Charles Hinkle posted a career-high 31 points to lead the American University men's basketball team to their third consecutive win as they defeated Quinnipiac, 74-73, in Bender Arena on Tuesday night.
Hinkle, who is averaging a league-best 24.8 ppg, hit a three in the final 41.1 seconds of the game to put American on top, 73-72, and help the Eagles hold off a Quinnipiac comeback. The senior was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 15-of-19 from the foul line, also posting four rebounds and two steals.
Tony Wroblicky led the Eagles with six boards, also adding six points and two blocks. John Schoof had nine points for American and was 6-of-6 from the foul line. He also added two rebounds and one steal. American (3-2) was 60.0 percent from beyond the arc and 37.0 percent from the field. The Eagles were also 34-of-48 from the free throw line, shooting 70.8 percent.
Quinnipiac (2-2) opened the game on a 7-0 run before Schoof hit a 3 to put the Eagles on the board. The Bobcats led by as many as eight after a dunk by Nate Gause, 26-18, with 5:45 remaining in the first half. A pair of free throws by Simon McCormack with 3:06 to play gave American their first lead of the game, before Quinnipiac went on a 9-2 run to end the half, 37-31.
American shot 70.4 percent from the line in the first half and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, as the Bobcats shot 42.4 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from the foul line. Hinkle led all scorers in the first half with 14 points as Ike Azotam posted six rebounds to lead both teams. McCormack led the Eagles with four rebounds in the first half.
A pair of Schoof free throws opened the half for the Eagles, 37-33, and a Hinkle three would bring the Eagles within one, 37-36, with 17:59 left to play. The teams traded jumpers and free throws before James Johnson was able to put the Bobcats up by three, 45-42, at the 15-minute mark.
Neither team would be able to hold on to the advantage. The score was tied seven times in the next 10 minutes of the game. Brewer was able to put the Eagles up two, 66-64, with 4:28 remaining, but the Bobcats were able to take the lead once again, 69-68, with four straight points by Ike Azotam at 1:45.
Quinnipiac was able to tie it at 73 with Johnson going 1-for-2 from the line after Hinkle's 3-pointer to put the Eagles up, 73-72. Johnson fouled Blake Jolivette with 7.9 seconds on the clock and the junior was able to go 1-for-2 to give the Eagles the 74-73 lead. The Bobcats looked to push it down the court as the clock was winding down, but Schoof was able to come up with a steal under the net as time expired for American's third straight win.
The Eagles shot 80.0 percent from beyond the arc in the second half and 46.2 percent from the field. Quinnipiac out-rebounded the Eagles by a 45-25 margin.
"It was a really hard game to play, there were so many fouls," said Head Coach Jeff Jones after the game. "We knew if we could get some stops, do a good job on the boards and be a little bit more efficient on the offensive end...then we could give ourselves a chance to win. We gutted it out. This was a really good win."
American will travel to Cornell on Sunday, November 27 where they will look to get their second win over an Ivy League opponent, after defeating Columbia, 66-58, last Saturday. Tip-off will be at 3 p.m. The team will return to Bender Arena on Tuesday, November 29 when they take on Howard at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the game, and you can order them by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet and Eagles Vision TV.