Shots were falling for both teams in Bender Arena at the final home game of the regular season for the American University men's basketball team, but after a close first half, the Army Black Knights pulled away from the Eagles, 72-58. AU shot 44.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range with nine treys, but West Point knocked down over 50 percent of their attempts and hit 14 triples in the game.
"Against a team that is playing as well as Army is right now, we really needed to be better with the basketball," said head coach Jeff Jones. "It seemed like every time we had a defensive miscue, they capitalized and it was not just one guy, but all of their key players. We did not have answer to slow them down today."
American (10-17, 5-7 PL) stayed with Army (14-13, 7-5 PL) through the first half, trailing by just three, 31-28, at the break and scored the first six points of the second half on 3-pointers by sophomore John Schoof and senior Mike Bersch. Army stuck back with a 9-0 run to take control however.
The Eagles outrebounded the Black Knights, 29-24, but the Military Academy's 3-pointers and 23 points off turnovers helped Army to the win.
West Point built an 11-point advantage and held it until the 6:27 of the first half but American came on in the final six minutes of the period using an 11-3 run to close within three points of Army.
The Eagles kept the momentum going at the start of the second half and closed within five at 45-40 after Army's initial run, but the Black Knights used a 24-4 run to build its biggest lead of the game at 66-44.
Senior Daniel Munoz posted a season-high eight assists and added eight points and two rebounds while classmate Stephen Lumpkins had a team-high 10 points to extend his streak of double-digit point games to 26.
Junior Tony Wroblicky was solid in 20 minutes, posting seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Army had four players score in double-digits led by senior Ella Ellis who also knocked down a team high four 3-pointers.
AU closes out the 2012-13 season on the road with games at Bucknell on February 27 and at Lafayette on March 2.