The Army West Point Men's Basketball team bounced back from Saturday's defeat with an 87-78 victory over service academy rival Navy at Alumni Hall yesterday.
“Today was a gut check for both teams,” Head Coach Jimmy Allen said. “I am incredibly proud of how our team responded. When you have the emotional level of a game in this rivalry and you have to do this two days in a row, for our guys to come out the way they did says a lot about our team.”
The resilient Black Knights have showed a knack for responding thus far this season, as they are now 4-0 when coming off a loss. Four Army players reached double-digit points in the game, with Lonnie Grayson leading the team with 19 points. Plebe point guard Jalen Rucker had a career-high 18 points on the afternoon. The loss is Navy's first in the Patriot League this season.
“Being able to bounce back says a lot about our team,” Allen said. “I've been incredibly impressed with the mental toughness of our team and how they've been able to respond. Their level of commitment to being a good basketball program really speaks for itself.”
Army’s firstie class is now 5-3 against Navy with two contests remaining between the sides on February 20 and 21 in Christl Arena. Read more.