American traveled to take on the top team in the Patriot League on Wednesday and despite an off-shooting night the Eagles were tied with Lehigh with just over six minutes to play. The Mountain Hawks used a late run to pull away however, for a 60 -47 victory. Although he was held scoreless in the first half, senior Stephen Lumpkins improved his streak of double-digit scoring games to 23 with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Lehigh (18-5, 8-1 PL) did its damage from beyond the arc, shooting 52.6 percent as a team, hitting 10-of-19 3-pointers, while American (9-15, 4-5 PL) could not find its range for much of the contest, going just 1-of-9 from deep in the first half and finishing 5-of-22 from distance.
Despite the 3-point discrepancy, the Eagles used its advantage on the boards, 40-29, to mount a second-half comeback, even after a Lehigh run to begin the second period.
American trailed by just eight points, 28-20, at the half, but Lehigh scored the first eight points of the second stanza for a 16-point lead.
The Eagles came back with a 9-2 run capped by 3-pointer in the corner from senior Daniel Munoz to make it a single-digit game and after trading treys with Lehigh, AU used a 10-2 run to tie it up on senior Mike Bersch's 3-pointer with 6:11 to go.
From there however, it was all Mountain Hawks as a quick seven-point spurt put Lehigh in control, eventually closing out the game on a 17-4 run.
Sophomore John Schoof, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Week and leading 3-point shooter, was held in check by the Mountain Hawks, scoring just five points, but Schoof did hand out a career-high six assists, while grabbing four boards, playing all 40 minutes.
Lehigh was led by Gabe Knutson who scored a game-high 18 points including four 3-pointers.
The Eagles return to Bender Arena on 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 home games by clicking here or by calling (202) 885-TIXX.