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