Black Knights outlast Fairfield in thriller 63-60

By Matt Tedino Army Athletic Communications

December 6th, 2018 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
 Senior guard Jordan Fox (#1) drive to the basket again Fairfield. Fox finished the game with eight points and became the 33rd Cadet with 1,000 career points.            Photo by Vanessa Williamson

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Despite a second-half surge by Fairfield, the Army West Point men’s basketball team was able to outlast the Stags and capture a 63-60 victory on Saturday afternoon at Christl Arena.
Matt Wilson led all scorers in the Black Knights’ (4-5) win over the Stags (2-6) with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting to pair with nine rebounds.
John Emezie found his way to double-digits in the scoring column as well, coming away with a season-best 16 points while adding five rebounds.
Jordan Fox made program history when he knocked down a foul shot late in the contest, making him the 33rd Cadet all-time to reach 1,000 career points. The senior finished the game with eight points.

HIGHLIGHTS AND GAME NOTES
• Fox became the first cadet since Dylan Cox to reach the 1,000-point threshold.
• Cox hit that mark on Feb. 27, 2016.
• Fox tied former teammate Luke Morrison for all-time makes from long range with 172.
• The Army defense held the opposition to under 70 points for the fourth time at home this season.
• Emezie’s four steals tied his career high.
• The Black Knights forced 21 turnovers and scored 27 points off of the Stags’ miscues.
• Army scored 38 percent of its points from inside the paint.
• Sixty percent of the Black Knights’ makes from the floor were assisted on.
• The Cadets are 4-0 at Christl Arena this season, marking the best start at home since the 2016-17 campaign when Army won five straight.
• It was the sixth time this season that the Black Knights reeled in double-digit offensive rebounds.
• The game marked the 18th matchup between Army and Fairfield that was decided by single digits.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• The Black Knights used a pair of runs in the early portion of the first half to gain an advantage. An Alex King layup sparked a 13-0 Army run, while Wilson and Emezie combined for nine of the team’s 13 points during a three-minute stretch to put the Black Knights up 15-7.
• The Cadets continued to add to their lead and pushed the advantage to double-digits, 32-17, after going on a 15-0 run. Over that span, the Black Knights missed just one shot and buried a trio of 3-pointers.
• Neither side shot the ball with much efficiency in the second half, but Fairfield turned up the intensity on defense and forced three straight Army turnovers with 12:41 left to play. The Stags capitalized on the Army miscues and brought the deficit within single digits, 45-40.
• Following a pair of makes from down low by Wilson, Fairfield used a 9-0 run to even the score up at 49 apiece with 7:24 remaining in the game.
• A 3-pointer by Fox broke the scoreless drought and ignited the Army offense, sending the Cadets on an 8-0 run, but Fairfield continued to fight and took a one-point lead with 1:35 on the clock.
• The final minute came down to free throws and the Black Knights ultimately came out on top, 63-60.

UP NEXT
• Army will head to Colorado Saturday for a star matchup against the Air Force Academy. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.