Teams: American (1-2) at Mount St. Mary's (0-5)
Date and Location: Sat., Nov. 23, 2013, 4 p.m. – Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.
Series: 63rd meeting; American leads, 32-29
Last Meeting: W, 62-57 – Washington, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2012)
Radio: Federal News Radio 1500AM – Dain Laing (play-by-play), Jeremy Huber (analyst)
The American University men's basketball team continues its four-game road trip on Saturday, November 23, at 4 p.m., when the Eagles head to Emmitsburg, Md., to take on the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers.
Fans in the D.C.-Metro area can tune into Federal News Radio 1500AM for radio with Dan Laing and Jeremy Huber calling the action. The game can also be streamed online via FederalNewsRadio.com. The broadcast starts at 3:30 p.m., with Laing and head coach Mike Brennan on the pregame show.
It will be the 63rd meeting between the two schools with AU holding a 32-29 series advantage. The Eagles won last year's matchup at Bender Arena, 62-57. AU has won five of the last eight meetings, including three wins in Emmitsburg.
American tipped-off its road swing this past Wednesday, taking on the nationally-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. The Eagles did not back down from the challenge however as AU opened an early lead thanks to some solid shooting and staunch defense, holding the advantage late into the first half.
An OSU run gave the No. 8/8 Buckeyes the lead at the break and despite a second push in the next frame, AU battled back from a 16-point deficit to close within single-digits in the final minute.
Senior big man Tony Wroblicky had his best game of the year as he scored 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds with four blocks and two steals.
After hitting the overtime game-winner against UMBC, sophomore Jesse Reed led the Eagles against the Buckeyes with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting including three 3-pointers.
The Mountaineers started the season with five-straight games on the road and fell in each contest. It was a challenging early slate with games at West Virginia (L, 77-62), Villanova (L, 90-59) and BYU (L, 108-76) before close loses to area foes UMBC (L, 90-84 OT) and UMES (L, 78-71).
Senior guard Julian Norfleet scored 24 points against UMES and leads Mount with 20.6 ppg and 5.6 apg. Rashad Whack and Sam Prescott make up the guard trio for the Mountaineers with Whack averaging 13.2 points and Prescott 9.0. Whack also leads the 4.8 rpg while senior forward Kristijan Krajina 4.4 rpg
Head coach Jamion Christian is in his second year with Mount St. Mary's and guided the Mount to an 18-14 record last season and an appearance in the NEC Championship game.
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Darius Gardner continues to lead the Eagle offense this season, averaging 15.3 ppg. The junior transfer from Stephen F. Austin was handed the keys to the car and has rewarded coach Brennan. "Pee Wee" is shooting .500 (16-of-32) from the field this year, while also pacing the Eagles with 4.7 apg. Gardner totaled 10 points, five assists, two boards and a steal in just under 40 minutes at No. 8/8 Ohio State.
Wroblicky, who swatted four shots against the Buckeyes, now has 100 total rejections in his career. He becomes the fifth ever Eagle to reach the 100-block plateau, joining all-time leader Stephen Lumpkins '13 (137), Saliou-Binet Telly '01 (126), Juan Jones '83 (112) and Jordan Nichols '09 (107).
Junior sharpshooter John Schoof made it three straight games with at least one 3-pointer, drilling a triple against Ohio State. He also added four rebounds and two assists in the game.
Coach Brennan has kept a tight rotation this season, but the rookie guard Charlie Jones has earned the trust of AU's first year coach. For the second-straight game Jones played 20-plus minutes, and was the first AU player to check in off the bench at OSU. Jones made it two-straight games with at least a basket, two rebounds and two assists, playing 22 minutes against the No. 8/8 Buckeyes.
AU had its best shooting game of the season at Ohio State, knocking down 21-of-26 shots (45.7%).
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The Eagles continue their four-game road swing on Tuesday, November 26 with a 7 p.m., showdown versus Columbia. AU returns to Bender Arena on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., against Howard. Click here to get your tickets today.