Army basketball off to hot start

Hats off to the Army basketball team. The Black Knights hoops squad is off to one of it's best starts in years. Led by first year head coach Zach Spiker, Army fell on the road to VMI but has since reeled off four straight victories. Army is 4-1 for the first time since the 1983-84 season, when Ronald Reagon was president.

Army head coach Zach Spiker, who only took over the program in early October, has been modest about Army's early success, "I'm happy for our seniors. One of the huge benefits of my first year is that there are a lot of fourth-year guys, and the ones that went to USMAPS, fifth-year guys and I am certainly benefitting from their experience."

The Leaders

Cleveland Richard -- Richard, a guard, is a workhorse for the Black Knights.  He's in the game 30 minutes per contest and averages 13.3 points a game.  He has had 13 steals and 15 assists during the first four games.

Julian Simmons -- Simmons, also a guard, has only played about 16 minutes a game but he's been effective when he's been in there.  He's averaging 12.2 points per game while hitting 50 percent from 3-point range (11-of-22).

The First Five

VMI 93, Army 86 -- Most points scored by Army in a division I game since the 2000-01 season.
Army 63, Long Island 56 -- Army uses an 18-2 second half run to top LIU.
Army 56, Princeton 52 -- Black Knights hold off late Princeton rally.  Cleveland Richard scores 18 points.
Army 56, Harvard 53 -- Cadets rally from 6-point deficit behind sophomore guard Julian Simmons 16 points. 
Army 64, Yale 48 -- Cleveland Richard scored a game-high 18 points.

This Week

November 30: Bryant -- 0-5, lost to Providence by 43 and Harvard by 26. Foward Cecil Gresham leads the Bulldogs with 15 ppg and has made 40% from 3-point range.

December 3: at Buffalo -- 2-2, a 10-point win over Navy and close losses to Vermont and Canisius. Guard Rodney Pierce scores 10 ppg. 

 


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