Men’s Basketball Returns to the Hardwood at Hampton
Teams: American (4-6) vs. Hampton (1-7)
Date and Location: Tuesday, December 18, 7 p.m. – HU Convocation Center, Hampton, Va.
Series: Second meeting; American leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: W, 74-72 – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C. (December 7, 2011)
Radio: Federal News Radio 1050AM - Dan Laing (Play-By-Play), Jeremy Huber (Commentary)
After hitting the books for final exams this past week, American University men's basketball returns to the court on Tuesday, December 18, at Hampton. The game begins three-straight road contests to end 2012 and is the fifth away game in seven matchups for the Eagles.
American and Hampton square off for just the second time with the Eagles taking the first-ever meeting between the two schools, 74-72, last season at Bender Arena.
Coming off a home loss to Columbia on Sunday, December 9, AU will once again lean on it's "iron-men" as the Eagles look to get back in the win column. Sophomore John Schoof (37.5 mpg) and seniors Daniel Munoz (36.9 mpg) and Stephen Lumpkins (35.3 mpg) own the top three spots in minutes played in the Patriot League this season, and are all three-plus minutes ahead of Lehigh's C.J. McCollum (31.9 mpg), who ranks fourth.
Lumpkins' continues to anchor American on both sides on court, owning the paint with team high's in points (15.8 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg) and blocks (1.5). "Lump" ranks sixth in the conference in points, second in rebounding and third in blocks. With just five more swats, Lumpkins will become the program's all-time leader in blocks. He currently has 122 rejections.
Munoz has been the orchestrator of the Eagles offense and is fourth in the league with 3.6 apg. The fourth-year floor general has also stepped up his offensive game, ranking 19th in the conference with 10.3 ppg, while placing third with a .917 free-throw percentage (22-of-24).
Schoof, who has played 167 minutes in the past four games, all but three minutes in those contests, has proven to be one of the best shooters in the Patriot League. The second-year sharpshooter is first in 3-point percentage, .528 (19-of-36), and first in free throw percentage, 1.000 (20-of-20).
Next up for American is a D.C., showdown with the No. 15/21 Georgetown Hoyas on December 22, at Noon, at the Verizon Center. It will be the first of two-straight nationally ranked opponents for the Eagles as they travel to Allen Fieldhouse for a matchup with the No. 9/9 Kansas Jayhawks on December 29, at 8 p.m. Both games will be available on ESPN3.
Scouting the Opponent
• The Pirates are 0-4 all-time against teams from the Patriot League, having gone 0-1 against American and 0-3 against Holy Cross.
• The Pirates (1-7) fell at home to Robert Morris 66-54 on December 8, in their last contest. Hampton's lone win on the season was against Howard, 58-50.
• Hampton is led offensively by Deron Powers, who averages, 11.8 ppg. He is the only Pirate to crack double-figures in scoring. Powers navigates the HU offense with 3.8 apg.
• The frontcourt duo of Du'Vaughn Maxwell and Dwight Meikle pace the team in rebounding, each checking in with 6.3 rpg. Maxwell averages 8.3 ppg, while Meikle is third on the squad with 7.1 ppg.
• In their fourth season under head coach Edward Joyner Jr., the Pirates are 21-14 at home, going 6-5 at home last season – beating William & Mary, High Point, Howard, South Carolina State, Morgan State and UMES.