Men’s Basketball secures win with second-half comeback

By Matt Tedino Army Athletic Communications

January 31st, 2019 | Army and Community Sports, Sports
 Senior forward John Emezie was electric off the bench and came up huge in the second half for the Black Knights, scoring all 11 of his points in the final half to help Army West Point to a 69-63 victory over Lafayette Jan. 26 in Easton, Pa. Photo by Eric S. Bartelt/PV

A career game from sophomore guard Lonnie Grayson guided the Army West Point Men’s Basketball team to its fourth-straight win as the Black Knights claimed a 69-63 road victory over Lafayette Jan. 26 at the Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Grayson provided a much-needed spark off the bench for the Black Knights (11-10, 6-2 Patriot League) against Lafayette (5-14, 2-6 Patriot League). The second-year guard dropped a career-best 19 points to go with a career-high six rebounds and three steals.
Army got another efficient scoring outing from junior Matt Wilson after the center put up 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting to pair with eight boards.
Senior forward John Emezie was electric off the bench and came up huge in the second half for the Black Knights, scoring all 11 of his points in the final frame.

Army highlights and game notes
• Army swept Lafayette in the regular season for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.
• The Black Knights defeated the Leopards on the road for the first time since Feb. 3, 2016.
• The four-game winning streak is the longest by an Army squad since starting the 2014-15 season with five-consecutive victories.
• It is the also the longest Patriot League winning streak for the Cadets since capturing five-straight during the 2013-14 season.
• Grayson extended his double-digit scoring streak to four games.
• Wilson became just the 16th cadet in program history to record 500 career rebounds.
• He passed Randy Cozzens for 15th in all-time rebounds and currently has 506.
• The junior has now scored in double-figures in three-straight outings.
• Ten different Cadets scored at least one point in the contest.
• It was the sixth game this season that Army had double-digit Cadets record at least one point.
• The Black Knights notched 17 points off 18 Lafayette turnovers.
• Army’s non-starters accounted for 59 percent of the team’s points.
• The Cadets scored 38 of their 69 points from inside the paint.
• Fifty-six of Army’s made shots were assisted on.

How it happened
• Army got off to a slow start offensively and was unable to find the bottom of the basket. On the other end, the Leopards began to heat up from downtown. After missing their first three attempts from long range, the Leopards buried each of their next five 3-pointers to go ahead 21-12 with 11:58 left in the opening half.
• The Black Knights’ defense began to clamp down and held Lafayette scoreless for a seven-minute stretch. During that time, the Cadets evened the score up at 21-21 with a 9-0 run.
• Grayson and Wilson carried the scoring load in the first half, combining for 20 points. The duo combined to make nine shots while accumulating just one miss as the Black Knights went into the half trailing, 33-29.
• Lafayette came out for the second half and continued to drain shots from long range. However, the Black Knights hung in there and battled back with an 11-2 run to pull within three, 50-47, with 11:18 on the clock. The trio of Grayson, Emezie and Josh Caldwell provided a lift off the bench and it was not much longer until the Cadets erased a 12-point second-half deficit to take a 54-52 lead.
• Army built its lead as large as eight after six unanswered points and hung on the rest of the way to secure the 69-63 road win.