PROVIDENCE – The American University men's basketball team used a strong second half to win at Brown University, 66-49, on Wednesday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Eagles tallied a season-high in points while holding the Bears to its lowest output of the season.
Junior guard Jesse Reed was strong for AU (5-3), with a season-high 22 points and game-high eight rebounds. His classmate Zach Elcano had a career night in his return to the starting lineup, setting personal bests with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks in 38 minutes.
Brown (3-6) led early in the contest, 17-9, but the Eagles clawed their way back to make it a one-point Bears lead at the break. American used a 17-3 run midway through the second half to build a 55-38 lead after Pee Wee Gardner's free throws with 4:31 left.
"Brown has some good size and is a very good team. Our guys down low have worked very hard and did well for us tonight," said head coach Mike Brennan. "We often talk about getting better every day and even though we are playing several games in a short amount of time, I thought we did a good job of doing that tonight."
Six different Eagles scored with each registering six points ore more. Senior John Schoof joined Reed and Elcano in double-digit scoring with 10 points, adding five boards and a 3-pointer.
Gardner filled the stat sheet with eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, a block and four steals.
American did well to take advantage of Brown miscues, turning 12 turnovers into 16 points, while holding the Bears to only four points on nine turnovers.
The Eagles scored nearly half of its points in the paint, scoring 32 down low, while also getting to the charity stripe a season-high 21 times, converting a yearly-best 15 free throws.
For Brown, Leland King registered a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, but the Bears struggled against the AU defense in the second half, hitting only 28-percent (7-of-25) of its shots.
American will have a day off before traveling to Chicago to take on Illinois on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.