WEST POINT, N.Y. — Army connected for 13 3-pointers and placed five players in double figures Friday night while breezing to a 96-67 men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine.
The Black Knights (5-5) shot 63 percent from the floor, including beyond the 3-point arc (10-for-16), in the first half to build a commanding lead and never relented.
Army had 12 players log at least nine minutes of court time, which enabled the hosts to remain fresh and energized.
Kyle Wilson canned a trio of 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 18 points to pace the Black Knights, while Ella Ellis buried four 3’s and finished with 17 points. Kyle Toth and Larry Toomey tossed in 11 points each and Josh Herbeck (4 assists) chipped in with 10.
Army shot 56 percent (33-for-59) from the field and went 13-for-27 (48 percent) on its 3-point shots. The Black Knights also outrebounded the Bears 39-31 and outscored them 17-7 from the foul line.
Coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears (3-7) suffered their second straight setback heading into Sunday’s 2 p.m game at Marist of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Sophomore guard Justin Edwards led the way for UMaine with 18 points. Xavier Pollard posted nine points and five assists, Mike Allison contributed five points and five rebounds and Alasdair Fraser provided six points, a game-high 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.
The Bears shot 41 percent (27-for-66) from the floor, but committed 16 turnovers.
The Black Knights ambushed the Black Bears with a first-half long-distance barrage while building a 54-28 halftime advantage.
Army, which knocked down 10 3-pointers, also played strong defense. Army caused several of UMaine’s 11 turnovers, which led to 13 points by the Black Knights.
Jon Mesghna hit two 3-pointers on his way to nine first-half points to lead the Bears, who shot 39 percent overall but went 3-for-10 from long range.
A Mesghna 3-pointer had put UMaine within two points at 24-22 with 8:54 remaining in the first half, but Army ended the half on a 30-6 scoring run. The Black Knights drained six 3-pointers during that span.