The Black Knights also defended the perimeter well allowing only them only 31.9% from three-point range.
The game started rather ignominiously for the Black Knights missing their first five shots and turning the ball over once. Army finally got on the board when Julian Simmons hit a three point shot to close the Colgate lead to 6-3. Army did the smart thing and kept the ball in the hands of their best shooter who hit two baskets in a row to move within one point of Colgate 9-8. Army defense started to really lock down on Colgate's shooters. The rest of the first half both teams played tough defense. Army struggled to score from field but at the half the score was tied 29-29.
Army defense turned it up a notch in the second half as they went on a 19-5 run to blow open the game open. The Raiders didn't score a field goal during the first 6:07 of the second half. Army continued to be more aggressive going to the rim like they did against Bucknell forcing Colgate to foul. Army was in the free throw bonus at around the 9-minute mark. They took advantage of the bonus and connected on seven free throws down the stretch.
In one of the rare times this year Army took more free throws than the opponents. The Black Knights hit 16of 22 attempts and their success at the free throw line was a major contributing factor in the win. Coming into this game Army had lost three Patriot League games despite the fact they outscored their opponents from the field. It was a nice reversal of fortune for the Black Knights.
After a three-point jumper by Cleveland Richard, who led the Black Knights with 17 points, Army opened a 53-38 lead. Colgate was able to narrow the lead to 11 after two baskets by guard Kyle Roemer who scored 17 points for the Raiders. A three-point basket by Josh Miller with 2:40 left ended any hopes the Raiders had about a comeback. Miller did a nice job setting up his teammates all afternoon as he dished out five assists with no turnovers while playing terrific defense.
The win improves the Army Black Knights record to 13-9 and 3-5 in Patriot League. Marcus Nelson recorded 3 steals to pass George Tatum as the Army's all time leader in steals. Army's next game is Wednesday February 10 against Holy Cross at 7pm at Christl Arena.
Army defeats Colgate, 63-49
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