Men’s Basketball Travels to Philadelphia for Showdown with Saint Joseph’s
Teams: American (2-3) vs. Saint Joseph's (3-1)
Series: 22nd meeting; Saint Joseph's leads 16-5
Last Meeting: W, 66-60 – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2011)
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m.
Location: Philadelphia, Pa., Hagan Arena
The American University men's basketball team continues its two-game road swing this Wednesday, November 28, with a 7 p.m., showdown with Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia, Pa. The Eagles are in a challenging portion of their schedule, playing seven of nine games away from Bender arena to close out the 2012 portion of this year's schedule.
Head coach Jeff Jones and the Eagles suffered a tough road loss this past Saturday, November 24, at Florida Atlantic, falling 58-55. American led late, but a 3-pointer by FAU's Stefan Moody with just 14 seconds remaining gave the Owls a one-point lead and the eventual victory as senior Daniel Munoz's 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.
Munoz has been an iron-man for the Eagles as of late, playing 40 minutes in each of the past two games. The fourth-year point guard leads the squad in assists (3.2) and is second on the team in scoring (9.0). Munoz also leads the Patriot League in free throw shooting. Both he and sophomore John Schoof are a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripe. Schoof also ranks second in the league in 3-point percentage (.538).
Senior forward Stephen Lumpkins continues to roll and shows no rust after missing the 2011-12 season. Lumpkins was a 13th round selection in the MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals and spent last year in their developmental system. "Lump" leads American in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (7.2) and is sixth and third in those categories among Patriot League players, respectively. Lumpkins also leads the conference in field goal percentage (.600), shooting 27-of-45 from the field.
Lumpkins' 17 points against FAU pushed his career total to 1,007. He is the 29th player in program history to reach the 1,000 points scored plateau. His 633 career rebounds rank 18th all-time at American.
American continues to shoot the ball well from the field, ranking third in the Patriot League in field goal percentage (.446) and 3-point percentage (.431).
The Eagles return to Bender Arena this Saturday, December 1, at Noon, as they take on the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash.
Cheer the men's basketball team to victory over St. Joseph's University on November 28th in Philadelphia!
Meet up with fellow AU fans before the game for a complimentary, pre-game reception at the Haub School of Business, Mandeville Dining Room, ocated at 5600 City Line Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. The reception begins at 5 p.m., with the game starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the game are $25 per person for Eagles Club members and $30 per person for non-members. Call 202-885-3025 to register and receive more information.
Scouting the Opponent
• Saint Joseph's is 3-1 on the young season, with some impressive victories on its resume. The Hawks are coming off a 75-56 win over reigning Ivy League champion, Harvard and beat Yale to open the season, 61-35. Saint Joe's also knocked off Notre Dame, 79-70, in overtime and had a close lose to Florida State, 73-66, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
• Senior guard Carl Jones, who missed the first two games of the season, is back in the Hawk rotation leads the squad with 18.5 ppg. Jones was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference Honorable Mention selection last year.
• Junior forward Ronald Roberts is averaging a double-double over four games, leading the team in rebounds at 10.8 rpg while ranking second on the squad with 13.5 ppg.
• Three other Saint Joseph's starters are averaging double figures in points - Langston Galloway (12.3 ppg), C.J. Aiken (10.5 ppg) and Halil Kanacevic (10.3 ppg).
• Head coach Phil Martelli, the 2004 Consensus National Coach of the Year, is in his 18th season at the helm of the Hawks and has amassed a 320-223 record in 17 seasons with SJU.