Teams: American (6-11, 1-1 PL) at Holy Cross (9-8, 1-1 PL)
Date & Location: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 2 p.m. – Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.
Series: 29th Meeting: Holy Cross leads 17-11
Last Meeting: L, 59-52 – Worcester, Mass. (February 11, 2012)
Radio: Federal News Radio 1050AM – Dan Laing (play-by-play), Jeremy Huber (analyst)
American University men's basketball continues Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross when the Eagles take on the Crusaders at 2 p.m., at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. It will be the second league road game for AU while Holy Cross will play its first home conference game of the season. Fans can listen to all the action on Federal News Radio 1050AM or access the stream online at FederalNewsRadio.com.
The Eagles have won eight of the last 11 meetings with the Crusaders, but Holy Cross holds a 10-3 home advantage and a 17-11 overall lead in the all-time series. The two squads split the season series last year with each team winning at home.
AU is coming off of a hard-fought loss to Patriot League preseason favorite Lehigh, 63-57, this past Wednesday. American had four players score in double-digits, but the Mountain Hawks were still able to escape Bender Arena with the victory.
American continues to be led by senior Stephen Lumpkins who paces the team with 14.6 ppg and 9.5 rpg. He ranks sixth in the Patriot League in points and second in boards. Lumpkins is averaging a double-double in league play with 16.0 ppg and 13.0 ppg.
Senior point guard Daniel Munoz has made the most of the New Year, averaging 11.8 ppg and 5.0 apg in four games during 2013. He ranks second on the team in scoring and is fourth in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.6 apg).
Junior center Tony Wroblicky has enjoyed the start of conference play, upping his output on both sides of the ball, averaging 15.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg in two league tilts this far.
Sophomore John Schoof rebounded nicely after being held scoreless at Colgate with 11 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and four assists against Lehigh.
The Eagles return home to Bender Arena on Wednesday, January 23, at 7 p.m., in a matchup against Patriot League rival Navy. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet. Fans can purchase tickets to this game and to all AU home games by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX.
Scouting the Opponent
• After losing their Patriot League opener at Lehigh (79-47), the Crusaders evened their conference record with a win at Navy (62-47). Holy Cross has also played mutual American opponents San Francisco (W, 73-63) and Columbia (W, 78-69).
• The Crusaders are led by junior forward David Dudzinski, who lead the team with 15.8 ppg and 6.9 rpg. He is shooting .511 percent from the field this season and has hit 10 3-pointers and swatted a team-high 18 shots.
• Holy Cross will matchup up well with American thanks to their size with Dudzinski and senior center Phil Beans. Beans is third on the team with 8.8 points per game and 4.3 rpg.
• Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Year Justin Burrell is second on the team with 13.7 ppg and is second on the team with 43 assists. Senior guard Jordan Stevens (5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and sophomore forward Malcolm Miller (5.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) round out the starting lineup for Holy Cross.
• Head Coach Milan Brown is in his third season with the Crusaders and has led Holy Cross to a 17-13 record in Patriot League play while at the helm of the program.