Eagles Hold Off Manhattan in 60-52 Victory

Eagles Hold Off Manhattan in 60-52 Victory

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Senior Jen Dumiak finished with 20 points, while junior Michelle Holmes added 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the American University women's basketball team to a 60-52 victory over Manhattan College on Wednesday evening.

Dumiak also registered eight assists, moving into sixth place on the Eagles' career assist list, and grabbed a career-high six steals.

Also scoring in double figures for American (4-5) was senior Arron Zimmerman with 11 points.

The Eagles held off a late rally by the Jaspers to pull off the victory. AU held a 53-39 lead, its largest of the game, with under six minutes remaining in the second half. Manhattan (1-8) responded with a 13-2 run to cut the margin to three points with 2:16 on the clock. However, Dumiak scored a basket with 1:14 remaining to stop the run, while Zimmerman drained a three in the final minute to secure the Eagles' win.

In the opening half, American started out strong, getting out to a 15-5 lead. Hot three-point shooting by the Jaspers contributed to a 17-3 run that gave Manhattan a 22-18 advantage with four minutes remaining in the period. However, three-pointers from freshman Maria Liddane and Zimmerman ended AU's field goal drought, and the two teams went into the break knotted at 24-24.

Six of Manhattan's nine field goals in the opening half came from beyond the arc, as the Jaspers shot 50 percent from long range in the first 20 minutes. After the break, the Eagles were able to hold Manhattan to two field goals from beyond the arc.

American outrebounded Manhattan, 33-29, for the game, marking just the second time this season that the Eagles have held the advantage on the boards. They also shot nearly 48 percent from the field, including a 59.1 percentage in the second half.

The Eagles are back on the road this weekend, visiting UMES on Saturday, Dec. 20, for a 2 p.m. contest.