American University men's basketball tipped off a span of seven road games in their next nine in Boca Raton, Fla., on Saturday afternoon, taking on the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Arena. The Eagles looked to be on the verge of a road victory, but a 3-pointer by FAU's Stefan Moody with 14 seconds left pushed the Owls to an eventual 58-55 win.
In a close contest from start to finish, a layup by senior forward Stephen Lumpkins with 3:43 remaining, retook the lead for American (2-3), 53-52. The Eagles extended their advantage to two after free throws by Daniel Munoz, but FAU's (2-3) Jordan McCoy was able to go 1-of-2 at the line on the next possession to set up Moody's eventual game winner.
"In the end it wasn't just the one shot that made the difference, it is the little things that we do that have a cumulative effect on the game," said head coach Jeff Jones. "This is a painful way to learn that lesson, but hopefully we can learn quickly and value those things that can get neglected."
JEFF JONES POSTGAME INTERVIEW
Even after Moody's 3-pointer and unsuccessful full-court heave on the proceeding inbound play, the Eagles still had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer after two FAU free throws, but Munoz's deep three was just off the mark, hitting the inside of the iron before rimming out.
Both teams shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and it appeared the Owls would take a near 10-point advantage into the break, but sophomore sharpshooter John Schoof hit three 3-pointers in the final 1:42 of the period, including one at the buzzer to bring American within one at the half, 31-30.
The Eagles took their first lead of the game with 4:53 left in the contest on a lay-in by Lumpkins and did not trail again until Moody's late trey.
Lumpkins finished with a team-high 17 points with seven rebounds and two blocks. Tony Wroblicky added 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Munoz played 40 minutes for the second-straight game, tallying four assists in addition to four points and two rebounds.
FAU was led by guard Greg Gantt who knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points.
American returns to the court on Wednesday, November 28, in Philadelphia, versus the St. Joe's Hawks.