American Falls at Army, 72-63

American Falls at Army, 72-63

West Point, N.Y. – The American University men's basketball team once again tried to rally late after facing a double-digit deficit, but Army was able to convert from the free throw line in the final minutes as the Eagles fell, 72-63. 

AU trailed by as many as 16 in the second half, but showed resiliency in working the deficit down to just six with 1:30 to play.

American tried to extend the game using fouls, 3-pointers and several And-1's to get back into it, but Army knocked down 10-of-12 from the free throw line the final minute-plus to seal the win.

Sophomore Charlie Jones led American with 16 points and added five rebounds, a 3-pointer, assist and a steal. Jones lone triple came with 55 seconds left and brought AU to within seven.

After a free throw by Army, Pee Wee Gardner went coast-to-coast for a layup as the Eagles closed to within six again with just 32 seconds left. American would get no closer however as the Black Knights were able to knock down their attempts from the charity stripe.

American was able to overcome a cold start from the field in the first half, starting just 1-of-6 as Army built its largest lead of the half at 11-2. The Eagles bounced back to shoot over 50 percent from the floor and grabbed its first lead at 23-21 on a 3-pointer by John Schoof who went a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown in the initial 20.

Army was able to storm back at the end of the period however as two fouls once again sent Gardner to the bench. Army ended the final three minutes of play on a 9-0 run as the Black Knights took a 36-29 lead into the break.

Military Academy center Kevin Ferguson made the most of Kevin Panzer's absence, going 7-of-9 from the field with 15 points in first half and finished with a game-high 23 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Schoof finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range adding 12 points and five rebounds, but fouled out in the final minute as AU attempted to charge back.

Junior guard Jesse Reed was second on the team with 13 points, adding four rebounds, while classmate Marko Vasic made the first start of his career, scoring eight points with six rebounds.

After playing 19 of 28 games on the road this season, the Eagles return home to Bender Arena for the final two games of the season, beginning Wednesday against Navy at 8 p.m.