After a four game skid that had threatened to derail a once promising season the Black Knights finally got back into the win column on Wednesday night. The win against a Lafayette team that was also on a four game losing streak may not have been the prettiest this season, but in a contest that featured lead change after lead change, and that took overtime to separate the two squads, it might just be the win that gets Army back on track.
Here is a look back at how the three keys played out:
1. Take better shots - Pass
Army went from shooting just 15-of-55 (27-percent) from the field against Navy to going 32-of-72 (43-percent) against Lafayette. The result was going from scoring 50 points and losing the game on Monday night, to scoring 84 points and winning the game on Wednesday. Army is always going to be a volume scoring team, that I just how this squad is built, so it is important that the Black Knights are able to get off a lot of shots during the game. With Tanner Plomb and Kevin Ferguson back in the lineup and, in the second half at least, scoring freely, then Army is going to take better shots from here on out.
2. Beware of the comeback - Pass
This key was actually reversed as Army was the team that stormed back in this game to capture the victory. Army played 25 minutes of good to great basketball at the Kirby Sports Center, but the first half was one the Black Knights would love to forget. Army was down 41-26 at the break and the season looked all but over, with Army down by as many as 18 points late in the first half. The Black Knights were still down by double figures with 13 minutes left in the game, but a frenetic six minute stretch tied the game with 7:45 to go in regulation. The comeback shows just how quickly Army can score, and why the team is not one to be taken lightly in the Patriot League, for the rest of the season.
3. Get Kyle Wilson going – Pass
Kyle Wilson was always going to improve on the four point outing he had against Navy that was one of the lowest outputs of his career. Against the Leopards Wilson went 8-of-19 from the field and 2-of-8 from three point range for 20 points. The total was second on the team to Plomb on the day and is more like the scoring production Army needs from Wilson moving forward. He does still need to find more rhythm from three-point range, but as Plomb and Kevin Ferguson get back into their stride the shooting percentage from downtown will pick up.