The American University men's basketball team will travel to Villanova to take on the Wildcats at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion. The two teams last met during the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia. The Eagles almost walked away with the upset in the game after taking a 41-31 lead at the half, before Villanova came back for the 80-67 win.
In their last game against No. 16/17 Georgetown, the Eagles trailed by six at the end of the first half, but were unable to make a comeback as the team lost 81-55 on Saturday. Charles Hinkle led American with 16 points as John Schoof added 12. Riley Grafft had a team-high four boards. Daniel Munoz recorded four assists and two steals, as Schoof also notched two steals.
American (8-4) was able to answer Georgetown shot for shot to open the game, with a Schoof three putting the Eagles up by one with 12:11 to play, 10-9. Two straight three-pointers from Markel Starks gave the Hoyas the five-point lead before a Schoof lay-up brought American back within three at 10:40, 15-12. A Greg Whittington three would take the Hoyas' lead to eight, but Schoof added a pair of free throws and Simon McCormack hit a lay-up at the buzzer as Georgetown (9-1) took a 32-26 lead into the half.
Schoof opened the scoring in the second half with a pull-up jumper, but Georgetown went on a 21-8 run over the next six minutes of play for the 56-39 lead with 11:16 to play. McCormack's lay-up and a three-pointer by Mike Bersch cut Georgetown's lead to 70-49 with 4:08 left. But the Eagles were unable to make a comeback as Hinkle hit a late three late in the game for the 81-55 final score.
American shot 40.7 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the line in the game, while the Hoyas shot 58.8 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the foul line. Starks led Georgetown with 18 points and Otto Porter had a team-high 10 rebounds.
Villanova leads the all-time series against American, 8-0, and are 3-0 when playing at home. The team holds an overall record of 6-5 this season. In their last game against St. Joseph's, the Wildcats were down by three at the half, 30-27, but were unable to complete a comeback as the Hawks walked away with the 74-58 victory. Maalik Wayns led Villanova with 19 points as Markus Kennedy had a team-high seven rebounds in the loss. Wayns leads the Wildcats with 17.9 ppg this season. Mouphtaou Yarou has recorded 8.4 rpg.
The game will be broadcast live on Philadelphia's ESPN950 and Nova Nation All-Access.
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