American University improved to 1-1 on the young season Monday night in Hamden, Conn., defeating Quinnipiac (1-1), 61-55, at TD Bank Sports Center. Three Eagles finished with double-digits in scoring as senior Stephen Lumpkins led the way with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
"We played a good team game tonight and it's good to come away with the victory," said head coach Jeff Jones. "We had some strong individual performances and made free throws down the stretch. There are positives from this game that we can take into our home-opener later this week."
The Eagles shot well from the field, going 21-of-40 as a team while also converting on 13-of-16 free throws and 6-of-11 3-pointers.
Quinnipiac shot 43.4 percent, but only converted 6-of-17 free throws.
It was a one-point game late in the contest with American leading 56-55, but the Eagles clutch free throw shooting sealed the victory. Lumpkins converted two from the charity stripe, followed by two more from center Tony Wroblicky and a final free throw from sophomore Austin Carroll.
The Bobcats led to start the game, holding a 5-2 advantage at 17:37 in the first half, but American came back to take a 7-6 lead on sophomore Kyle Kager's first career 3-pointer and did not look back, never trailing for rest of the game.
Trailing 29-28 at the half, Quinnipiac regrouped and tied the game at 32-all.
It was Lumpkins who had the answer as his lay-in on the next possession gave the Eagles a lead they would never relinquish.
Lumpkins' performance was aided by the strong play of Wroblicky and senior guard Daniel Munoz. Wroblicky finished with 13 points, four rebounds and a steal, while Munoz filled the stat sheet with 13 points of his own in addition to three 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
The Bobcats had two players in double-digit scoring. Ike Azotam posted 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds while Dave Johnson also netted 11 and a game-high 7 assists.
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