The Army Black Knights were beaten by the first place Lehigh Mountain Hawks Saturday night at…
Army shuts down Navy, 69-50
After the Midshipmen scored six straight points to close the deficit to 21-12 Army ended the half with an 11-4 run. Cleveland Richard scored at the end of half to give the Black Knights a 36-20 lead. Early in the second half Richard scored three baskets in a row for Army to extend the lead to 19 points. Army went into one of their offensive funks that have plagued them this year for the next seven minutes. However, today they fed Walker down low for two baskets while their physical defense kept Navy from getting into any offensive rhythm. Navy wasn't able to take advantage as they scored only 6 points during the same stretch. Marcus Nelson was at his defensive best as he and the rest of the Black Knight guards gave Chris Harris, the league's leading scorer, fits. Harris was held to four points in 39 minutes of play on just 2 of 17 shooting. The 5-11 Nelson blocked a shot to tie the Army career record of 74 held by former center Jimmy Sewell. Nelson also scored eight points hitting all his shot attempts from the floor (2-2) and the free throw line (4-4).
The usually high scoring Mids never seriously threatened army down the stretch. The closest the Mids were able to narrow the lead was to fifteen points. Army hit its last six free throws to secure a 19-point victory. It was the biggest margin of victory for the Black Knights over Navy since a twenty-point win 2005. Army broke out of its team shooting slump by hitting 51% of their shots from the floor. Cleveland Richard led Army with 15 points. The win improves Army's record to 10-2 at Christl Arena this year. Army wore a "retro" look that feature "West Point" on the jersey and the great classic "Kicking Mule" logo. Army next faces the Lafayette Leopards at home Wednesday February 24 at 7 PM.
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