WEST POINT, N.Y. — Charlie Jones and Lonnie Rivera finished with 13 points each aiding the American men's basketball team to a 61-58 win over Army West Point on Saturday to snap a six-game skid.
American (6-19, 3-11 PL) forced 21 turnovers by the Black Knights en route to 20 points off the mishaps. The Eagles shot 46 percent from the floor after shooting over 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Despite being outrebounded 37-30, the Eagles got to the line often and connected on 14-of-21 with 10 made in the final seven minutes of the game.
Rivera shot 5-of-9 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds and had two steals in 30 minutes. Charlie Jones was perfect from the field and the free throw line making 4-of-4 from both. Delante Jones, Sa'eed Nelson, and Mark Gasperini also turned out solid performances for the Eagles.
The trio all nearly missed double figures in scoring with Jones adding nine, Nelson with eight and Gasperini with seven.
American led the contest for nearly 30 minutes but the Black Knights didn't allow the difference to go over a few possessions.
The first half was back and fourth with AU taking a five-point lead (28-23) with 2:17 left on a layup by Nelson.
In the second, American kept a strong lead, holding the opposition to 46 percent from the field and 1-of-6 from the outside.
AU led 44-35 with 12:05 left on a Gasperini layup. the Eagles' center found himself in foul trouble early and played just 20 minutes.
Army cut the deficit to a 56-54 contest with 48 seconds left after Tommy Funk scored on a layup. American would finish the game at the line to secure the win.
Funk led the Black Knights with 14 points. John Emenzie added 13 off the bench in 25 minutes and Luke Morrison had 11 and six rebounds.
The final four regular season games will be played within a 12-day period. American will travel to Lafayette needing a crucial win over the Leopards to take the season series and own all tiebreakers heading into the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. The tip is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday.