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Gamecenter: Brown 79, Army 78

6 January, 2008

by Jake Wilson

1st 2nd Final
Brown (7-5) 37 42 79
Army (6-6) 38 40 78
Christl Arena - West Point, NY Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Army looked to be in good shape for the win, leading by four with under 20 seconds remaining, but Damon Huffman got a layup and a foul, then converted the free throw to bring Brown within a single point with 15.2 seconds on the clock. Huffman quickly fouled Marcus Nelson with 11 seconds remaining, and Nelson missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving the Bears a chance for the win. Following a timeout, Huffman sank a 10-footer with 1.7 seconds left to give Brown a stunning late lead.
Key sign it was over Following Huffman’s basket, Army called timeout to set up a final play, but the long inbounds pass was tipped away by Brown, and time expired.
Key performance Huffman scored the final five points for the Bears to lead them to the surprising comeback. The senior guard finished with a team-best 23 points on 6-for-9 shooting in 30 minutes.
Key statistic Brown had a major edge at the free throw line, attempting 31 free throws to Army’s 13. The Bears enjoyed a 24-11 edge in scoring from the stripe.
Notes

- Chris Skrelja very nearly had a triple-double for Brown with 15 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists, while Mark McAndrew had an excellent all-around game, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assits, and two steals in 38 minutes.

- Army’s Jarell Brown had a huge offensive night, leading all scorers with 32 points on 9-for-14 shooting from three, while Chris Walker had 14 points on perfect 6-for-6 shooting in just 17 minutes off the bench.

- The game was a very entertaining back-and-forth affair, featuring 13 ties and 12 lead changes — including .

- Neither team had much success on the offensive glass, as the Bears enjoyed a rare advantage in second-chance points, 9-7.

- Both teams shot very well from the outside, with Brown at 9 of 20 (45.0 percent) and Army even better at 11 of 22 (50.0 percent).

- The Black Knights are back in action when Portland visits West Point on Saturday, January 5, at 1:00 pm ET.

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