Andy Smith needed some help. Army wasted an outstanding shooting performance by guard Andy Smith in falling to American 79-64. Andy was
7-13 from the floor including 6 treys as he scored 22 points. Unfortunately, he received little support from his teammates as American harassed Army into 19 turnovers.
The two teams played even for most of the first half until American's hot shooting allowed their full court press to take effect. The Eagles' pressure helped spur an 11-0 run to finish the half up 42-30.
The second half saw Army draw within nine before American's defense once again stifled the Black Knights and the Eagle ripped off 10 straight to finish off the Cadets.
Interestingly, most of the game Army played a zone which was effectively a triangle and two. The strategy seemed to be to try and neutralize the outside threat of Glen Stokes and Steven Miles. However, Stokes and Miles proceeded to torch the Army defense for 6 three pointers, helping to pace the Eagles to a Christl Arena record 13 threes overall.
Finally in the later stages of the second half, Coach Crews abandoned the zone for man to man to try and slow down the hot shooting Eagles. Also, this outstanding shooting allowed American to set up their full court pressure which forced Army into turnovers and caused havoc with Army's half court offense.
Army only got to the free throw line 5 times, as their offense usually was started at the half court line. It appears opponents feel Army does not have the offensive threats to beat them man on man, so the Black Knights can probably expect to see full court pressure the rest of the year.
The loss dropped Army to 0-7 in Patriot League play and 5-14 overall. American improved to 4-3 and 9-11.