Men’s Basketball Back at Bender to Face Columbia in Sunday Afternoon Tilt
Teams: American (4-5) vs. Columbia (4-4)
Series: Seventh meeting, American leads 4-2
Last Meeting: W, 68-58 - New York, N.Y. (November 19, 2011)
Date and Location: Sunday, December 9, 2 p.m. – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Web: Eagle Vision TV - Dan Laing (Play-By-Play), Jeremy Huber (Analyst)
After playing four of its past five games on the road, American returns home to Bender Arena to take on the Columbia Lions on Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m. The game will be streamed live through Eagles Vision TV, available exclusively on AUEagles.tv.
The Eagles and Lions will square off for the sixth-straight year. American won last year's matchup in New York City, 68-58, on November 19, and own a 4-2 series advantage.
Head coach Jeff Jones and his squad are coming off of a dramatic, 73-70, double overtime victory at UMBC on Thursday night. Sophomore John Schoof helped lead the way with a 19 points including some clutch moments in the extra frames, including an important drawn charge in the first OT and four free throws at the conclusion of the second.
Schoof ranks first in the Patriot League with a perfect free throw percentage (20-of-20) and is second in the conference with a .529 3-point percentage (18-of-34). The second-year sharpshooter played every minute of the double-OT barn-burner.
Senior Stephen Lumpkins is the team's leading scorer and rebounder and ranks among the league's best in several categories. His is sixth in points (15.6 ppg), third in boards (7.6), fourth in blocks (1.3 bpg), fifth in field goal percentage (.532) and ninth in steals (). He is coming off his second double-double of the season at UMBC.
Fourth-year point Daniel Munoz was responsible for helping AU to OT at UMBC hitting a jumper with just 30 seconds left to tie of the game. Munoz is second on the team with 10.6 ppg and ranks four in the Patriot League in assists (3.8 apg) and third in 3-point percentage (.500).
Scouting the Opponent
• Columbia is 4-4 on the year, defeating Furman, Haverford, Villanova and Wayland Baptist, with losses to Marist, San Francisco, LIU and most recently Bucknell.
• The Lions are led by senior guard Brian Barbour who averages a team-high 13.5 ppg and a squad-best 4.5 apg. He also paces Columbia with 40 made free throws and 15 steals.
• Three other Lions are scoring in double figures so far this season - Alex Rosenberg (11.3), Grant Mullins (11.1) and Mark Cisco (10.4).
• Cisco and Rosenberg anchor the team down low as they average 5.6 and 5.0 rpg, respectively.
• Head coach Kyle Smith is in his third year with Lions, leading them to 15 wins in each season.