Men's Basketball Opens 2015-16 Season at Rhode Island on Friday

Men's Basketball Opens 2015-16 Season at Rhode Island on Friday

Friday, November 13 – 8 p.m. – Kingston, R.I. — Ryan Center (7,657)
American (0-0) at Rhode Island (0-0)
Last Meeting: American 69 - Rhode Island 64, 1/29/72
All-Time Record: Rhode Island leads, 4-2
TV: Cox Sports ($) — Eric Frede (pxp) , Abu Bakr (analyst)
Radio: Federal News Radio (1050 AM) — Dan Laing (pxp), Nick Guerriero (analyst) 

American Game Notes
Rhode Island Game Notes

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The American University men's basketball team makes its 2015-16 debut on Friday night at the University of Rhode Island. The Eagles return six players from last season's squad that reached the Patriot League Championship game.

AU is led by top returning scorer, senior Jesse Reed, who averaged a career-best 14.3 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. Reed reached the 1,000-point plateau during the Patriot League Championship at Lafayette and is the 29th Eagle to score 1,000 points in a career. He has a chance to jump into the top 10 if he can repeat his points per game average from a year ago.

American will feature eight new players in an Eagle uniform in 2015-16. Juniors Paris Maragkos and Leon Tolksdorf sat out last year after transferring from George Washington and Connecticut, respectively. The duo will add size and experience to an AU front court that averaged 3.5 points per game. 

Eagles faithful can listen to the Federal News Radio broadcast via AUeagles.com with Dan Laing and Nick Guerriero.


RHODE ISLAND SCOUT: Rhode Island enters the 2015-16 season after an appearance in the National Invitational Tournament. Beginning his fourth season in Kingston, Rhode Island, head coach Danny Hurley is looking for his first NCAA appearance as a bench boss. This will be his sixth overall season as a head man after starting out at Wagner College. Rhody will be led this season by NBA prospect E.C. Matthews, who was named to the Preseason All-A-10 First Team. Matthews is the A-10's third-leading returning scorer at 16.9 points per game. Matthews is one-point shy of becoming the 52nd player in URI history to score 1,000 points. Another player to watch for URI is Hassan Martin, who was also named to the preseason first-team and the A-10's Preseason All-Defensive Team. A season ago, Martin led the league in field goal percentage (59.8) and blocks per game (3.12). The Rams were selected second in the preseason poll behind Dayton.

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