By Kevin Sweeney
The Black Knights are rolling.
Army pulled out an 80-71 win over Boston University on Tuesday night to stretch their win streak to 5 games. The win moves Army within just a half game of Navy and Colgate for 4th in the Patriot League.
The Black Knights got strong games from the senior forward duo of Tanner Plomb and Kevin Ferguson. Plomb had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Ferguson had his second straight double-double, scoring 18 points and snatching 14 rebounds. Ferguson scored his 1,000th career point in the game.
In a game that was close throughout, it was Army who was able to take control in the late stages of the contest. In the final seven minutes, the Black Knights outscored the Terriers 20-10 to turn around a 61-60 deficit into an 80-71 victory. In that stretch, Army looked to their seniors to lead the way. Their starting line-up of 5 seniors scored all of Army’s points in the final 7 minutes of the game.
For the Terriers, junior guard Eric Fanning led the way with 20 points. Nick Havener didn’t score a point, but had 15 rebounds. In his first game back from injury, Eric Johnson had 12 points of the bench. However, the Terriers suffered another injury early in the second half, when freshman guard Kyle Foreman limped off the floor with an ankle injury. Later, Foreman was seen on crutches. If he is lost for any stretch of time, it would be a big blow to the Terriers. Foreman has averaged nearly 10 points and 4 assists.
Army continues to be an interesting team to watch as the season heads down the home stretch. Army had a strong start to the season, but lost a lot of games when Tanner Plomb went down with an injury. Now, the Black Knights are seemingly returning to their early-season form.
Army will look to continue their strong play when they take on Lehigh on Saturday for senior day to close the regular season. Boston University will try to rebound when they play Holy Cross on Saturday.