CHARLESTON, S.C. - Senior forward Ella Ellis scored 19 points, including 13 in the first half, to lead the Army men's basketball team to an 80-74 victory against VMI in the consolation game of the Army ROTC All-Military Classic. The win evened the Black Knights' record at 1-1, while the Keydets dropped to 0-2.
Ellis was one of two Army players in double figures. Junior guard Josh Herbeck added 11 points. Freshman guard Matt Gramling dished out four assists and tied for the team lead with five rebounds.
Army shot 48.3 percent overall, but was just 6-for-24 (.250) from three-point range. The Black Knights' defense limited VMI to just 32.1 shooting for the game.
VMI's Stan Okoye led all players with 29 points. Nick Gore added 14 points, while Phillip Anglade grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Black Knights' victory stopped a five-game losing streak dating back to last season and a two-game slide against the Keydets.
Army opens the home portion of its 2012-13 docket on Friday, Nov. 16 against Binghamton. Tip-off at Christl Arena is set for 4 p.m.