Nov. 14, 2014
- Kyle Wilson scored 25 points and Tanner Plomb added 22 to lead Army to an 84-78 victory Friday night in the opening round of the All-Military Classic in West Point, N.Y. The Black Knights snapped a three-game losing streak to Air Force with the win and advanced to the championship of the tournament for the first time.
Army used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to take its biggest lead of the game, 71-47, with 11:08 left in the game. The Falcons countered with an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 13 points, 71-58, with 6:56 remaining. Army pushed the lead back to 16 points, 77-61, before Air Force used a 13-2 run to cut it to 79-74 with 43 seconds left. Yon capped the run with a three-pointer in the corner. The Falcons were never able to get closer than five points the rest of the way.
The Black Knight shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 52 percent from three-point range. Army hit 13 of 25 three-pointers and was hot from the distance the entire game, hitting eight of 16 in the first half and five of nine in the second. Army also out-rebounded Air Force 37-32 while forcing 18 turnovers.
Air Force finished the game hitting 50 percent from the field on 31-of-62 shooting, but struggled from three-point range with a six-of-19 effort (31.6 percent). Air Force had 14 assists and six blocked shots.
Senior Max Yon led the way for Air Force with 23 points, just one off his career high. Sophomore Hayden Graham added a career-high 18 points and four rebounds and Kamryn Williams chipped in with 10 points and team-bests of seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
The Falcons played four freshmen in the game, including Matt Mooney who started the game. He finished with two points, three rebounds and a team-best seven assists. Other rookies to see action included C.J. Spiles, Trevor Lyons and Ryan Manning. Lyons added nine points and three steals.
Air Force will play The Citadel in the consolation game of the tournament on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on AM 1300 The Animal in Colorado Springs.