WEST POINT, N.Y.—Sophomore Kyle Wilson led three Army players in double figures with a game-high 16 points leading Division I Army to a 68-48 win over Coast Guard at Christl Arena on the campus of the United States Military Academy.
Army improves to 4-6 on the season while Coast Guard dropped its third straight to dip to 2-7 on the year.
Junior David Anderson led Coast Guard with 14 points off the bench while senior John Benedict grabbed a game and season-high ten rebounds for the Bears. Sophomore Ricky Rodriguez was also in double-figures as he finished with ten points for Coast Guard.
"Our kids really played hard and competed against a well coached Division I team this afternoon, " said Coast Guard head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz. "This is a prestigious place to play and it was a great exposure for our players and we hope to keep the tradition of playing a Divison I team each season. We really got off to a tough start down 17-2, but we didn't quit and we did a nice job fighting back."
Sophomore Ryan McNeil got the Bears, who trailed by 17 at halftime, off to a quick start in the second half knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers cutting the deficit to 38-27.
The Black Knights used an 8-2 spurt to push the lead to 46-29 with 15:24 left before Rodriguez hit a trey and a jumper making the score 46-34 with 12:57 remaining.
Coast Guard trailed 54-40 with 9:22 left before Army used a 12-2 run to take its largest lead of the game 66-42 with 6:23 left to put the game away.
Army shot 38.1 percent from the field (24-63) while making 10 of 28 from 3-point range in the win while the Bears were 16 of 52 from the field (30.8 percent) and hit six of 23 from behind the arc. The Black Knights held a 45-37 edge on the glass in the win.
Coast Guard missed its first six field goal attempts as Army scored the first 12 points of the game before Anderson got the Bears on the board with 14:45 to go making the score 12-2.
The Black Knights led 17-2 with 13:47 to go in the half as the Bears made just one of their first nine field goal attempts.
Coast Guard got going as Anderson, who scored the Bears first nine points of the game, made a pair of three throws to cap his own 7-2 run against Army to cut the deficit to 19-9 with 11:09 left in the half.
The Bears would get as close as eight at 24-16 following a jumper by freshman Adrian Chuquillangui with 7:32 remaining the opening half, but that would be Coast Guard's final field goal of the half.
Army would respond with ten straight to take its largest lead of the half 34-16 with 3:35 left in the half and the Black Knights led 38-21 at the break.
Anderson led Coast Guard with 10 points in the first half.
The Black Knights shot 48.4 percent from the floor in the first half (15-31) while hitting six of 14 (42.9 percent) from behind the arc. Coast Guard was 6 of 25 from the floor (24 percent) while hitting two of nine from 3-point range in the opening stanza.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday night when they play at rival Connecticut College in a non-conference game beginning at 7 p.m.