In American's win over Colgate back on January 12, sophomore John Schoof was held off the score sheet, but on Saturday afternoon in Bender Arena, AU's second-year sharpshooter had it going, hitting 8-of-11 shots including five 3-pointers for a game-high 24 points which helped the Eagles to a 70-55 win in the rematch versus Colgate. Schoof was one of five American players to score in double digits as the Eagles outscored the Raiders 45-31 in the second half.
The two teams battled through the first period but American (9-14, 4-4 PL) got hot in the second stanza, shooting 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field with four 3-pointers and 15-of-17 free throws to pull away from Colgate (9-16, 3-5 PL).
"John's scoring really opened up the game but the key was that we were able to get stops defensively," said head coach Jeff Jones.
It was the second time in five games that Schoof topped 20 points and the 10th time this season in which he hit three-or-more 3-pointers. He is shooting 50.9 percent from distance this year and averages 2.43 treys per game, .12 3's per game away from qualifying nationally in 3-point percentage. The current leader is shooting 51.6 percent from long range.
American knocked down the first basket of the game on a 3-pointer from Schoof but Colgate answered with a 9-0 run to take control early.
The Eagles clawed back into it however, tying up the game at 9:56 on a strong baseline drive and pull-up, tear-drop by Schoof, before a free throw by Daniel Munoz gave American the lead once again.
The Raiders looked to be on another run with five-straight points but two-straight 3-pointers by rookie Jesse Reed put the Eagles up by three, 19-16.
The teams again traded baskets but Munoz knocked down two free throws with 28 seconds left in the first to take American into the break up one, 25-24.
Colgate opened the second half on a 7-2 run, but a 3-pointer by Schoof, followed by a put-back by Tony Wroblicky put AU back on top 32-31. The scored remained tied at 36-all, before Wroblicky hit a jumper which sparked a 16-2 run which put the Eagles in control for good.
Schoof was joined by Munoz (13 points), Wroblicky (11 points), Reed (10 points) and Stephen Lumpkins (10 points) in double-figure scoring. Lumpkins also grabbed 10 boards for the double-double, while Wroblicky brought down of his own. Munoz added a game-high six assists.
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.