Shots were falling in Bender Arena on Monday night as American University men's basketball team faced West Coast Conference opponent San Francisco. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the game but USF outscored the Eagles by 12 in the second half to earn a 67-53 victory.
"Really give credit to San Francisco. I thought they were the aggressor and wore us down with their defensive pressure," said head coach Jeff Jones. "We hit shots in the first half, but in order for us to beat a quality team like USF we must be more consistent."
American (2-2) was led by senior guard Daniel Munoz, who played a career-high 40 minutes and tied a career-best mark with 16 points to go along with four assists and two rebounds. Munoz was 7-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from downtown.
USF's (2-1) duo of Cole Dickerson and De'End Parker combined for 39 points on 16-of-22 shooting to help the Dons to the win. Dickerson also added seven boards as the Dons out-rebounded the Eagles 28-19.
POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH JEFF JONES
San Francisco opened up a 14-5 lead to start the game, but American went on a 15-4 run of its own, pulling ahead on a 3-pointer by sophomore Austin Carroll.
USF was able to retake the lead at 7:47 on a trey by Parker and then extended its advantage to five at 31-26 on a lay-in by Mark Tollefsen. The Eagles ended the half with 5-2 spurt however, and closed within two of the Dons at the break.
Both teams shot over fifty percent from the field in the first period with USF at 52.0 (13-of-25) and American at 61.9 (13-of-21).
The Dons started the second half just as they did the first, opening up a large lead with a 16-4 run, capped by a Parker 3-pointer which forced an American timeout at 13:06.
Sophomore John Schoof drilled a trey of his own out of the break which started an 8-4 run by the Eagles, cutting the lead to just nine at 10:12 on a jumper by Munoz.
From there it was all Dons as Cole Dickerson knocked down one of his two 3-pointers at 7:10 to push USF a 60-44 lead.
Munoz was able to make two lay-ups late, but the Eagles could not make up the deficit.
American hits the road this Saturday, November 25, with a matchup against the Florida Atlantic Owls.