Men's Basketball Defeats Brown in Final Non-Conference Game

Men's Basketball Defeats Brown in Final Non-Conference Game

The American University men's basketball team bounced back from a loss at Mount St. Mary's with a 70-61 victory over Brown in its final non-conference game of the season. Charles Hinkle led the team on both ends of the floor posting a game-high 25 points and team-high seven rebounds.

Hinkle was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line in the game. Blake Jolivette and Daniel Munoz each notched 10 points. Munoz added a team-high seven assists.

"It feels very nice to get back in the win column again" said Head Coach Jeff Jones following the game. "There were times during the game when I thought we played extremely well. I thought Daniel and Charles were really ready to play and had outstanding games."

Hinkle scored 12 of the Eagles' first 15 points highlighted by a rare four-point play as American took a 10-point lead just seven minutes into the first half. The Eagles continued to roll as Hinkle, Troy Brewer and Riley Grafft added buckets to put the Eagles up 23-10 with 8:46 left to play in the half.

American (9-6) and Brown (5-10) traded scores over the next four minutes before Grafft hit a jumper for a 15-point advantage at 2:39, 33-18. Jean Harris scored five straight points for the Bears to cut the lead to 10, but Jolivette hit a pair of free throws as the Eagles went up 35-23 with 1:19 remaining. Harris added another three in the final minute as American went into the half with the 35-26 lead.

Hinkle led the Eagles with 16 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Brewer and Grafft each had three rebounds and Munoz dished out six assists. American shot 63.6 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range in the first half. Brown shot 37.9 percent from the field led by Harris' team-high 11 points.

American opened the second half with a 12-0 run and went up by as many as 21 before the Bears were able to get on the board at 15:19, 47-29.

A 9-2 run by Brown cut American's lead to 57-46. The Bears got it down to a single-digit deficit, 59-50, the first since the end of the first half, off a McCarthy lay-up with 4:07 left in the game. A three from Stephen Albrecht cut it to 59-55 with 1:50 remaining but the Eagles converted on nine of 10 free throws down the strech to hold on. American snapped its four-game losing streak with the 70-61 win.

The Eagles shot 55.8 percent from the field in the game and 66.7 percent from three-point range. The Eagles were almost perfect from the charity stripe, going 16-of-17. American outrebounded the Bears by a 30-27 margin. Brown was 41.0 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from three-point range. They were led by McCarthy with 16 points and eight rebounds.

"The catch for us now is to get ready for conference play," said Coach Jones. "Tomorrow starts essentially a new season and I think we're very excited."

The Eagles will return to Bender Arena on January 7 at 2 p.m. as they open Patriot League play against Colgate. Tickets are still available for Saturday's game and can be purchased by clicking here. The game will also be broadcast live on Patriot League All Access.