Mick Kowaleski (@mick_mak)
After winning their last three games, including a conference-opening matchup against Navy, the Lafayette Leopards were rocked by Patriot League rival Army.
In a 77-54 defeat, Lafayette lost their undefeated status in the conference, while Army recovered from a loss to conference-leading Bucknell to move to .500 in league play.
The Leopards dug themselves a deep hole early in the first half that they never
After Lafayette (8-11 overall, 1-1 Patriot League) jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the Black Knights went on a 21-2 run that lasted just under 10 minutes into the first half. Down by 17 and reeling, the Leopards never cut the deficit to less than eight.
Army’s final 23-point advantage was their biggest of the night.
The Black Knights (8-9, 1-1) won through superior shooting, knocking down 58 percent from the field, 54 percent from beyond the arc, and 74 percent from the charity stripe. The Leopards couldn’t afford to have anything less than a stellar night shooting, and their 36 percent field goal percentage couldn’t match Army’s evening. Army also received a substantial contribution from their bench, with 19 of their 77 scored off the pine.
Lafayette was led in points by sophomore forward Dan Trist, who scored 16 to go along with his six rebounds.
Senior point guard Tony Johnson contributed 11 in the losing effort, and remained 11th on the all-time Lafayette assists column after notching only one in this game (301 all-time). He needs three more to move into the top ten. He did, however, move a tie with Ted Detner for 10th in the Lafayette record books with three thefts against Army. He has 134 in his career and leads the Patriot League with 39 steals this season.
Senior forward Ella Ellis led Army with 23 points as the Black Knights snapped a six-game losing streak against Lafayette.