March 6, 2013

Men’s Basketball Falls at Army in Patriot League Quarterfinals, 65-44

The No. 5 seeded American men's basketball team had to head north for its 2013 Patriot League Tournament matchup and ran into the hot-shooting No. 4 Army Black Knights, eventually falling 65-44, in West Point, N.Y. The Military Academy knocked down over 45 percent of their shots, including 9-of-16 attempts from downtown while the Eagles connected on just 30 percent from the field with a lone 3-pointer.

American (10-20) outscored West Point (16-14) in the paint, 28-18, but Army's outside shooting, coupled with their depth, led to a USMA win. The Black Knights' bench outscored AU, 29-0.

"There were certain things we emphasized in our gameplan but open looks and some easy opportunities helped Army get it going, and really gain momentum at the end of the first half," said head coach Jeff Jones. "It was compounded by our inability to convert offensively. That plus our turnovers and Army's defense made the difference."

The Eagles were led by junior center Tony Wroblicky who posted a team-high 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds. He was joined in double-digit scoring  by senior Stephen Lumpkins who scored 11 points.

Army countered with Ella Ellis who had a game-high 16 points and equaled teammate Larry Toomey's game-high three 3-pointers.

It was a hard-fought contest early despite the Black Knights scoring the first basket and holding the lead throughout the game. AU was within two points of Army, 15-13, after a layup by Lumpkins, but a 21-2 run by West Point swung control in their favor.

Army's hot shooting continued into the second half as they built their biggest lead of the game at 62-32, midway through the frame. AU closed within 20 at 62-42 after a 10-0 run capped by free throws from sophomore John Schoof, but could get no closer.

The game concluded the careers for six Eagles seniors: Lumpkins, Daniel Munoz, Blake Jolivette, Mike Bersch, Warren Flood, Jr. and Daniel Fisher.

Lumpkins and Munoz each played their 124th career game, tying Derrick Mercer '09 for the most games ever played in an American uniform.