Tony Wroblicky recorded his first career double-double to lead the American University men's basketball team past Lehigh, 71-62, to remain a perfect 10-0 at home. The Eagles never trailed in the second half and are now in sole possession of second place in the Patriot League.
Wroblicky tallied a career-high 18 points and 17 rebounds, getting the double-double in the first half with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore shot 8-of-13 from the field and also picked up four blocks. Troy Brewer, Charles Hinkle and Daniel Munoz all scored in double-digits as well for the Eagles with 17, 14 and 11 points respectively.
"At various times it didn't really look like it was our night but to give credit to our kids they really battled and refused to give up," said Head Coach Jeff Jones following the game. "Our guys bounced back and [Tony Wroblicky] had a great game and played with a lot of confidence. He really struggled in the first minute or two of the game but after that took it and responded with a great deal of energy."
Lehigh (18-7, 6-3) went on a 13-0 run early with 11 straight points from C.J. McCollum to take the 21-10 lead at 12:07. American (16-8, 7-2) called a timeout and came out of the break with a 14-4 run punctuated by a deep three from Brewer and forcing Lehigh to call a timeout of their own with 8:03 left in the first half.
McCollum ended the run with a lay-up, but a three from Hinkle tied it at 29 apiece with 4:55 left to play. Wroblicky got the Eagles rolling with six straight points to give American a 37-34 lead with 2:03 remaining. McCollum hit a fade away jumper to cut the lead to one but Hinkle hit his third three of the game for the 40-36 lead at the end of the first half.
Wroblicky recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half with Hinkle adding 11. American shot 54.8 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from beyond the arc. McCollum led the Mountain Hawks with 13 first half points as they shot 50.0 percent from the field and three-point range.
Munoz opened the half with an early three but McCollum answered with one of his own and a fade away jumper to cut American's lead to 43-41 at 17:41. Brewer came up with a huge stop on the junior and hit a three to put the Eagles back up by five but McCollum converted on a three-point play to tie it at 46 with 14:19 remaining.
American went on a 10-2 run to take the 56-48 lead with 9:15 left to play. Lehigh cut it to a four-point game after back-to-back buckets from McCollum and Holden Greiner before Brewer and Wroblicky answered with consecutive baskets of their own for the 62-54 lead at 1:46. American converted on 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch, with Brewer adding a steal and dunk with just 6.4 seconds remaining. McCollum ended the game with a three but it wasn't enough as the Eagles picked up the 71-62 win.
American held Lehigh to 38.1 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Eagles held a 44-27 advantage in rebounds. McCollum had a game-high 30 points on 11-of-29 shooting from the field with nine rebounds.
The win extends American's home record to a perfect 10-0 on the season, which is the most since the 2008-09 season when the Eagles won 12 straight at home.
American will travel to Holy Cross on Saturday, February 11 to take on the Crusaders at 2 p.m. The team will return home on Wednesday, February 15 against Navy at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for Wednesday's game and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX. Both games will also be broadcast live on Patriot League All-Access.