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January 22nd, 2014

Josh Herbeck Shoots Army Past Bucknell, 74-67

Army Guard Josh Herbeck connected on all six of his three-point attempts as Army defeated Bucknell 74-67 on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Hudson Valley Press/CHUCK STEWART, JR.
WEST POINT  – Senior guard Josh Herbeck connected on all six of his three-point attempts, including one that put Army on top for good, and sophomore forward Kyle Wilson scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Army men’s basketball team to a 74-67 victory over Bucknell Sunday afternoon at Christl Arena.

Herbeck’s final triple extended Army’s lead to five points with 57 seconds left. Herbeck inbounded to Travis Rollo with just three seconds left on the shot clock, took a pass back from Rollo and fired a 35-footer that touched nothing but the bottom of the net. Plebe Tanner Omlid made one of his four steals on the next possession and Wilson buried two free throws to put Army on top by seven.

Wilson was 14-for-18 from the free throw line, hitting his final 12 attempts after a 2-for-6 start. Herbeck was the only other Army player in double figures with his season-high output. Omlid scored seven points, grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and made four steals. Dylan Cox and Matt Gramling each scored seven points from the point guard spot. Cox dished out three assists while not committing a turnover for the second straight game.

Brian Fitzpatrick led four Bison in double figures with 17 points. Steven Kaspar and Ben Brackney had 13 and 11, respectively, while Cameron Ayers tallied 10 points. Brackney led Bucknell with nine rebounds, while Kaspar handed out a game-high five assists.

Bucknell raced out to an 11-4 lead as the Army offense made just one of their first six shots and committed four turnovers. Wilson buried his first three-pointer to start a 7-0 run that tied the game at 11-11. Kaspar converted a three-point play to give the Bison back the lead, but back-to-back three-pointers by Herbeck started an 8-0 Army run that made it 19-14.

A three-point play by Fitzpatrick pulled Bucknell back within two points, but the Black Knights scored 13 points to take a 32-21 lead. Bucknell scored five of the last six points to make it a 33-26 game at the half.

The teams traded baskets to start the second half, but with Army ahead 41-34, the Bison used a 13-5 spurt take their first lead of the second half. Army flipped the lead with following a layup by Omlid, but Kaspar scored the next four points to give the Bison a 53-50 advantage.

Two free throws by Wilson started the Black Knights’ comeback. Herbeck knocked down a three-pointer falling down out of bounds from the right corner as the shot clock was expiring to give Army the lead back for good. Wilson then hit a jumper to make it a four-point game. Bucknell got within two points five times, but were not able to tie or take the lead. Herbeck’s dagger made it a five-point game, and Wilson drained all six of his foul shots in the final 35 seconds to seal the victory.

The win snapped the Black Knights’ seven-game losing streak versus the Bison. Army has won eight of their last 10 games.

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