AU Advances to Second-Straight Patriot League Championship with 73-62 Victory at Colgate

Hamilton, N.Y. – They are going back to the Championship. Despite entering the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 6 seed, the American University men's basketball team has now upset consecutive road opponents, advancing to the league final thanks to a 73-62 victory at Colgate on Sunday afternoon.

American advances to play at No. 4 seed Lafayette, which upset top-seeded Bucknell, in the title game on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m., live on the CBS Sports Network. It will be American's seventh championship game in school history.

Senior guard John Schoof was near perfect for the Eagles as he made four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 17 points. Classmate Pee Wee Gardner added 15 points for American as the duo led five players in double figures and set a season-high team mark shooting 61.9 percent from the field.

The Eagles forced Colgate into 11 turnovers, eight in the first half, scoring 22 points off their miscues. American also limited the Raiders on the perimeter, holding Colgate to 5-of-22 shooting from beyond the arc.

"I thought our guys did a great job of executing, especially in the early going. Colgate is a great team and even though they did not play the game they wanted to, I'm happy with the effort our guys put out there," said head coach Mike Brennan. "Pee Wee and John have been such a big part of what we have done over the past two years and they continue to come up big for us."

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Schoof hit his first four 3-pointers of the game, the last for a 48-28 lead, to help the Eagles hit seven of their first 10 from distance. Schoof also started 6-of-6 from the field and added six rebounds, three assists, a steal along with a career-best two blocks.

The Eagles held Colgate scoreless over the final four minutes of play in the first half to take a 38-21 lead into the break.

American led by as many as 22 in the second half, but Colgate pulled within nine, 62-53, with 1:45 left on a Matt McMullen 3-pointer. American once again came up clutch down the stretch from the charity stripe as it made 11-of-14 free throws the rest of the way.

Junior Jesse Reed, playing all 40 minutes, joined Schoof and Gardner with complete game performances. The trio continues to rank among the top-five nationally in minutes played. Reed finished with 14 points, four rebounds two 3-pointers, two assists, three steals and a block.

Wednesday marks the first time in Patriot League history that No. 1 or No. 2 seed will have not a chance to win the conference title and automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

 

Championship Game Ticket Information in AU Fan Block Seating Section

How to Order Tickets 

Tickets to the 2015 Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship Game are now available.  The Eagles will take on the No. 4 Lafayette Leopards on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. from the Kirby Center in Easton, Pa. Tickets are $22 for adults and $9 for youth, seniors and AU Students. To purchase your tickets within the AU fan seating block for the championship game, please follow the instructions below. All orders must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10th.

All fans interested in purchasing tickets should go to AUeagles.com/Tickets to submit their Championship Game ticket order and information.

Once received and processed, your order will be confirmed via email. All tickets will be available for pick up at WILL CALL at the Kirby Center on March 11, starting at 6 p.m.

American University Fan Bus to Lafayette
Interest in a fan bus is being assessed at this time. A final decision will be made by Tuesday, March 10th at noon if sufficient interest is expressed. If the bus trip does occur, it will depart on Wednesday at 2 p.m. from Bender Arena. The cost per person would be $20 roundtrip. Those who express interest will receive an email with further details regarding the trip once it is confirmed.

 

WOMEN's Patriot League Playoff Schedule
Mon. March 9 @ 7 p.m.  – Semifinals vs. Navy, Bender Arena (Patriot League Network)
Sat. March 14 @ 6 p.m.  – Championship, Bender Arena* (TV on CBS Sports Network)* 
 
*if AU Advances