Army actually continued its fine play at the very start of the second half. Cory Sinning hit a corner jumper to start it off. Matt Bell continued to score some points and Jarell Brown hit another deep 3-pointer to make the score 41-34 Army, with about 16 minutes to play. Then, Colgate went on its run that ultimately decided the game. After 2 free throws by Dan Gentile, Colgate scored 3 consecutive 3-point field goals, one by Kyle Roemer and the next two by Kyle Chones. Jon Simon hit a layup and Kyle Chones followed with another corner jumper. In a matter of 5 minutes, the Red Raiders had outscored the Black Knights 15-0, and jumped to a 49-41 lead. Colin Harris finally broke the drought with a nice bank shot, but buckets by Alvin Reed and Roemer extended Colgate's lead to 53-43.
Army still showed a lot of fight and moxie. Jarell Brown continued to pace the offense with outstanding shooting. Colin Harris provided some much-needed offense down low, and the Black Knights closed the gap to 61-56 with 2 minutes to play. Once again, though, the Red Raiders were up to the challenge. Senior Alvin Reed provided some real veteran leadership, hitting a key 3-point field goal on a kick-out from an offensive rebound. While Harris poured in another turnaround, Colgate kept the ball in Reed's hands, and Army had to foul. The veteran Reed calmly sank 5 of 6 from the free throw line, and Army could not overcome the deficit.
The Black Knights played their best game in over a month, and it was absolutely related to Jarell Brown's return. Brown shot 7-11 from the floor, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc, to lead Army with 18 points. Several of his shots were of the tough variety, and he's shown he will be a key player for Army this year. Colin Harris scored in double digits once again with 12. Unheralded Corban Bates added 7 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Marshall Jackson also contributed 5 points to the Army cause.
The schedule does not get any easier. The Black Knights host the Holy Cross Crusaders on Wednesday night, January 11th, at Christl Arena. Holy Cross, who is certainly one of the favorites to win the Patriot League, routed Lafayette by 29 in its opener, and will prove to be a very tough test for Army. This will be the last of a 4-game homestand before Army embarks on a difficult 3-game road trip.