Men's Basketball Opens 2009-10 Season Friday at St. Francis (Pa.)

Men's Basketball Opens 2009-10 Season Friday at St. Francis (Pa.)

Media Information
Teams: American (0-0) at St. Francis (Pa.) (0-0)
Date and Location: Friday, November 13, 2009 , 7:00 p.m. - DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pa.
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Game Notes

The American University men’s basketball team will open its 2009-10 season on Friday, November 13, against St. Francis in Loretto, Pa. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. American owns an 8-3 record in its all-time series with St. Francis and has won each of the last five meetings between the teams. Fans unnable to attend the game in person can watch all of the action live for free by clicking here.

The Eagles will take on a different look this season after the loss of seven student-athletes this spring to graduation. Sophomore forward Stephen Lumpkins and junior guard Nick Hendra will immediately step into lead roles offensively, and will be complimented by a talented group of youngsters. Lumpkins had a solid freshman campaign in 2008-09, averaging 3.4 ppoints and 2.6 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game. This season, Lumpkins will be the featured element in American’s offense. Hendra, meanwhile, is the team’s leading returning scorer (6.3 ppg) and rebounder (4.4 rpg) and will be looked at to provide steady offensive production throughout the season. The Eagles will get a boost midway through the year when junior Vlad Moldoveanu becomes eligible on December 16 at DePaul after transferring from George Mason midway through last season. The 6’9” forward possesses the ability to shoot from the outside and also has the size and strength to be effective in the post.

Joining Hendra in the backcourt will be senior Matthew Wilson, junior Steve Luptak and sophomores Joe Hill and Simon McCormack. Sophomore forward Riley Grafft will join Lumpkins and Moldoveanu in the frontcourt. American has also added seven freshman to this season’s squad who will each compete for playing time immediately.

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