Feb. 23, 2016
BOSTON – It was just over two weeks ago that Army West Point sat at 4-8 in the Patriot League, but the Black Knights have won five games since and clinched a bye through the first round of the League Tournament by winning 80-71 at Boston University on Tuesday.
Army (18-11, 9-8 Patriot League) won for the sixth time in seven games to clinch the bye through the first round and stay in the hunt for a home game in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament. Boston University (17-13, 10-7) suffered its second loss in a row, and with the result Lehigh joined Bucknell as a host in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.
In a game that went back and forth throughout, Army trailed 61-60 with under seven minutes to play before a strong close for the win. Kevin Ferguson, Tanner Plomb and Dylan Cox scored on consecutive trips for a 66-61 advantage, and the Black Knights would twice answer BU after the Terriers got within three points. BU cut the gap to 74-70 with under 30 seconds to go, but Army hit all six of its free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Ferguson, the reigning Lids Team Sports Patriot League Player of the Week, continued his outstanding play with 18 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh consecutive double-double, with Army going 6-1 in those contests. He also went over 1,000 points in his career during the contest. Plomb also had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Wilson added 15. The Black Knights limited BU to 11-of-39 shooting in the second half as the teams split the season series.
Eric Fanning led BU with 20 points while Cheddi Mosely added 18 and Eric Johnson scored 12, with Nick Havener pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds. The Terriers dropped their second game in three days following a seven-game winning streak.
The rest of the Patriot League action comes on Wednesday with Bucknell at Lafayette, Lehigh at Colgate, Navy at American and Holy Cross at Loyola. There are Patriot League Tournament seeding implications in each contest, with Bucknell able to clinch the No. 1 seed with a win and a Lehigh loss. The Bison would claim at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title for the second straight season and fifth in the last six years with a victory.