The American University men's basketball team remained a perfect 9-0 in Bender Arena with a 67-55 victory over the Army Black Knights on Phil Bender Day 2012.
Troy Brewer led the Eagles with 22 points and went 6-of-8 from three-point range while Tony Wroblicky also scored in double-digits with a career-high 12 points. Wroblicky went 5-of-7 from the floor and also posted a team-high nine rebounds. Daniel Munoz tallied six assists and two steals in the game.
"It was really a hard-fought win," said Head Coach Jeff Jones. "That game was decided on the defensive end of the floor... I think we did a terrific job defensively."
The game was tied early before back-to-back jumpers from Blake Jolivette and Munoz put American (13-7, 4-1) up 9-5 with 9:26 to play. A Julian Simmons three cut it to a one-point game but the Eagles went on an 8-0 run started by a Wroblicky three-point play for the 20-10 lead with 3:06 remaining in the first half.
A jumper from Milton Washington stopped American's run, but the Eagles outscored Army (9-11, 2-3) 6-2 in the closing minutes of the first half for the 26-14 lead heading into the break.
Jolivette led the Eagles with eight points in the first half while the team shot 41.7 percent from the floor and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Wroblicky had a team-high six boards in the first. Ella Ellis led the Black Knight with five first half points as Army shot 18.5 percent from the field and hit only one three in the first.
Brewer opened the half with a deep three for the Eagles. Wroblicky added a three-point play after a dish from Munoz for the 34-18 lead. American started to gain momentum as Munoz added a steal on the other end and passed it to Brewer for the easy lay-up. The Eagles continued to dominate both sides of the floor as Riley Grafft added a block then Munoz hit a three off a Grafft offensive rebound for the 41-25 lead at 12:14, forcing Army to call a timeout.
The Black Knights came out of the break with a Josh Herbeck three but Munoz answered with one of his own, 44-28. The Eagles went on a 14-2 run and back-to-back three's from Brewer caused Army to take another timeout as American went up 64-40 with 3:49 to play. Army hit five three's in the closing minutes of the second half and went on a 15-3 run, but it wasn't enough as American held on for the 67-55 win.
The Eagles shot 47.2 percent from the field and 50.0 perfect from three-point range. The team also went 8-of-10 from the foul line. American outrebounded Army by a 37-29 margin in the game and improved to a perfect 13-0 against Army when playing at home.
Army was held to a 35.3 percent field goal percentage and went 11-of-24 from beyond the arc, hitting 10 three's in the second half. The Black Knight also shot 61.5 percent from the foul line. Simmons had a team-high 18 points for Army and shot 6-of-10 from three-point range. Washington led the Black Knights on the defensive end with seven rebounds.
The Eagles will open a three-game road trip on Wednesday, January 25 when they travel to Bucknell to take on the undefeated Bison at 7 p.m. American will return to Bender Arena on February 9 when they host Lehigh at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX. All of the Eagles' upcoming games will be broadcast live on Patriot League All-Access.