Men's Basketball to Host Mount St. Mary's Wednesday

Simon McCormack
Simon McCormack

Media Information
American (0-2) vs. Mount St. Mary's (0-1)
Date and Location: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 7:30 p.m. - Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Radio: Federal News Radio 1500/820AM - Dan Laing (Play-By-Play), Jeremy Huber (Analyst)
Web: Eagles Vision TV
Game Notes

The American University men's basketball team will take on Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the second game of a five-game homestand in Bender Arena. The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Wednesday night will receive a free autographed team photo courtesty of TEAM AU Corporate Partner Ameritel Corporation. American owns a 31-26 mark in the all-time series with The Mount with a 13-5 record at home. Mount St. Mary's, however, took last season's meeting against the Eagles in Bender Arena, 57-52.

American has dropped two tough games to start this season, losing 65-61 at St. Francis (Pa.) in the opener and 51-50 to Albany on Monday at home. The Eagles have held the lead at halftime of both these games but have failed to close out the games late.

Despite the unfavorable results, American has recieved strong play from several of its student-athletes. Sophomore Stephen Lumpkins is currently averaging a team-high 11.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg while classmate Riley Grafft has notched 10.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Sophomore Simon McCormack has provided 9.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg off the bench and junior Nick Hendra has chipped in 6.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

The Eagles' freshman class has also stepped up in the early stages of the season as Daniel Munoz, Blake Jolivette, Daniel Fisher and Mike Bersch have all contributed. Munoz has received the start at point guard in both games, averaging 6.5 ppg and 2.0 apg. Off the bench, Jolivette has added 6.0 ppg in 13.5 minutes while Fisher has seen action in both games. Bersch made his debut on Monday night, playing 13 minutes and scoring two points.

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