The wait is finally over as the college basketball season is underway. For Army West Point, opening night was a fun one as a grand total of 13 Black Knights tallied points in their 93-54 win over Division III Ferrum (VA).
Army was led by their seniors, particularly forwards Tanner Plomb and Kevin Ferguson as well as guard Kyle Wilson. Those three combined for 50 points on 22/34 shooting. With 5 minutes left in the first half, Plomb rose up for a highlight reel Tomahawk slam to give Army a 15 point lead, their largest to that point. He finished with 17 while knocking down three from behind the arc.
Ferguson scored a game-high 18, while grabbing another game-high 8 rebounds. Army head coach Zack Spiker chuckled as he said of Ferguson “His percentage is really good, so we’ll need to get him the ball more.” Ferguson also swatted away 3 Ferrum shots and made it next to impossible for the Panthers to get into the paint, a category in which the Black Knights dominated 54-30.
Another bright spot for Army was freshman John Emezie, who didn’t look like he was playing in his first collegiate game finishing with 8 points on 3/5 shooting. Spiker said, “Physically he’s got some gifts and he’s worked very hard.” Adding, “For those of you who follow us on a regular basis, you are going to like him a great deal.”
As a team, Army shot over 55 percent, converting on 23 second-chance points. Ferrum was led by forward Alek Ayer, their only player to score in double-figures with 15 points.
For Army, they are picked 4th in the preseason poll for the Patriot League after finishing last a season ago. With their talent and experience, it’s certainly possible they could surpass those expectations.