Men’s Basketball Back at Bender Versus Brown on Saturday, Live on CSN+
Teams: American (3-4) vs. Brown (5-2)
Date and Location: Sat., Dec. 7, 2013, 2 p.m. – Bender Arena, Washington, D.C.
Series: 9th meeting; Series tied 4-4
Last Meeting: W, 70-61 – Providence, R.I. – Pizzitola Sports Center (Jan. 2, 2012)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Washington (CSN+) - Jon Laaser (play-by-play), Brooks Berry (analyst)
Internet Video: Patriot League Network – Dain Laing (play-by-play), Jeremy Huber (analyst)
American University men's basketball will look to keep its momentum rolling after back-to-back 20-plus point victories against Brown University on Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m., in Bender Arena.
It will be AU's second home televised game and third this year after playing at Ohio State, as Saturday's matchup airs live on CSN+. Jon Laaser and Brooks Berry will be on the call.
Fans not in the D.C.-metro area can tune in to the Patriot League Network to view the internet broadcast free of charge with Dan Laing and Jeremy Huber calling the action.
It will be the ninth meeting between the schools with American winning each of the last four games, including the last contest, a 70-61 decision in Providence, R.I., two years ago. Brown and AU first met in 1970 in the Gem City Classic.
After posting a 32-victory at Saint Francis last week to close out a four-game road trip, the Eagles returned to Bender Arena for just the second time this season and routed Howard by 23. American hit 56-percent of it shots thanks large in part to senior Tony Wroblicky's career-high 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting.
AU held the Bison to just 19-pecernt shooting in the first half, holding Howard to only 13 points in the stanza.
AU's defense has been some of the best in the county so far this season. Entering the week, the Eagles are 16th in the nation in scoring defense (59.8 ppg), rank 10th in 3-point field goal defense (24.0%) and 43rd in field goal percentage defense (38.9%).
The Bears enter Saturday's matchup on a week-long layoff, last playing at home against Central Connecticut State on November 30, defeating the Blue Devils, 72-61. Brown's two losses this season have come on the road against instate foes, Providence College, 73-69, and Bryant, 70-67.
Senior guard Sean McGonagill leads Brown with 19.4 ppg, averaging 37.0 mpg. The career 1,000-point scorer for the Bears has hit 26 3-pointers this season, hitting .41 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 3.6 rpg and 2.9 apg.
Junior big man Rafael Maia is the Bears other double-digit scorer, averaging 11.7 ppg while leading Brown with 8.7 rpg. Forward Cedric Kuakumensah is just behind Maia with 7.9 rpg, but has totaled 21 blocks this year while averaging 7.0 ppg.
Second-year head coach Mike Martin has helped turn the Brown program around, guiding the Bears to 13 wins in his first season, including a 7-7 mark in Ivy League play.
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Wroblicky had the best offensive game of his career on Wednesday night versus Howard, hitting 11-of-12 shots for a personal best, 23 points. The senior center also registered a double-double at halftime, finishing with 12 rebounds while adding a career-high three steals. Saturday's contest
American spread the wealth versus Howard as nine players scored as the Eagles totaled 22 assists, marking the first time with 20-plus dimes in a game since playing at Lafayette on February 26, 2011.
After a slow start to the season, junior sharpshooter John Schoof has got it going from distance, hitting 7-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc in his last two games. Schoof, who recently eclipsed the 100 3-pointers made mark in his career, ranks seventh all-time in Patriot League history with 41.2 percent from deep, one spot ahead of AU great Garrision Carr (40.9).
Rookie Jalen Rhea also took a page out of Schoof's book, netting four 3-pointers in just nine minutes off the bench against Howard. Rhea finished with a career-high 14 points.
Fellow freshman Charlie Jones was active against the Bison, making his first career start, registering career highs with four points, five assists, a block and two steals in 29 minutes.
A third rookie, big man Yilret Yiljep also put up career-best marks with six points and three rebounds in nine minutes against Howard.
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After a break for final exams, AU tips off a five-game road swing on Thursday, December 19 at 10 p.m. EST, at Saint Mary's (Calif.).
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