Men’s Basketball Looks to Get Back in Win Column at Florida Atlantic on Saturday
Teams: American (2-2) vs. Florida Atlantic (1-3)
Series: Fifth meeting; American leads, 3-1
Last Meeting: W, 62-56 – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2011)
Date and Location: Saturday, November 24, 1 p.m. – FAU Arena, Boca Raton, Fla.
Radio: Federal News Radio 1050AM - Dan Laing (Play-By-Play)
The American University men's basketball team hits the road on Saturday, November 24, traveling to Boca Raton, Fla., for a matchup with the Florida Atlantic Owls. The game begins a stretch of seven road games in the team's next nine, to close out 2012 portion of the schedule.
The Eagles and FAU have meet four times before with American holding a 3-1 series advantage. Last season, the two squads met at Bender arena with AU earning a 62-56 victory.
The Eagles have been led early this season by a pair of seniors - forward Stephen Lumpkins and guard Daniel Munoz. Lumpkins was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll this past week after helping American to a 2-0 record last week. He leads the Eagle offense in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg). Munoz had a career night in the squads' last game against San Francisco, logging 40 minutes of court time while scoring 16 points. He is second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg) and first in assists (3.0 apg).
American arrives in Boca Raton looking to get back in the win column after a 67-53 loss to the San Francisco Dons on Monday night in Bender Arena. USF was led by UCLA transfer De'End Parker who netted 19 points in the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Size is on the side of the Eagles as head coach Jeff Jones boasts four bigs in his rotation that check in at 6-7 or bigger. Leading the way is junior center Tony Wroblicky, who is 6-10, along with Lumpkins (6-8), senior Daniel Fisher (6-7) and sophomore Kyle Kager (6-8). Three other swingmen in the rotation register at 6-5 or above – sophomore John Schoof (6-5), senior Mike Bersch (6-6) and rookie Jesse Reed (6-5). FAU has just four players in their rotation that are 6-6 or taller.
American make a trip to Philadelphia in its next contest, taking on St. Joseph's on Wednesday, November 26, at 7 p.m., in the month's final game.
Scouting the Opponent
• FAU has had a tough start to the season opening on the road in Chapel Hill where they fell to nationally ranked North Carolina, 80-56.
• The Owls completed play in the Mainland Regional of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, going 1-2, downing Coppin State, 64-61, for their lone victory of the season, while falling to Mississippi State, 78-58, and Elon, 62-59 (OT).
• Saturday's matchup between the Eagles and Owls will be the home-opener for Florida Atlantic.
• FAU is led by Stefan Moody, who paces the squad with 14.0 ppg. Greg Gantt is not far behind with 13.3 ppg as well as team highs in field goals (20-of-54) and 3-pointers (8-of-28). He is second on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg). Jordan McCoy leads the team on the boards with 7.3 rpg.
• Head coach Mike Jarvis is at the helm of the Owls program along with his son and associate head coach Mike Jarvis II. Jarvis had previously served as the head coach of the St. John's Red Storm.