“Bender White-Out” & Hall of Fame Day as Men’s Basketball Hosts Colgate on Saturday
Teams: American (8-14, 3-4 PL) vs. Colgate (9-15, 3-4 PL)
Date and Location: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 3 p.m. – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Series: 29th meeting; American leads, 24-4
Last Meeting: W, 72-63 – Hamilton, N.Y. (January 12, 2012)
Web: Patriot League All*Access - Dan Laing (Play-By-Play), Jeremy Huber (Analyst)
Events: "Bender White-Out," Hall of Fame Day, Cross Country Senior Recognition
American University Men's Basketball wraps up a three-game homestand on Saturday afternoon at Bender Arena against Colgate at 3 p.m. AU will celebrate it's third annual "Bender White-Out" with fans receiving a commemorative t-shirt as the University also honors the Hall of Fame class of 2013.
The home stretch has been good to the Eagles as they topped Lafayette and lost on a last-second shot to league-leading Bucknell in their last two contests. AU is now .500 at home (5-5) and with the victory over Lafayette, improved to 8-2 in games in which they lead at the half.
American has dominated the all-time series against Colgate, owning a 24-4 advantage after downing the Raiders in Hamilton, N.Y., 72-63, earlier this season. The Eagles have never lost to Colgate in Bender Arena, owning a 14-0 mark.
AU is led by nationally-ranked rebounder Stephen Lumpkins. "Lump" is 29th in the country with 9.4 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with 15.4 ppg and has upped both averages in Patriot League play, ranking second in the conference with 17.6 ppg and 10.1 rpg.
The Eagles also boast one of the most improved players in Patriot League in sophomore sharpshooter John Schoof. The second-year swingman leads the conference in 3-point percentage, hitting 51-of-102 (.500) shots from beyond the arc. Schoof is .14 treys per game away from qualifying nationally for 3-pointers and would rank second in the country with his current percentage.
Senior point guard Daniel Munoz is 17th in the league with 10.3 ppg while ranking fourth with 3.5 apg. Junior big man Tony Wroblicky has upped his play in conference action, ranking first with a .667 (24-of-36) field goal percentage and is third in rebounding with 7.4 rpg.
Scouting the Opponent
• Colgate is coming off of midweek, nonconference loss to NJIT, but picked up a big home win over Holy Cross, 63-45, in its last Patriot League game, to improve to 3-4 in conference play. The Eagles and Raiders will jockey for league position in a crucial game this Saturday. Colgate is 3-11 on the road this season.
• Colgate is led by F Murphy Burnatowski who ranks second in the conference with 17.1 ppg. He also ranks second in 3-pointers made (54) and is second on the Raiders with 5.3 rpg.
• G Pat Moore (10.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg), G Mitch Rolls (7.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg), G Luke Roh (5.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and C John Brandenburg (5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg) round out the starting lineup while Brandon James (7.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Damon Sherman-Newsome (6.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg) are Colgate's first players off the bench.
• The Raiders are averaging 64.2 ppg overall and 61.9 ppg in conference play while allowing 70.1 ppg in 24 games and 66.4 ppg in Patriot League contests.
• In his second season at the helm of the Raiders, head coach Matt Langel came to Colgate after five seasons as an assistant at Temple. He has already led the Raiders to more Patriot League wins than last season.
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The Eagles have a midweek, road matchup with Lehigh on Wednesday, February 13, at 7 p.m., before returning to Bender Arena next Sunday, February 17, for American's second-to-last home game. AU will take on Holy Cross at noon in a game aired live on the CBS Sports Network. Tickets are still available to this game and to all AU home games by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX.