American University men's basketball completed the first half of its Patriot League schedule on Wednesday night in Bender Arena, earning a 74-52 victory against Navy. The Eagles improve to a perfect 9-0 record in conference play to remain atop the league standings.
AU's 10-game win streak is the longest since the American won 13-straight in its run to a second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008-09.
Sophomore guard Jesse Reed had a career night versus the Midshipman, hitting 8-of-10 shots, a personal best 6-of-8 from downtown, for a new high of 28 points. Reed, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, has now hit 20 points in three straight games.
"Jesse had it going tonight. He hit some big shots for us, and we tried to keep feeding him," said head coach Mike Brennan. "I thought we had a good first half, both offensively and defensively, but let them hit some baskets in the second. We know what we have to work on heading into our next game this Saturday against Holy Cross."
American hit the first basket of the game and did not look back, never trailing and after a 3-pointer by Reed made it 5-2 Eagles, AU lead for the final 37 minutes of the game.
At the end of the first half, American's lead built up to 20 as sophomore center Zach Elcano hit a jumper in the lane to make it 37-17. Despite Reed knocking down three of his triples in the first half, AU held a 14-4 edge in the paint, 10-0 points off turnovers advantage and an 8-0 discrepancy in second-chance points, while also holding the Midshipmen and 6-of-25 field goal attempts.
The Eagles held at least a 14-point advantage throughout the second half, ballooning the lead to a game-high of 26 on a steal and lay in by Darius "Pee Wee" Gardner with just 1:23 left in regulation.
Reed added to his offensive performance with a well rounded line of three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 37 minutes. He was joined by Gardner and junior Kyle Kager in double digit scoring as both chipped in 11.
Senior center Tony Wroblicky narrowly missed a career high, pulling down 16 rebounds against the Mids. American held a 35-22 edge on the boards versus the Navy. Wroblicky finished with eight points and four blocks.
It was the third-straight game in which AU shot over 50 percent from the field.
The Eagles continue play at Bender Arena this Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. for the annual "Phil Bender Day" game vs. rival Holy Cross. Tickets start at just $7 per seat, and a limited amount of premium location, sideline reserved chair back seats still remain for these games. Secure the best seat locations and purchase tickets 24/7 at AUeagles.com by clicking here while supplies last.
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- Holy Cross – Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.
- Colgate – Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
- Lehigh – Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
- Army – Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.
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