Jordan Fox and Tommy Funk scored 16 points each to lead Army West Point past Air Force, 79-54, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., in game one of the MSG Holiday Festival presented by Advanced Auto Parts.
The Black Knights took control of the game early and built a 16 point lead, 37-21, late in the first half. The Falcons closed the half with a 10-3 run to cut the lead to nine, 40-31, at halftime.
The Falcons got a 3-pointer on its first possession of the second half to cut the lead to six points, 40-34, but Army West Point answered with eight straight points to build the lead to 14 points, 48-34, with 18:01 left. Army West Point build the lead to 20 points, 64-44, with 12:07 left and never had the lead fall below 20 points the rest of the game.
Army West Point hit 42.6 percent from the field, including 51.6 from three on 16-31 shooting. The Black Knights had 18 assists and 10 steals. Air Force hit a season-low 24.6 percent from the field and committed a season-high 21 turnovers.
Trevor Lyons led the Falcons with a season-high 18 points. Jacob Van added a season-best 14 points while Ryan Manning added 12 points and a career- best nine rebounds. Frank Toohey added seven points and a season-high 10 rebounds.
Air Force falls to 5-6 on the year while Army improves to 7-4. The Falcons close out the non-conference schedule on Friday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. vs. Johnson & Wales.