The American University men's basketball team lost to Army on Wednesday night, 68-48, in West Point, N.Y. Vlad Moldoveanu led all scorers with a game-high 22 points but it was not enough as the Black Knights finished the evening shooting 54.0 percent from the field.
American fell behind 7-3 to open the game as Jeremy Hence scored five straight points to spark a 7-0 Army run. The Black Knights extended their lead to 11-6 on back-to-back Eric Zastoupil layups before Moldoveanu hit a three-pointer in transition to make it an 11-9 game. Moldoveanu's triple was answered by a 9-0 Army stretch as the Black Knights extended their advantage to 20-9 with 5:53 remaining.
Steve Luptak ended American's drought with a three-pointer from the left corner but Army responded with a pair of three's to push the score to 26-12. The Black Knights led by as many as 14 points in the frame, 28-14, and took a 29-17 advantage into the intermission.
American struggled from the floor in the opening period, connecting on just 5-of-21 attempts. The Eagles' first four baskets all came from beyond the arc as the team went 18-plus minutes without a two-point field goal. Moldoveanu tallied a team-high eight points in the first half with two rebounds while Nick Hendra chipped in four points and three rebounds. Army was led by Josh Miller's eight points as the Black Knights shot 44.4 percent from the field and hit 4-of-7 shots from three.
Chris Walker scored on three consecutive trips down the court to help Army build a 39-21 lead less than three minutes into the second half. Army would later go on a 15-2 run and pushed its lead to 54-25 with 12:12 to play.
Stephen Lumpkins scored five straight American points and was followed by a pair of Moldoveanu free throws to move the score to 57-37 but it was as close as the Eagles would get. The teams traded baskets down the stretch until the final buzzer sounded the 68-48 Army victory.
Moldoveanu scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor. The junior tallied 14 points in the second half and hit 6-of-8 shots in the frame. Luptak chipped in eight points with two rebounds and Lumpkins added seven points and a team-high seven boards.
The Eagles connected on 12-of-18 shots in the second half and finished the evening shooting 43.6 percent. American also held a slight 26-23 rebounding advantage but committed 19 turnovers to Army's 7, resulting in a 27-6 edge for the Black Knights in points off turnovers. As a team, Army shot 54.0 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from three. Miller led the Black Knights with 15 points while Walker notched 14 and Hence added 11.
American will return to action on Saturday, January 23, at home in Bender Arena against Holy Cross in the team's annual ‘Phil Bender' game live on RCN Cable. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets to Saturday's game by calling (202) 885-TIXX or by clicking here.