American (0-1) vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) (0-1)
Date and Location:
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m. – Bender Arena – Wasington, D.C.
17th meeting - AU leads, 11-5 (last meeting: W, 75-43)
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WASHINGTON - The American University men's basketball team plays inside Bender Arena for the first time this season, taking on Saint Francis (Pa.) Monday night at 7:30 p.m., live on Comcast SportsNet.
The Eagles opened the year at Temple last Friday night, clawing their way back into the contest with a late-game surge, but came up just short, 40-37, as senior point guard Darius "Pee Wee" Gardner's 3-point attempt was just off the mark.
After ranking seventh in the nation in points allowed per game last season, defense continues to be a hallmark of head coach Mike Brennan's squad. American held Temple to just .229 field goal percentage (11-of-48) with six steals and two blocks.
Senior co-captain John Schoof led the way for AU against the Owls with a game-high 12 points with two 3-points and four rebounds. Classmate Kevin Panzer made his American debut after sitting out last season as transfer from Nevada. The big man filled the stat sheet with six points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
It will be the 17th meeting between AU and SFU and ninth straight year the two programs have faced off. American leads the all-time series, 11-5, winning eight of the past 10 meetings. Last year Jesse Reed scored 20 points to lead the Eagles to a 75-43 win over the Red Flash.
Next up, American continues play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Louisiana Tech. The Eagles will play three games in three days against the host Bulldogs, Presbyterian and Morehead State.
SCOUTING SAINT FRANCIS
The Red Flash were defeated in their season-opener to an American Athletic Conference school as well, falling at Cincinnati, 52-37. Junior forward Ronnie Drinnon led the way for Saint Francis with a team-high nine points and six rebounds.
SFU was tabbed fourth in the 10-team Northeast Conference. Senior forward Earl Brown, who as a Second Team All-NEC selection last year, garnered preseason all-league honors as well. Brown averaged 14.4 points and 8.0 rebounds last season.
Saint Francis had a strong finish to the 2013-14 season that included the program's first postseason victory in 18 years with a win in the NEC Tournament. The Red Flash returns 100% of its scoring and 99.9% of its rebounding from last season's squad.
Head coach Rob Krimmel enters his 15th season as a member of the Red Flash coaching staff in 2014-15, and his second as head coach. A tremendous 3-point threat and a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection as a four-year Red Flash player, Krimmel enters his 18th season overall on the Loretto campus.
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