Bison prevail over Army

Kyle Adams, Senior Writer

In what could be described as nothing short of an electric night shooting the ball, the men’s basketball team beat out Patriot League foe, Army West Point, 94-66 on Jan. 30. The win improved the Bison to 9-1 in the Patriot League, a mark that earns them the outright conference lead over second place Navy (6-3).

Unlike the last time these two teams met, it would not take a 40 point effort from Chris Hass ’16 to send the Black Knights home defeated, as the Bison post players stepped up their production. Leading the way was Nana Foulland ’18, who finished the night with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots in front of a packed Sojka crowd. Not only did the Orange and Blue outscore Army 58-16 in the paint, but they did it efficiently, as Foulland, DJ MacLeay ’17 (11 points) and Ben Oberfeld ’17 (seven points) combined to go 17-20 from the floor, with each big man missing only one attempt. Ryan Frazier ’16 and Hass also tallied double digit scoring efforts with 10 points each. Stephen Brown ’18 showed his versatility again with seven points, seven assists, and five boards. The offensive onslaught marked the fourth time Coach Davis’ men have eclipsed the 90 point mark on the season.

After finding themselves down 13-6 early on, the Bison responded with a remarkable 47-24 run, finishing the half shooting nearly 68 percent from the field and with a 53-37 lead. Despite cooling off in the second half, the Orange and Blue finished the game shooting just under 60 percent. As if the massive first half lead was not enough, the Bison opened the second period of action with a 16-4 run, during which five different players scored, to effectively bury Army.

The Orange and Blue out-rebounded the Black Knights 44-35 and held the Patriot League’s highest scoring offense well below their season average of approximately 80 points per game. 

The Bison will be on the road on Feb. 6 against conference opponent Holy Cross.

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