Bucknell extends Army losing streak to 7, 69-55

Matt Bell led all scorers for the second straight game by pouring in 23 points, but it was not enough to avoid the Cadets' seventh straight defeat, 69-55 at the hands of the visiting Bucknell Bison. The loss clinched Army's eighth place finish in the Patriot League for the second time in the last 3 years. Army's record now stands at 1-11 (3-21 overall) as it heads into its final two regular season league contests.

Army started strong once again. Led by Bell and two 3-pointers by Grant Carter, the Cadets actually raced to a 13-8 lead with about 14 minutes remaining. At this point, Bucknell stepped up their defense and their outside shooting. Spurred on by three 3-pointers, 2 by Charles Lee, the Bison reeled off 11 unanswered points (while holding Army scoreless for 7 minutes) to take a lead which they would never surrender. Matt Bell continued to keep the Cadets in the game single-handedly, but the Bison maintained a 32-24 lead at the half.

The second half saw more of the same. Bell was the solitary offensive threat for the Cadets. When Colin Harris scored the first points in the second half by a Cadet other than Bell, Bucknell held a 46-33 lead with about 12 minutes to play. However, Bucknell then combined a 3-point field goal with a traditional 3-point play sandwiched around a Charles Lee tip-in to extend their lead to 54-33 with 9 minutes left. At that point, Coach Crews started to empty his bench as the game was no longer in doubt.

Matt Bell again led the Cadets with 23 points despite drawing double teams and a lot of attention from the Bison defense. Jarell Brown was red hot during the last 9 minutes, hitting 3-3 from beyond the arc for a career high of 11 points. Grant Carter also hit double figures with 11, and a third freshman, defensive specialist Lance Dietz, hit for his personal career high with 4 points.

Army faces Colgate in its final home game of the year on Wednesday night, February 23. Seldom used Ray Fredrick is the only senior on this year's squad, and he hopes to see some playing time in his final game at Christl Arena. On Saturday, February 26, Army then finishes their season on the road in Worcester, Mass. against probable regular season champions, Holy Cross, whose record is 11-1. This game should be a preview of Army's likely first round opponent in the Patriot League tournament.

ArmySports.com Top Stories