Army Pounds Polytechnic in Home Opener

The Black Knights blitzed Division III opponent Polytechnic by racing out to 12-0 and 23-1 leads en route to a very easy 76-37 win in their home opener. A good Christl Arena crowd watched 11 Black Knights enter the scoring column. Army thoroughly outclassed the inferior Polytechnic squad, leading to extended garbage time as the outcome was never in doubt.

Army's own "Killer B's" were key contributors to the victory. Co-captain Matt Bell was the best player on the floor, leading all scorers with 18 points (2-4 from behind the arc). He was clearly a floor leader as well, as the only lull in Army's performance seemed to occur while he was resting on the bench. Sophomore Jarell Brown stroked 4 3-pointers on his way to 16 points, and obviously looked more confident as he played a fine all-around game. Rounding out the double digit scorers was Corban Bates, whose 10 points came mostly from inside. He also added 5 rebounds and seems poised to be a key contributor this season.

Jimmy Sewell led all rebounders with 8 boards while adding 6 points. Cory Sinning only played 15 minutes in this laugher yet still added 5 points and provided valuable floor leadership. Two freshmen, Doug Williams and Kenny Brewer, scored the first points of hopefully many in their collegiate careers with 4 and 2, respectively. Promising freshman, Dan Borcherdt added a 3-point field goal. Rounding out the scoring column for Army were Colin Harris (6 points), Steve Stoll (4 points) and Lance Dietz with 2.

Army more than doubled the output of the Fighting Blue Jays of Polytechnic, and the game was not even that close. Army trounced Polytechnic in rebounds (42-21) and assists (18-8). This was Polytechnic's first game this season, and their offense almost appeared to be in slow motion. The Army defense was strong, especially in the early going, forcing 19 turnovers. Lindon Ivezaj provided a lone bright spot for Polytechnic by scoring 8 points, including 6-6 from the charity stripe.

Army faces two other Division 1 military schools in its next two games. It visits Virginia Military Institute on Monday, November 21 in the first of 2 matches against the Keydets this season. Army returns to Christl Arena on Saturday, November 26th to face The Citadel, and will try to avenge a tough loss in last year's home opener to the Bulldogs.

A very safe and happy Thanksgiving to all.


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