Army Downs Lafayette, 77-54
Jan. 16, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army built a 20-point lead in the opening minutes and coasted to a 77-54 win over Lafayette on Wednesday evening at Christl Arena. Ella Ellis led the charge offensively for Army, scoring 23 points in the win.
Turnovers (22) and three-point shooting (5-of-23, 21.7 percent) haunted the Leopards from the get-go, and the team distributed a season-low six assists. On the offensive end, Lafayette was paced by 16 points from Dan Trist on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor as well as Tony Johnson’s 11 points.
The Black Knights (8-9, 1-1 Patriot) jumped out to a 10-2 lead at the first media timeout after Lafayette’s Levi Giese made a baseline jumper to open the scoring. Eight of Army’s points came from freshman Kyle Wilson (11 points), who added two on a breakaway slam and then drained his first two three-point attempts. Army then pushed its lead to 21-4 on a layup by Dylan Cox (13 points), prior to Joey Ptasinski ending the run with a three pointer at 10:37. Through the first nine minutes, Lafayette (8-11, 1-1 Patriot) turned the ball over nine times before Ptasinski’s triple.
Army maintained its double-digit advantage throughout the remainder of the half and took a 35-23 lead into the locker room. Lafayette ended the half with 13 turnovers, while Army gave it away 11 times.
Consecutive buckets by Trist cut Army’s advantage to 40-28 four minutes into the period, but Army scored eight in a row to build a 20-point cushion at 14:47.
Trailing by 21, Bryce Scott knocked down a three from the corner and then forced Army into a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play. Seth Hinrichs then fed a cutting Ptasinski for a layup off the Army miscue. Following an Army bucket, Trist converted a three-point play and Johnson forced the Black Knights into another giveaway. Johnson was fouled and hit two at the line, prior to Army coughing up the ball again.
On Lafayette’s next possession, Johnson drilled a wing three while Trist was fouled in the lane, leading to a five-point trip for the Maroon and White. Trist’s free throws drew Lafayette within eight (55-47) with nine minutes to go, before Army answered and scored 11 of the next 15 points, led by Ella Ellis’ trio of threes. The third pushed Army’s advantage back to 15 points with less than six minutes remaining.
Next up for Lafayette is a trip to Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday. Opening tip against Bucknell is set for 7 p.m.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak against Army.
Johnson moved into a tie with Ted Detmer ’08 for 10th in the Lafayette record book (134 career) with three steals in the game.
Hinrichs finished with four points, snapping a streak of eight straight double-digit point games.