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Service Academy Basketball Roundup: Career-Best Scoring, Clinched Victories, and Back-to-Back Losses

SA Basketball was a mixed bag this week with Army women extending their skid and both Air Force teams getting big victories over San Jose State.

Air Force v Boise State Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images

Service Academy basketball has been a slow burn of close losses across the board this season. This week, however, we saw some turnaround with skid ending victories and players netting double digit points.

Army Men (13-12, 8-6 Conf.)

The men came out of this weekend on a high, two back-to-back victories in the can ending their two-game skid. The Black Knights took down Lafayette Wednesday, 65-48, and Lehigh, Saturday, 79-66. What seemed like an aggressive start for Lehigh in the paint for short lived. As expected, Tommy Funk was back again with this week with a high-scoring game, netting 26 points, 7 rebound and 7 assists, making this the fifth game this season the senior has totaled 20-plus points. Fellow captain Matt Wilson had an impressive game of his own, toting 21 points and 8 rebounds. The Black Knights were impressive in the turnover battle overall against Lehigh, making up 15 points from the Mountain Hawks mistakes.

The men’s team will take on Navy this Saturday, February 22, at 1:30pm. You can catch the rivalry matchup on CBS Sports Network.

Army Women (5-19, 1-12 Conf.)

The women’s team had less of a sucess story this week with losses to Lafayette (58-67) and Lehigh (72-89) bringing the Black Knights into an abysmal 8-game losing streak. And while the losses are devastating to the current season record, a number of women netted double digit points during the Lehigh game, including Lindsay Scamman (13 pts) and Hope Brown (13 pts), this being Brown’s sixth double digit scoring game. The Mountain Hawks two major runs to start off both halves left the Black Knights in a catch up game near the end of the buzzer.

The women’s team will take on Loyola on Wednesday, February 14, at 6pm.

Navy Men (13-12, 7-7 Conf.)

The Mids were able to pull away a win against Bucknell last Wednesday (60-59), but suffered a tough loss to Boston Saturday afternoon (77-54). The Terriers was successful dominating rebounds and stretching the score at the top of the half. While the likes of Richard Njoku totaled 12 points and Sean Yoder has 6 assists, Boston’s aggressive offense and second chance points made this loss a tough one for the Mids. The Terriers had 4 players with double digit scoring including Walter Whyte and Max Mahoney making their money in the rebound game, netting 10 and 9, respectively.

Before their trip to the Hudson to visit Army, Navy will play American on Wednesday, February 19, at 1pm.

Navy Women (7-17, 2-11 Conf.)

In an unfortunate, but similar fashion, the women’s team suffered a loss to Boston (71-56) following an earlier loss in the week against Bucknell (75-65). The women started off strong with their biggest lead being 5 points in the first half. However, the women certainly had standout performances. Freshman Nyah Garrison netted a career-high of 23 points, 4 assists and was 8-9 on FG shooting. Mary Kate Ulasewicz had 11 points, 6 assists and 3 shots from the three on her own.

The Mids will continue Patriot League play with a 7pm tip vs American, Wednesday.

Air Force Men (10-16, 4-10 Conf.)

After losing to Boise State at the top of last week, (74-57) the Falcons bounced back to end their 7-game losing skid with a dominant performance on Saturday to win over San Jose State, (95-86.) It was the Swan and Scottie show for high scoring leaders on the men’s team. The senior pair netted 22 points each combing for 44 points in Clune Arena. Contributions from AJ Walker who just missed a triple double opportunity but totaled 10 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists, were a major force in the Falcons dominating in the paint.

The Falcons are hoping to extend now a winning streak into the next matchup against Fresno State, Wednesday at 8pm. Air Force will then meet Wyoming on Saturday afternoon for 2pm tip-off.

Air Force Women (6-19, 4-10 Conf.)

It was a sweet victory Saturday for the Falcons coming off a loss to Boise State earlier last week (69-74.) Riley Snyder and Kaelin Immel totaled double digit scoring for the afternoon, 32 and 22, respectively. Emily Conroe’s career-best for 14 rebounds helped the Falcons to clinch a win against the second-best team in the Mountain West.

The women’s team will face off against 15-0 Fresno State, Wednesday, for a 6:30pm tip before meeting Wyoming at 2pm on Saturday.