The No. 4-seeded Army West Point Men's Basketball team defeated No. 5-seeded American Eagles, 89-66 on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena in the quarterfinal round of the Pen Fed Credit Union Patriot League Tournament. With the victory, the Black Knights advance to the semifinals of the tournament and will face No. 9-seeded Loyola at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 10 at Christl Arena.
“I thought we had great balance in offense and defense from the get go,” explained head coach Jimmy Allen. “I thought we set the tone in transition from the beginning. I believe we played the toughest schedule in the Patriot League and it prepared us well for this game.” The Black Knights shot a white-hot 63.3 percent from the field on the day. The Black Knights also shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc and were 12-for-15 from the free throw line.
The Black Knights won on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles, 30-23 on the day. The Black Knights also won the battle of the turnovers, only giving the rock up 10 times to the Eagles' 15. Army capitalized on those turnovers too, outscoring the Eagles, 24-9 on points off turnovers. Early in the game we wanted to focus on defense and rebounds because that is our identity. If we worked hard and take care of that then the offense will come, explained co-captain Lonnie Grayson.
For the second-straight game, Alex King led the Black Knights in scoring, tallying 20 points, while also leading the team with nine boards. Josh Caldwell was also in double figures, finishing with 17 points, while Nick Finke had 14 points. Read more.