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By The Sports Xchange March 1, 2014 5:24 PM
Forward Kyle Wilson scored 28 points, including six in the final 43 seconds, to help propel Army past Lafayette 87-84 in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday in West Point, N.Y. Lafayette had a chance to tie, but forward Seth Hinrichs, who led the Leopards with 19 points, missed an open 3-pointer with one second left. Center Kevin Ferguson added 17 points and four blocked shots and forward Tanner Plomb made a key 3-pointer with less than three minutes left as Army (14-15, 10-8 Patriot League) completed a season sweep of Lafayette and gained a needed boost heading into the conference tournament. The Black Knights, who had lost five of their previous six games, will play Wednesday at Bucknell (16-13, 11-7) in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The red-hot Bison completed their season Saturday with their sixth straight win, 56-51 at American. Lafayette (10-19, 6-12) got big contributions off the bench from forward Dan Trist, who scored 17 points, and guard Joey Ptasinski, who had 16 points and four assists. The Leopards finished tied for ninth in the league and will play on the road in the opening round of the conference tournament on Monday night. After going on an 11-point run midway through the first half, Army never surrendered the lead. But after trailing by seven points with eight minutes left, Lafayette rallied, cutting the lead to two points on three occasions. Army, however, remained efficient on offense in the closing minutes. Sophomore guard Dylan Cox had 11 points and five assists for Army, and freshman forward Tanner Omlid hit all three of his 3-point attempts on his way to 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Army hit 57.9 percent of its shots (33 of 57), including 10 of 18 from beyond the arc. Wilson hit 4 of 6 3-point attempts. It is the second straight year that coach Zach Spiker has guided Army to a winning record in the Patriot League. In the Black Knights' first 22 years in the conference under four coaches, they never had a winning record. Last year, Spiker led Army to its first overall winning season (16-15) since 1984-85. On Saturday, the young Black Knights honored the lone senior on their 23-player roster, guard Josh Herbeck, who is fifth on the program's career 3-point list, with 197.