American men's basketball went toe-to-toe with Saint Joseph's in their home gym on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, leading late into the first half, but the Hawks hit 13 field goals in the second period, including seven 3-pointers to take an eventual 74-55 victory.
Despite the Eagles (2-4) out-rebounding the Hawks (4-1), turning the ball over just eight times and missing only one free throw on the night (11-of-12), Saint Joseph's was able to rely on its shooting, hitting 54.3 percent from the field for the game compared to American's 36.5 percent.
"We did a good job with turnovers, but we didn't shoot well. We had good looks that we didn't make," said head coach Jeff Jones. "Saint Joseph's has good defense down low and we did not match them on the perimeter. They made their shots."
The Eagles had four players with double-figures in scoring, but St. Joe's matched it with four of its own.
Senior Stephen Lumpkins once again led American in scoring with 18 points, going 8-of-8 from the free throw line while adding a team-high seven rebounds. Classmate Daniel Munoz had one of his best games of the season, scoring 10 points and handing out seven assists to just one turnover.
Saint Joseph's had four players with 15-plus points, led by Langston Galloway's 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting including four 3-pointers. Both Carl Jones and C.J. Aiken had 16 points. Chris Wilson finished with 15 and eight assists.
American led with just over two minutes left in the first half, 28-24, forcing at St. Joe's timeout. The Hawks regrouped after the break however, using an 8-0 run to close out the half and take a 32-28 lead to start the second.
St. Joe's opened the second half on a 10-4 run, taking an 11-point lead at 45-35. After John Schoof hit a 3-pointer at 14:26 to make it nine-point game at 48-39, the Eagles went over six minutes without a field goal before Schoof was able to knock down two more shoot from long range. However, by then the Hawks held a 59-44 advantage.
Schoof finished the game 4-of-5 from downtown for 12 points and added two steals. He has now made eight 3-pointers in his last two games.
American returns to the friendly confines of Bender Arena this Saturday, December 1, when they host St. Francis (Pa.) at Noon, in a game aired live on Comcast SportsNet.