Colgate cruises over Army, 60-41

Army has had difficulty putting strong outings together on both offense and defense. Against Lafayette, the offense was strong, but the defense was porous. In this game, Army held Colgate to 60 points and only 43 percent shooting; however, Army was woeful on the offensive end, shooting only 28 percent from the fiels and hitting only 1-9 from 3-pt range. The result was another loss as host Colgate defeated the Black Knights, 60-41.

Similar to the script of Army's past games, both teams were feeling each other out in the first half. They both shot poorly. Kyle Roemer opened the scoring on the Red Raiders first possession, and then both teams were scoreless for the next 5 minutes. Colgate added 5 more points until Cory Sinning broke the ice for Army with 2 free throws 6 and a half minutes in. Both teams continued their cold shooting. Corban Bates finally scored Army's first field goal of the game with about 7 minutes to play in the first half, to make the score 12-7, Colgate. Colgate extended their lead to 16-7 on a dunk by Marc Daniels and a Todd Checovich jumper. Army would not say die, though, and spurred by Cory Sinning, the Black Knights scored 8 of the next 10 points to pull within 3 at half, 18-15.

Army has had problems this season coming out strong at the start of the second halves of games, and this match was no exception. Army continued to shoot very poorly while Colgate finally escaped its shooting doldrums. Army only took 4 minutes to score its first field goal (a Matt Bell jumper) in the second half, but by then, Colgate had already reeled off a 9-0 run, sparked by 5 points from Kyle Roemer. Colgate extended their lead to 42-26 on a traditional 3-point play by Jon Foss. Jarell Brown hit a dunk on a nice feed by Dan Borcherdt with 10 minutes to play, but Jon Simon and Dan Gentile hit consecutive treys to give the Red Raiders a 20-pt lead, 48-28, wuth 8 to play, and the rout was on. The rest of the game saw extended playing time from both benches. John Moonshower converted a couple of baskets during this period, but the Black Knights were never closer than 17 points from then on, and Colgate coasted to the easy victory.

Once again, Jarell Brown led the team in scoring with 13 points. This was Jarell's fifth straight game in double figures, and he is clearly becoming the number one offensive option, even though he comes in off the bench. Matt Bell added 8 points and a team-high 5 rebounds, and Cory Sinning scored 7 points.

Army has now finished the first half of the Patriot League schedule, and they currently are 1-6 and in last place. They have had several good efforts, particularly away from Christl Arena. However, they do have less talent than most of the other Patriot League schools, and have to play a strong game both offensively and defensively in order to win. Their outside shooting has been rather strong, but their lack of a real inside presence has really cost them.

The schedule does not get any easier. Army next hosts the Bison of Bucknell on Wednesday, Feb 1, at Christl Arena. The Bison are currently atop the Patriot League with a 7-0 mark (the only undefeated team) and are 16-3 overall, having defeated Syracuse at the Carrier Dome earlier in the year. Army will have to play an almost perfect game to take down Bucknell. Top Stories