WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Lehigh won for the seventh time in its last eight games with a harder-than-it-looked 85-76 Patriot League victory over Army on Sunday at Army's Christl Arena.
Lehigh improved to 16-5 overall and 6-1 in the Patriot League, the Mountain' Hawks best start in the Patriot since beginning 11-1 in the league during the 2005-06 season.
Army fell to 10-12 overall and 3-4 in the Patriot.
Lehigh, which beat Army for the fourth-straight time, was led by Mackey McKnight, who scored a game-high 21 points. Gabe Knutson had 18, Anthony D'Orazio added 15 points and nine rebounds, Holden Greiner scored 11 and B.J. Bailey had 10 for Lehigh.
Army, which started five freshmen, was led by freshman Kyle Toth, who scored 20. Ella Ellis, who came off the bench, scored 14 before fouling out. Kyle Wilson had 12 points and Larry Toomey added 11.
The Mountain Hawks made 18 of their first 25 shots and hit five of their first eight from 3-point range in building a 47-31 lead by halftime.
Lehigh led by as much as 47-25 on two free throws by Knutson with 1:47 left in the half. The Mountain Hawks scored 13 points off of seven Army turnovers in the first half.
Army, which never led, had whittled the Lehigh lead down to 74-69 on Toth's 3-pointer with 1:59 left in the game. But McKnight's two free throws with 1:12 left gave Lehigh some needed cushion.