Teams: American (7-14, 2-4 PL) vs. Lafayette (10-11, 4-2 PL)
Date and Location: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2 p.m. – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Series: 48th meeting; American leads, 30-17
Last Meeting: W, 76-69 – Washington, D.C. (February 25, 2012)
TV: Comcast SportsNet – Joe Beninati (Play-by-Play), John Feinstein (Analyst)
Web: Patriot League All-Access - Dan Laing (Play-By-Play), Jeremy Huber (Analyst)
American University Men's Basketball continues its three-game homestand at Bender Arena on Saturday afternoon when the Eagles take on Lafayette at 2 p.m., live on Comcast SportsNet. Joe Beninati will be on the call with John Feinstein providing color. Fans outside the DC-Metro area can also watch live via Patriot League All-Access with Dan Laing (play-by-lay) and Jeremy Huber (analyst) on the call.
The game also continues the annual tradition of "Phil Bender Day" at Bender Arena. Fans are encouraged to wear blue and the purchase of a ticket includes a free AU Eagles pom-pom, courtesy of the AU Alumni Association and American Athletics. A limited number of chair-back seats are still available for this game and can be purchased here.
AU owns the all-time series with the Leopards, 30-17 and own a 12-6 advantage in home games. The Eagles have won the last two meetings and 16 of the last 17 matchups. The only loss in that span, dating back to 2006, was a 73-71 double-overtime defeat in the 2011 Patriot League Tournament.
American is coming off of a last-second loss to Mike Muscala and the Bucknell Bison on Wednesday night. AU lead for much of the second half after trailing at the break, but Muscala's put-back with 0.8 seconds left helped Bucknell escape Bender with a 56-55 win.
Senior Stephen Lumpkins continues to lead the Eagles in points (15.0 ppg), rebounds (9.4 rpg) and blocks (1.3 rpg) and entered the week ranking 21st nationally in rebounds per game. "Lump" ranks fifth in scoring and second in rebounding the Patriot League.
Senior Daniel Munoz is second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg) and ranks fourth in the Patriot League with 3.4 apg.
Sophomore John Schoof is third on the squad with 9.3 ppg and leads the conference, shooting 49.0% (48-of-98) from beyond the arc. Schoof is 0.21 3-pointers per game away from qualifying nationally in 3-point percentage. His current mark would rank second in the country, tied with Michigan's Nik Stauskas.
American leads the conference in rebounding through six league games. AU has a plus-six rebounding margin with leading marks in rebounding offense (36.8) and rebounding defense (30.8).
Scouting the Opponent
• A game under .500 overall, Lafayette boasts a 4-2 record in conference play, good for third in the league. The Leopards are on a three-game win streak with victories vs. Holy Cross (63-53), at Lehigh (78-57) and vs. Colgate (69-40), despite starting 2-0 in league play, losing at Army (77-54) and at Bucknell (66-51). Lafayette is 2-10 on the road.
• The Leopards have six players averaging at least 6.7 ppg, led by Seth Hinrichs with 14.6 ppg. He also leads the team with 4.8 rpg and has upped his scoring average to 15.2 in league games.
• Dan Trist (12.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Tony Johnson (11.3 ppg, 4.9 apg) and Levi Giese (7.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg) have been starters all year long for Lafayette while sixth man Bryce Scott (6.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg) and Joey Ptasinski (9.9 ppg, 2.1 apg) have recently switched roles.
• Lafayette is averaging 67.4 ppg overall and 63.2 ppg in league play while allowing 70.0 ppg in 23 games and 56.7 ppg in Patriot League contests.
• In his 18th season at the helm of the Leopards, head Coach Fran O'Hanlon is the longest tenured coach in the league. He has led Lafayette to three Patriot League titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
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American wraps up its three-game homestand next Saturday, February 9, at 3 p.m., against Colgate. It will be the third-annual "Bender White-Out" game with the first 1,000 students and first 500 fans receiving a free t-shirt courtesy of AU Student Government and American Athletics. Doors open early at 1:30 p.m., with the fifth-annual Hall of Fame Day Silent Auction taking place on the Bender Arena concourse. Admission to the auction is free with the purchase of a game ticket. All proceedes will benefit American University students-athletes.
Tickets are still available to this game and to all AU home games by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX.