WEST POINT – The Army West Point men’s basketball team dropped a 83-66 decision to the reigning Patriot League Champions Bucknell here Friday night.
Sophomore guard Tommy Funk led the Black Knights with a career-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. He chipped in a career-best five makes from behind-the-arc to finish 5-of-7 from long range. The Warrington, Pa., native closed out his night a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
The only other cadet-athlete to reach twin figures in the contest was rookie Tucker Blackwell who posted 12 points.
Jordan Fox handed out a game-high seven assists, and shifted into ninth place all-time in program history with 285 helpers. The junior passed Marcus Nelson’s career total of 280.
On the boards, Matt Wilson pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, while Fox followed closely with six of his own.
The game was close for most of the first half with neither side holding more than a four-point edge until the visitors went on a 6-0 run to take a 24-17 advantage with 7:40 remaining in the opening period. Army immediately countered, however, with a 10-4 run of its own to cut the deficit to 28-27 with less than four-and-half minutes to play before the break. That rally was highlighted by two of Funk’s five makes from downtown.
From there though Bucknell sparked a combined 26-9 run that began late in the first half and carried over into the first four minutes of the second to extend its lead to 54-34. The Bison were aided by solid shooting early in that second period, going 6-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-5 from deep during that stretch.
Army was never able to recover.