Nov. 20, 2006
Washington, D.C. - American shot 48 free throws, making 38 including 25 in the second half, as the Eagles withstood a furious second-half rally from visiting Loyola to post a 81-74 non-conference victory Monday night at Bender Arena. The win gave American a 3-1 record while the Greyhounds fell to 2-2 on the season, snapping a modest two-game winning streak.
"They [American] are a real good team," Greyhounds third-year coach Jimmy Patsos commented after the game. "We tried to come back in the second half, but we just couldn't get a stop, we couldn't get a steal when we needed it."
After junior forward Michael Tuck threw in a jumper from the lane to give Loyola a 2-0 lead, the Eagles progressively built their first-half lead, eventually taking a 37-21 advantage with 1:49 remaining in the period. American's Andre Ingram did most of the damage as he did not miss a shot, making four three-point attempts and four free throws for 16 points. Tuck finished the half with nine points to lead the Greyhounds.
The lead quickly jumped to 20 in the first 95 seconds after intermission as Paulius Joneliunas finished a three-point play to end a 7-2 run for a 48-28 lead. With 15:29 remaining, American held a 53-33 advantage before the Greyhounds found their shooting touch led by junior guard Gerald Brown. Having scored just seven points to that point, the Baltimore, Md., native poured in 24 the rest of the way to finish with a career-high 31 points. A Brown three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining pulled Loyola within 74-68 before American made seven of its final 10 free throws to keep the Greyhounds at bay.
Brown scored his 31 points in 35 minutes, adding three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Tuck finished with 15 points and a team-high five rebounds in 26 minutes while battling foul trouble. Four other players each scored six points.
The Greyhounds now have a nine-day layoff before finally playing its home opener when it hosts Delaware on November 29 in a game televised live on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. The contest is the first of three straight home games for Loyola, including the conference opener on December 8 when Saint Peter's comes to town to commence league play.