Army wins over Brown, 59-51

The Army Black Knights ended two-game losing streak by rallying to defeat Brown, 59-51, at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y. Army has now won at least 10 games in four straight seasons for the first time since the 1975-76 through 1978-79 seasons.

In the first half, Army struggled with poor shooting but was able to build a 5-point lead by the 12:40 mark on a layup by Eric Zastoupil. However, with nine minutes remaining, Brown took a 1-point lead on a 3-point shot by Garrett Leffelman. The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the half with neither team leading by more than three points. But the Bears would score the last four points of the half to take a 28-25 lead to the locker room.

In the second half, Brown quickly doubled their lead on a three pointer by Adrian Williams just seconds into the half. Although the Black Knight were able to tie the game twice, they were unable to retake the took lead until Julian Simmons made a 3-point shot to put Army on top, 44-42, with 10:45 left in the game. Simmons went on to lead the Cadets in scoring with 16. Army, who enjoyed more accurate shooting later in the game, took control of the game and built an 8-point lead by the 7-minute mark. Meanwhile, Brown, who shot a paltry 29 percent from field goal range, watched 3-pointer after 3-pointer miss its mark in the final minutes.

Army built its biggest lead of the game at 59-49 after Josh Miller made two free throws with just over a minute remaining.

The Black Knights out rebounded Brown 44-39 and forced 11 turnovers while committing only 5 themselves.

A satisfied first-year head coach Zach Spiker commented on the Black Knights 10-4 record after the game, "Obviously, the record is good for the guys to have the confidence, but more importantly, I think we've had a number of really good practices and we've improved. The games are certainly what we're judged on and we've won more than we've lost, but I think we've improved. I'm very happy with where we are, regardless of our record."

Army will open 2009-10 Patriot League play on Saturday when they travel to Colgate.

Brown (6-10) was led in scoring by Tucker Halpern who had 13. Next up for the Bears will be a trip to Quinnipiac on January 11th.

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