Second-Half Surge Lifts Loyola Past Army

BALTIMORE, MD – The Army West Point men’s basketball team saw its host Loyola rally in the second half to earn a 79-68 victory here Saturday afternoon.

The Black Knights were outscored 47-27 during the second 20 minutes after holding a 41-32 advantage at the break.

The Greyhounds started that impressive half using a 22-8 run, including a 12-1 rally, to erase any lead the Cadets had created. Loyola turned a nine-point deficit into a five-point advantage during that stretch.

From that point on it was a back-and-forth affair. Sophomore Tommy Funk knotted the score at 67-67 with 5:14 remaining in the game. But the home team answered, sparking a small 6-0 run which forced Army to start fouling with under a minute to play.

The Black Knights only managed to convert on one free throw throughout the final five minutes and scored just three points, all from the charity stripe, during the last six-and-a-half-minutes.

The Greyhounds then closed the game 8-of-10 at the line in the final minute to secure the victory.

Matt Wilson led the Black Knights after matching his career-best effort with 20 points in the contest. The sophomore finished 7-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe (tied his career high). He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor at the half for 12 of those final 20 points.

Jordan Fox also added 17 points on 4-of-9 shooting, all of which came from behind-the-arc. He went 5-of-6 at the charity stripe as well.

Funk compiled nine points, all coming after the break, and three assists. Fox led the team in helpers with four, while Wilson was tops on the team in rebounds with six.

Army remains on the road for its next contest as the Black Knights are at Bucknell on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.