March 3, 2006
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The American University men's basketball team won in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament for the fifth consecutive year, this time with a 75-62 triumph over Lafayette Friday at Sojka Pavilion.
American nursed just a seven-point lead at the 11:42 mark of the second period, until the Eagles exploded for a 10-0 run keyed by a pair of jumpers by Linas Lekavicius (Silale, Lithuania/The Miller School) and consecutive three-pointers from freshman Garrison Carr (Bellevue, Wash./Issaquah). The Leopards never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.
American opened up a seven-point halftime lead, 41-34, thanks to 70.8 percent shooting (17-of-24). The Eagles had a 10-point lead with just seconds remaining in the first half, but Lafayette's Bilal Abdullah hit a long three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the deficit.
Andre Ingram (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs) led the Eagles in the opening period, canning nine points. However, it was balanced scoring that helped AU stake its halftime lead, as eight Eagles had at least two points.
Lafayette was able to stay in the game through halftime because of its hot outside shooting. The Leopards had 12 first-half field goals, seven of which came outside the arc.
American moved to 7-0 when scoring between 70 and 79 points. The Eagles finished with 57.4 percent shooting (27-of-47) and outscored the Leopards 22-12 in the paint and 19-8 off of turnovers. Lekavicius led the Eagles with 18 points, hitting six-of-seven shots, while Ingram had 11 points and Paulius Joneliunas (Vilnius, Lithuania/Roanoke Catholic) had 10 points, hitting all five of his shots.
American advances to the semifinal game on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Sojka Pavilion against the winner of tonight's Bucknell/Army quarterfinal. Listen live clicking on the microphone on the right side of AUEagles.com.