Feb. 25, 2006
EASTON, Pa. - Andre Ingram (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs) scored a season-high 26 points and the American University men's basketball team shot 51 percent as a squad, giving the Eagles a 77-67 win over Lafayette. With the win, American secured the fourth seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament and will face fifth-seeded Lafayette in the quarterfinals.
After AU led, 40-34, at halftime, the two teams battled back and forth for much of the first part of the second stanza. With the score at 52-46 at around the nine-minute mark, Ingram virtually slammed the door shut on the Leopards' chances with consecutive three-pointers. Ingram's treys ended a 10-minute stretch in which the Eagles mustered just one field goal.
Ingram carried the Eagles to a six-point advantage at halftime, notching 17 first-half points, including five three-pointers. Overall, American shot 58.3 percent in the opening half and held Lafayette to just 34.3 percent. However, Lafayette had just six first-half turnovers and nabbed eight offensive boards, allowing the hosts to stay within striking distance.
Ingram hit eight-of-14 shots, including seven-of-11 three-pointers, while adding five boards. Junior forward Brayden Billbe (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) tallied 13 points and finished just two boards shy of his second double-double of the season.
The Eagles, who improve to 11-16 overall, finished their Patriot League docket 7-7, ensuring that they've never had a losing season since joining the PL in 2001.
Lafayette falls to 11-16 overall, 5-9 in the Patriot League. Matt Betley led the Leopards with 10 points.
American and Lafayette will meet on Friday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, Pa. For ticket information, please call (202) 885-TIXX.