostecka made two free throws for Loyola at 6:53, getting the Greyhounds within five, and after a Funk layup, he converted a 3-point play by knocking a 21-foot jumper and making a foul shot after drawing contact. His effort got Loyola to a 69-65 deficit, but that was as close as it would come in the final 5:27.

Walker led all players with 22 points, and he also had a team-high four assists. Sixteen of his points came before halftime as Loyola led by as many as eight in the opening 17 minutes before Army West Point took a 41-40 lead at the break.

Hart added 16 points, and Champion had 15 for the Greyhounds (3-10, 1-1). KaVaughn Scott grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, while Kostecka had seven and Sam Norton and Cam Gregory six each.

Alex King scored 18 off the bench to lead Army West Point, while Matt Wilson added 15.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for a 7 p.m. Patriot League outing on Friday, January 5, when they host Boston University.

 

 

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