Army hoopsters lose two more on road

Army completed a four game road trip with two more losses this past weekend. On Friday, February 4, Army went down early and lost to American University, 86-58. Then, in the annual "Star Game", Army fell to archrival Navy, 84-69, in Annapolis. Army is now firmly entrenched in the Patriot League cellar at 1-8 with 5 games left to play.

As in their first matchup, American broke out of the gate fast on Friday night by scoring the first 7 points of the game. They never trailed for the entire game. Army climbed to within one at 12-11 on a 3-pointer by Matt Bell with a little over 13 minutes left. American then reeled off the next 9 in a row to extend the lead to 10. The play went back and forth for the rest of the first half, with the Eagles leading by 16, 47-31, at halftime.

American continued to pour it on in the second half. Paced by Andre Ingram, with 23 points, and Jason Thomas with 18 points and 8 rebounds, the Eagles extended their lead to 20 points with about 12 minutes left. From them on, the only issue in doubt was the final score. Army was thoroughly outclassed in all phases. American more than doubled Army's rebound total (44-21) and shot over 50 percent from the floor.

Army was led by their star of the game, Colin Harris, who led the team with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Cory Sinning and Grant Carter added 9 points each, with Carter making 3 from behind the arc.

Army never led on Sunday against Navy, either. The Naval Academy was seeking revenge for a 20-point loss against the Cadets two weeks earlier. Navy blitzed Army by scoring 12 of the first 13 points of the game behind 2 3-pointers by Greg Sprink. The Middies extended their lead to 34-19 with a little over 4 minutes left in the 1st half. However, the Cadets, behind some hot shooting by Grant Carter, ended the first half by scoring the last 13 points to close to within 2, 34-32, at halftime.

Behind two buckets from Matt Bell, Army tied the game at 37 with about 18 and a half minutes left. However, the Midshipmen were not to be denied in the rematch. Taj Matthews scorched Army by scoring a career-high 26 points. Navy played very well as a team, with 5 members scoring in double figures. Navy really took advantage on the boards, winning that battle, 47-28 (including 20-5 on the offensive end). Army closed the gap to 71-67 with about 4 minutes left, but Navy was just too tough, and ended the game with a 13-2 run.

Grant Carter led Army with 21 points on 7-12 shooting from 3-point range. The 7 3-pointers set an Army-Navy game record. Colin Harris followed with his second strong outing in a row, scoring 12 points (including 6-6 from the free throw line) and leading the team with six rebounds. Matt Bell bounced back into double figures by adding 16.

The Cadets now look to improve their record in the friendly confines of Christl Arena. While Army is 0-6 on the road, they are 1-2 at home and have definitely played stronger in the home whites. They must do a better job on the boards as they are being severely beaten in rebounds every game. They host the two Pennsylvania schools this coming weekend. The tough Lehigh Mountain Hawks visit West Point on Friday night, Feb 11th. Lafayette visits Christl on Sunday, Feb 13th. Army hopes to improve its position in the Patriot League standings with four out of the last five games at home.


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