WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Ella Ellis scored 31 points, making all 13 of his free-throw attempts in the second half, as Army rallied to defeat Holy Cross 69-62 Wednesday night for a school-record fifth straight Patriot League win.
The Black Knights (15-13, 8-5) are assured their first non-losing season since 1984-85 (16-13) and first Patriot League winning record. They also beat the Crusaders 80-66 on Jan. 30 for their first sweep of that series.
Army trailed 22-14 at the 7:08 mark, then surged ahead to lead 30-28 at the break.
Holy Cross (11-17, 3-10) regained the lead in the second half. Tied at 44 with 10:33 remaining, Army pulled away as Ellis scored 15 points, including two 3-pointers, in a 6-minute span.
Ellis is the first Army player to surpass 1,500 points since 2002 and his 1,528 points rank sixth all-time.
Dave Dudzinski's 15 points led the Crusaders, who have dropped four straight games.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the Wildcats' upward trajectory suggests 2016-17 could finally be the season it happens.
Dillon Brooks, who led Oregon with 16.7 points per game last season, will opt out of the NBA draft process and return to the Ducks, a source told ESPN.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.