January 18, 2012

Men's Basketball Picks Up Second Straight with 67-60 Win Over Navy

The American University men's basketball team picked up its second straight win over a Patriot League opponent with a 67-60 victory over Navy as Charles Hinkle recorded his second consecutive double-double.

Hinkle posted a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds and went 4-of-6 from three-point range. Daniel Munoz and Troy Brewer each added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Eagles. Munoz also tallied a team-high seven assists.

"We're thrilled with the win," said Head Coach Jeff Jones following the game. "It's really hard to win on the road and its especially hard to win on the road during conference play."

Navy (3-15, 0-4) opened the scoring and went up by as many as three early in the game before American (12-7, 3-1) went on a 9-2 run for the 20-13 lead with 10:38 to play. Brandon Venturini tried to stop American's momentum with a three but Hinkle answered with one of his own to begin another 13-2 run by the Eagles.

Isaiah Roberts added a lay-up to stop the Eagles once again and cut the lead to 33-20 with 2:28 remaining. Brewer added a deep three to keep the Eagles up 38-22 and close out the first half.

Hinkle led the Eagles with 10 points and five rebounds in the first half. Blake Jolivette added nine on 2-of 3 shooting from the field and going a perfect 4-for-4 from the line. American shot 52.2 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc while holding Navy to 37.5 percent from the field and 25.0 from three-point range. J.J. Avila led the Midshipmen with 11 points in the first half.

Navy scored the first points of the second half on a pair of Avila free throws, but a Brewer three started an 11-0 run for the Eagles and forced the Midshipmen to take a timeout. Navy came out of the break with a 12-2 run of their own to cut the Eagles' lead to 51-36 with 10:34 remaining.

The Midshipmen went on another 11-0 run with a Venturini three cutting American's lead to single digits for the first time since the 6:38 mark of the first half. Back-to-back lay-ups from Avila cut it to four, 62-58, but consecutive turnovers by the Midshipmen gave the Eagles back the ball. Munoz hit a pair of clutch free throws with Tony Wroblicky adding one of his own for the 67-60 win.

"Navy stood up and didn't go away," said Coach Jones. "I don't like the way we responded. When you finish a game like that it's tough."

The Eagles shot 51.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from three-point range. American also went 15-of-19 from the charity stripe and outrebounded Navy by a 30-25 margin. The Midshipmen were held to 42.3 percent shooting from the field and 20.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Avila led Navy with 24 points while Worth Smith notched a team-high six rebounds.

American will look to extend its perfect 8-0 record at home when they host Army on Phil Bender Day 2012 on Saturday, January 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX. Fans unable to make it to the game can watch live on Patriot League All-Access.