Second-Half Spurt Lifts Lehigh Past Black Knights

BETHLEHEM, PA. – The Army West Point men’s basketball team dropped an 83-69 decision at Lehigh here Saturday night.

It was a slim 35-33 Lehigh lead at the break, but the Black Knights saw the Mountain Hawks open the second period with a 12-0 run, which ultimately put the game out of reach. Lehigh limited Army to just one 3-pointer in the opening six minutes of the second half as they sparked an overall run of 16-3 to take a 51-36 edge with 14:22 left to play.

The Cadets would get the deficit down to 12 on two different occasions with its most recent at the 6:21 mark following a Jacob Kessler trey, but that would be as close as they would come.

The Mountain Hawks have now won four straight, while the Black Knights’ winning streak ends at three.

Jordan Fox registered a team-best 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor and 3-of-7 makes from behind-the-arc.

Matt Wilson and Kennedy Edwards added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Wilson led the Cadets on the boards with seven, while Tommy Funk and Fox recorded four assists each.

Army closes out its regular season slate with a mark of 12-18 to go along with its 6-12 Patriot League record. Lehigh finishes at 18-11 and 12-6, respectively.

The Black Knights will begin postseason play Tuesday when they host American in the Patriot League Tournament First Round. That contest will be a No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup and is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Christl Arena.

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