Heroics Leads Men’s Basketball to 57-55 Senior Night Victory Over BU
Army West Point Men's Basketball held on down the stretch and got a clutch basket with 1.1 seconds left on the clock from senior Alex King to solidify a 77-75 win over Boston University on Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena on Senior Day.
The Black Knights (11-8, 7-7 Patriot League) had a lead off 22 points at the half as they led 39-17 over the Terriers (6-10, 6-10 Patriot League), but they had to weather a late second-half onslaught by BU that made a buzzer-beating go-ahead shot necessary to secure the win for the Black Knights.
In the first half it was all Black Knights, as they took the energy and momentum of Senior Day, with all five seniors – Tucker Blackwell, Lonnie Grayson, Mark Madden, Nike Finke and Alex King started the game.
“It was a great win, just an awesome way to go out on Senior Day. We played well, we stuck to our game plan. We really needed to improve our defense from last game, especially the rotations on the weak side and we did that, and it obviously paid off,” said King, “We also had some guys step up and hit a lot of big shots. The coaches have full confidence in me to step up and hit that last shot, so the credit really goes to them for having the confidence in me. When it went in, I was just thinking next play. I didn't know how much time was left or how many dribbles they could get up the court. Thankfully, they had to take a three-fourths court shot. It was an incredible feeling to see it go down.”
The Black Knights shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-for-28) and were 5-for-12 from the three-point line in the half. The team played lock-down defense, holding BU to just 25.9 shooting from the floor (7-for-27) and 2-for-10 from downtown. The Black Knights also forced eight Terrier turnovers in the half. Read more.