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February 22nd, 2012

Ellis joins 1,000-point club

Junior forward Ella Ellis became the 28th Army player to score 1,000 career points for the Black Knights during a 74-50 loss to American. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
West Point - Junior forward Ella Ellis scored a team-high 16 points and became the 28th Army player to score 1,000 career points, but the Black Knights (12-15, 5-7 PL) could not overcome 32.7 percent shooting and 15 turnovers in a 74-50 loss to American (18-9, 9-3 PL) in Patriot League men’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.

Army made just three of its 21 three-point tries and was 0-for-9 from deep in the second half.

Ellis was the only Army player in double figures. It was his 29th straight game with at least 10 points, the longest streak by a Black Knight since Kevin Houston had a run of 57 consecutive games from 1984-87. Ellis was also one of four players with a team-high four rebounds. Freshman G Maxwell Lenox scored eight points and handed out a team-high three assists.

The first half featured four ties and eight lead changes, but the Eagles outscored Army 44-25 in the second half to turn a five-point halftime lead into the 24-point victory.

Charles Hinkle, the second-leading scorer in the Patriot League, led three Eagles in double figures with 18 points, 11 of them in the second half. Troy Brewer and Tony Wroblicky each netted 10 points. Brewer and Hinkle grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Daniel Munoz just missed a double-double with eight points and 10 assists. The Eagles shot 60.4 percent overall and were 7-for-14 from deep. American outscored the Black Knights 36-22 in the paint.

Wroblicky scored the first four of American’s 6-0 run to open the contest. The Black Knights came up empty on their first three trips until Herbeck knocked down his first three-pointer to cut their deficit in half with 17:53 left in the first half. A dunk by Jordan Springer pulled Army within one, but the Eagles scored the next five points to re-establish a six-point lead at 11-5 with 14:17 remaining.

The Black Knights scored the next 10 points, including eight by Ellis, to take a 15-11 lead. Ellis capped the run with a three-pointer that put him the 1,000-point club. American responded with five straight points to regain a one-point lead at 16-15.

The lead changed hands five more times over the next four minutes before the Eagles were able to seize control. Army led 21-20 when Blake Jolivette drained a three-pointer to start an 8-2 run that gave American a 28-23 edge with 1:53 left in the half. The Eagles took a 30-25 lead into the locker room.

The Black Knights stayed within two possessions despite shooting just 30.8 percent overall (8-26) and 25.0 percent from three-point range (3-12). Ellis led all players with 10 points, but hit just three of his nine field goal tries, including a 2-for-6 showing from three-point range. Wroblicky led the Eagles in the first half with eight points.

Army’s struggles continued into the second half. The Black Knights started the half just 2-for-9 as the Eagles opened up with an 11-6 run to take their first double-digit lead with 14:13 remaining. The Black Knights trimmed the lead back to seven after three straight points by Springer, but the Eagles re-asserted control with an 11-2 run, all by Hinkle, to take a 54-36 lead at the 9:48 mark.

The Eagles maintained at least an 18-point edge the rest of the way, leading by as many as 26 points.

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