WASHINGTON, D.C. - American University built a 17-point halftime lead, shooting 73.7 percent from the field in the first half, and the Eagles shot 60 percent overall to defeat visiting Loyola University Maryland, 64-49, Wednesday night in Patriot League action.
The Greyhounds (9-13 overall, 5-6 Patriot League) scored just one point during a stretch of more than six minutes in the game's first 10 minutes, and the Eagles (13-10, 6-5) pulled out to a 18-4 lead when Jesse Reed converted a traditional 3-point play with 12:11 left in the period.
Reed scored 11 of his team-high 17 points in the first half, while Charlie Jones tallied all but two of his 12 in the opening 20 minutes.
Loyola held American without a point for the first 5:45 of the second half, trimming its deficit to nine, 42-33, on a Nick Gorski turnaround basket at 14:32. Jones, however, scored to break the 8-0 Greyhounds run, and Loyola trailed by double digits the remainder of the game.
In addition to their shooting from the field, the Eagles had a 23-9 advantage in free throw attempts, making 19 from the charity stripe. John Schoof converted on 7-of-8 and had 15 points for the Eagles.
Loyola did hold a 27-22 lead in rebounds with Franz Rassman grabbing a team-high six.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for their next game, a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday, Feb. 7, against Lehigh University.