Teams: American (1-4) at Saint Francis (1-5)
Date and Location: Sat., Nov. 30, 2013, 2 p.m. – DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pa.
Series: 16th meeting; American leads 10-5
Last Meeting: W, 61-51 – Washington, D.C. (Dec. 1, 2012)
Radio: Federal News Radio 1500AM – Dain Laing (play-by-play), Jeremy Huber (analyst)
The American University men's basketball team finalizes its four-game road trip this Saturday, November 30, at 2 p.m., when the Eagles travel to Loretto, Pa., facing the Saint Francis Red Flash.
Fans in the D.C.-Metro area can tune into Federal News Radio 1500AM for the radio broadcast with Dan Laing and Jeremy Huber calling the action. The game can also be streamed online via FederalNewsRadio.com. The broadcast starts at 1:30 p.m., with Laing and head coach Mike Brennan on the pregame show.
It will be the 16th ever meeting between American (1-4) and Saint Francis (1-5) with the Red Flash making playing at home for the first time this season. AU holds a 10-5 series advantage, but SFU has won all five matchup away from Bender Arena.
American tipped-off this grueling road stretch last Wednesday, against nationally-ranked Ohio State, falling in a hard-fought battle to the No. 8/8 Buckeyes, 63-52. AU's tough luck continued Saturday at Mount St. Mary's as the Eagles overcame a slow start and led late, but the Mountaineers were able to win in their home-opener, 68-64. Earlier this week, AU fell in Levien Gym to Columbia.
The Eagles got dual 15-point performances earlier this week from senior big man Tony Wroblicky and junior point guard Darius Gardner. Despite the offensive out-put, no other AU player finished in double-digits.
AU's defense has been solid this season, holding their opponents to under 70 ppg in every matchup while limiting them to 63 or less in four of five games. Entering the week, The Eagles were ranked10th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense, limiting foes to just a 21.5 percent clip from beyond the arc.
SCOUTING SAINT FRANCIS
After six-straight road games to open the 2013-14 season, the Red Flash will make its DeGol Arena debut against the Eagles on Saturday. Saint Francis is familiar with the Patriot League, picking up its lone win of the season against Navy, 60-57. SFU also has losses to Bucknell (72-50) and Colgate (81-54). St. Francis also faced a common opponent in George Mason (L, 58-46).
Rookie point guard Malik Harmon leads the Red Flash with 12.5 ppg, 20 total assists and eight thefts on the season. He has scored in double figures in the past five consecutive games. Junior forward Earl Brown in second on the squad with 11.0 ppg game and leads Saint Francis with 8.5 rpg.
Head coach Rob Krimmel, a 2000 graduate of Saint Francis, is in his second season at the helm of the program. Last year, SFU went 6-29 overall and 5-12 in NEC play.
MORE ON THE EAGLES
Senior big man Tony Wroblicky became one of five all-time Eagles to reach 100 career blocks last Wednesday and entered the week ranked 28th in the nation with 3.0 blocks per game.
Iron guards John Schoof and Darius Gardner have shown their resiliency early this season, rarely coming off the court. Schoof ranked second in the country with 39.2 minutes per game coming into this week while Gardner ranks sixth at 38.8.
Gardner continues to lead AU in scoring (14.0 ppg) and paces the American offense with 4.4 apg while also hitting over 50-percent of his shots from the field.
Sophomore swingman Jesse Reed is second on the Eagles with 12.2 ppg and third with 4.4 rpg, also registering almost two 3-pointers in each matchup this season.
Wroblicky is first on the boards with 6.0 rebounds per game in addition to his impressive block totals.
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