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.