Ruston, La. – The American University men's basketball team made it two straight wins on Friday night at Louisiana Tech, routing Presbyterian, 63-38, in the subregional round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Three Eagles tallied double figure points as AU forced the Blue Hose into 21 turnovers.
American (2-1) took the lead for good with just over four minutes to play in the firs half and did not look back. While the AU offense came alive, the defense continues to be its hallmark; scoring 24 points off Presbyterian (1-2) miscues.
The Blue Hose closed to within seven of AU midway through the second half, but the Eagles closed the game on a 25-7 run.
"I think our first halves this season could be like that as we figure things out against our opponents, but I was happy with how we came out in the second," said head coach Mike Brennan. "I thought Panzer did a good job in the second half, making a few shots; making a few posts moves and having some success in there."
Senior Kevin Panzer had one the best games of his short AU career, scoring 15 points with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, a block and a steal.
Panzer was joined in double-digit points by AU's point-leading duo of John Schoof and Jesse Reed. Schoof knocked down 7-of-10 shots, including 5-of-6 from distance for a game-high 19 points. Reed totaled 14 points and added seven rebounds and two steals.
American's defense held Presbyterian to a season-low 38 points, lowering its season average to 41.3 points allowed per game. The Eagles also registered a season-high 10 steals.
The AU offense also started rolling, especially on its game-clinching run, knocking down 48.9 percent (22-of-45) of its shots for the game including a 56.0 percent clip in the scond half.
The Blue Hose were led by Jordan Downing with a team-high 18 points, but no other player totaled more than eight.
The Eagles continue their three-game Coaches vs. Cancer Subregional swing and eight-game road stretch against Louisiana Tech tomorrow at 7 p.m. EST.