Mountain Hawks Drop Friday Matchup at Army West Point

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01/10/2022 | 19 o’clock

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WEST POINT, NY – Army West Point took the lead 39:13 at halftime, and while the Men of Lehigh basketball team had a 42:38 lead in the second half, they ruled in a 77:55 loss on Friday nowhere near the Christl Arena. With the defeat, the Mountain Hawks drop to 2-1 in the Patriot League game, while the Black Knights improve to 3-0. Junior Evan Taylor and first grader Keith Higgins Jr. led Lehigh’s offense with 13 points each.

“I thought our offensive rhythm was really bad and a lot of our decisions were bad.” [in the first half]’said Lehigh head coach Brett Reed. It seemed like our boys weren’t scanning the floor to see where help was coming from.

“When Army plays that particular style and the color floods there are many opportunities for our offensive to score,” Reed continued. “In the end we showed that a little more in the second half. I just wish we could have played those recognition games earlier in the game.”

🎥 Highlights from Friday night at West Point 🎥 pic.twitter.com/d45b35HZMC

– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) Jan. 8, 2022 On a night when Lehighs Offense struggled to take chances, Higgins was 5-out-7 off the field (including 3-out-4 out of the 3-point Area) and scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half. He now has double-digit points in the second half in four games in a row, including all three previous Patriot League competitions. Taylor had Lehigh’s first six points of the game and also ended up 13 on the 5-of-10 shootout. The second Dominic Parolin was strong from the bench, scoring 10 points – everyone came in the second half.

. @ keith_higgins15 to a team high of 11 points after this ride and destination.

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– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 7, 2022

. @ Evant2415 up to 13 points on 5-of-10 on this one.

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– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) Jan 7, 2022 The Black Knights took control early, leading 7-0, 16-2 and 21-4. Lehigh came within 24-11 after a Higgins 3-pointer with 5:54 remainder in the first half, but Army responded with a 10-0 run to take a 24-point lead on the way to a 39-13 halftime advantage to take over.

It took Lehigh just 4:43 in the second half to equalize the first half score, when Higgins knocked down a pair of 3-point points, Jeameril Wilson added a three, and Taylor scored four. Higgins’ second 3-pointer of the half (and third for the game) drew Lehigh within 48-26 before the half was five minutes old.

For the remaining half of half the Army responded consistently to gain up to a 27 point lead, but the Mountain Hawks reacted several times to reduce the deficit to 2173-55 with 1:25 remainder. But the Black Knights scored the last four points to complete the 77-55 final.

Lehigh shot 51.9 percent out of the field (14-of-27) in the second half to end the game at 40.0 percent (20-of-50). On the other hand, the army shot 54.0 percent (27 out of 50). The Mountain Hawks shot 28.6 percent from 3-point range (6-out-of-21) while the Army shot at 45.5 percent (5-out-of-11). The Black Knights had a 38:22 lead on rebounds. Army signed Lehigh’s 14 16 sales (only three of which were in the second half).

“In the second half, our boys competed against each other,” said Reed. “Unfortunately we dug such a hole that we didn’t necessarily see it translate into a super competitive game. The boys moved the basketball. I thought it was shared; they saw where the boys were open and gave them the ball.

“It wasn’t until we started surveying the perimeter, sharing the basketball, and even looking at the other side of the floor, that the color opened,” Reed continued. “And that’s really what we used to have to do.

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Coach Reed after today’s defeat at Army pic.twitter.com/jc3xMMPG0m

– Lehigh M. Basketball (@LehighMBB) January 8, 2022

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