American University men's basketball faced Boston University in one the biggest Patriot League games of the season thus far on Wednesday night in Agganis Arena. With first place in the standings on the line and only three games left in the regular season it was a pivotal matchup. The Eagles took a one-point lead into the break in Boston, Mass., but the Terriers used a strong second half to come away with the 71-62 victory.
AU (15-11, 11-4 PL) outshot BU (20-8, 13-2 PL), hitting 23-of-50 (46.0%) shots from the field, but the Terriers knocked down 16 attempts from the free throw line while outrebounding American by 16 to come away with the victory.
"BU is a very good team. They have some great seniors and a dynamic backcourt. They played well, and while I though we knocked down some shots and our offense was ok tonight, we did not make the plays down the stretch needed in order to win," said head coach Mike Brennan.
The Terriers advantage on the boards led to disparities in second chance points (14-5) while AU miscues allowed BU to amass 15 points off turnovers.
The Eagles came out strong in the game, building a 10-point lead, 22-12, midway through the first half. AU seemed to be in good shape until an unintentional elbow to the head of senior center Tony Wroblicky, caused the big man to miss the final four minutes of the half with a laceration, allowing BU to score the final seven points of the stanza. However the Eagles still took a 32-31 lead into the break.
BU kept the momentum going in the second, opening the frame on a 12-5 run to take control of the game. American was able to stay with the Terriers for much of the period with Boston unable to find a double-digit advantage until the final minutes.
With the clock working against them, AU was forced to foul in the closing time, but BU knocked down its attempts to quell the American comeback attempt.
Four Eagles scored in double-digit points, led by Wroblicky and junior guard John Schoof, who each scored 13. Wroblicky also grabbed a team-high seven boards, while swatting three shots.
For Boston, only two Terriers reached double-digit scoring, but eight players scored with seven scoring five-or-more and five with seven-or-more. They were led by senior big man Dom Morris who netted a game-high 16 points.
The Eagles return to Bender Arena this weekend when they take on the Army Black Knights on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m., live on CSN+ with AU celebrating Hall of Fame Day. Tickets start at just $7 per seat, and a limited amount of premium location, sideline reserved chair back seats still remain. Secure the best seat locations and purchase tickets 24/7 by clicking here.
All fans are encouraged to arrive early with the doors to Bender Arena opening at 1 p.m., to participate in AU Athletics' sixth annual Silent Auction, benefitting AU student-athletes. Admission to the silent auction is free with a game ticket and there is something for every Eagles fan to bid on including great items such as fine dining, travel, sports memorabilia and experiences, art and more. View a preview of the auction items here.