Teams: American (2-2) vs. Quinnipiac (2-1)
Date and Location: Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 p.m. – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Radio: Federal News Radio (1500 AM) – Dan Laing (Play-By-Play), Jeremy Huber (Analyst)
Web: Eagles Vision TV
The American University men's basketball team will look for its third straight win when they take on Quinnipiac on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles defeated Columbia on Saturday night, 66-58, and had three players score in double-digits.
Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week Charles Hinkle leads the Eagles this season and is ranked ninth in the country and first in the Patriot League with 23.3 ppg. He also ranks eighth in the country in total scoring (93). The senior has scored at least 20 points in each of the Eagles' four games, including a career-high 27 against Florida Atlantic. Hinkle also leads the Patriot League with 2.5 made three pt. field goals per game. Hinkle has led the Eagles and all scorers in each of the last three games.
Tony Wroblicky is also ranked nationally with 2.75 bpg (35th), which is also best in the Patriot League this season. Wroblicky is also tied for first in the conference with 2.8 offensive boards per game.
Hinkle led all scorers with 21 points in American's game against Columbia, shooting 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, and also adding a team-high seven rebounds. Daniel Munoz recorded 14 points for the Eagles, with a team-best five assists, as Troy Brewer added 13 points with three steals. American shot 48.0 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from three-point range for the game.
Brewer led the Eagles with nine points in the first half as the team shot 39.3 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from three-point range. Brian Barbour led all scorers with 12 points in the first half as the Lions shot 50.0 percent from the field.
With 4:02 remaining in the game, Blake Jolivette was able to tie it with a lay-up, 53-53, and the Eagles took the lead as Hinkle made a pair of free throws, 55-53. Munoz hit two straight shots to give American the 59-53 advantage with 2:37 to play. Meiko Lyles hit a three for the Lions with 13.4 remaining, 65-58, but American was able to hold on for the 66-58 victory.
Columbia shot 47.9 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Lions held the 30-26 advantage in rebounds and 12-10 advantage in steals.
Tonight's meeting will be the first-ever between American and Quinnipiac. The Bobcats are 2-1 so far this season, recording wins over Yale, 68-62, and fellow Patriot League member Navy, 78-54. Tonight's contest will be the Bobcats' first road game of the season.
Quinnipiac is led by senior guard James Johnson, who is averaging 21.5 ppg and shooting 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. Johnson has also recorded 5.0 rpg and 3.5 apg. Ike Azotam leads the team with 14.0 rpg and has posted five blocks this season. The sophomore is also averaging 16.3 ppg on 56.2 percent shooting from the field.