Army falters late against Bucknell, 63-46

LEWISBURG, Pa.--Army played strong against pre-season favorite, Bucknell, for 20 minutes. However, turnovers, cold shooting and inconsistent play continue to plague the Cadets, who lost ground in the second half and eventually fell to Bucknell, 63-46. Army now falls to 0-3 in the Patriot League, and a disappointing 2-13 overall.<P> <i><b>NOTE:</b> Dates of next games corrected!</i>

The first half started out slowly, with cold shooting and turnovers by both squads. This kind of pace seems to favor the Cadets in order to minimize their talent deficiencies against some of the other Patriot League Division I squads. Sure enough, Jarell Brown, who saw his first meaningful playing time this season, hit a 3-point shot to pull Army even with Bucknell, 5-5, with 15 minutes left.

Army continued to play well over the next 7 minutes, actually building a 15-10 lead with 8 minutes left, spurred on by a 3-point field goal by Marshall Jackson. However, Bucknell proved why it has defeated teams such as Pittsburgh and Holy Cross, reeling off the next 10 points to retake the lead, 20-15. Still, Army showed some fight and resiliency. Helped by a nice bucket from Cory Sinning, Army fought back to within two, 21-19, at halftime.

Once again, Army had trouble at the start of the second half. The Bison ran out to a 29-21 lead. Jimmy Sewell hit a 3-point field goal to cut the lead to 5, but that was as close as the Cadets would come.

Bucknell's front line was too much for the Cadets to handle. Charles Lee keyed the Bison attack with team highs of 15 points and 9 rebounds. 6-foot-11 Chris McNaughton also paced Bucknell with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Sophomore Abe Badmus seemed to be all over the court, scoring 11, while adding 8 rebounds and 3 steals.

For Army, Colin Harris returned to the starting lineup with a bang, leading the Cadets with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Matt Bell only scored 7 points, but also contributed 4 steals. Marshall Jackson continues to improve, scoring 6 points and playing solid as the point guard. Finally, freshman Jarell Brown tied his career high with 5 points.

Army's next two games are critical if it hopes to ascend to the upper half of the Patriot League. The Cadets host the Eagles of American on Friday, January 21. Since American entered the Patriot League in 2001, Army has yet to defeat the Eagles. Army will also have its hands full on Sunday, January 23, when it hosts its archrival, Navy. Next weekend will be full of excitement as Army tries to defeat two tough opponents.


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