It took 50 minutes at RAC Arena on Thursday night, all of them played by sophomore John Schoof, but American men's basketball left Baltimore winners, downing UMBC, 73-70, in double overtime. Schoof finished with 19 points, making clutch plays down the stretch including four free throws in the final frame.
"This was a big win. I am really excited for the guys. At the defensive end we really battled," said head coach Jeff Jones. "John Schoof is a man. There is no question he has a broken nose as it is smashed all over his face, but he made tough, hard-nosed plays and he didn't blink or even act like it hurt, executing when we needed him to."
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Senior Daniel Munoz joined Schoof with 19 points in the game on 8-of-16 shooting, including three 3-pointers, three rounds and two assists, playing 48 minutes. Senior Stephen Lumpkins was double-teamed constantly for the second-straight game, but played 45 minutes and finished with a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds).
Despite Lumpkins, the Eagles leading scorer this season, being held off the scoreboard in the first half, American (4-5) were able to outscore the UMBC (2-7) thanks large in part to 12 first half points from Munoz, including two 3-pointers.
The Retrievers began to find their groove in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the floor (13-26) and tied up the game with 2:26 to play after two free throws with bonus in their favor. UMBC followed with an alley-oop to Brett Roseboro to go ahead with 1:24 left.
When the Eagles needed a basket the most, they turned to Munoz, who drove the lane for they lay-up and a tie game with just 30 ticks remaining.
Both team's had 3-point looks to end regulation, but neither would fall.
UMBC struck first in OT, but a 3-pointer by Schoof and then two free throws by the second-year sharpshooter put American up by three. The Retrievers turned to Chase Plummer late in the game and he rewarded them, hitting a jumper and a free throw to force a second overtime frame.
American trailed with just over two minutes left in final stanza, but Schoof knocked down two freebies to put the Eagles up 71-70, before knocking down two more with just 10 seconds left to seal the barn-burner for American.
AU's stretch of three games in six days continues on Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m., when they face Columbia at Bender Arena.