Men's Basketball Travels to Youngstown State on Friday

Men's Basketball Travels to Youngstown State on Friday

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7 p.m. - Youngstown, Ohio - Beeghly Center (6,300)
American University (1-5) at Youngstown State (4-4)
All-Time Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
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WASHINGTON —  Friday's contest at Youngstown State will be game five-of-six away from Bender Arena for the American University men's basketball team. The Eagles will hop on the AU Express to Ohio before an overnight trek to the New York Metropolitan area. The last stop on the excursion is Wagner College on Sunday.

Senior Jesse Reed is nearing his 100th-career game as an Eagle, which he should eclipse at Wagner on Dec. 6. Through 98 games, Reed has played in 30 or more minutes 65 times and has reached that plateau In his last 16 games, dating back to last season.

Freshmen James Washington and Delante Jones received their first collegiate starts on Tuesday at Mount St. Mary's. Both played over 30 minutes, with Washington scoring 11 points and Jones five. This is the first time in head coach Mike Brennan's tenure he started a pair of rookies.

Washington was named this week's Lids Team Sport Patriot League Player of the Week after leading the Eagles to their first win of the season. Washington finished the week averaging 15.0 points per game after a 19-point performance at New Hampshire on Saturday. The Norwalk, California, native helped the Eagles battle back from a five-point deficit at the half (28-23) to a win, 68-50.

Friday's contest will be the first-ever meeting between American University and a member of the Horizon League. The league has 10 members and is based out of Indianapolis.  Former members of the league include: Butler, Dayton, Duquesne, La Salle, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, Saint Louis and Xavier. 

SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE: 

Youngstown State enters the contest 4-4 on the season after a 65-58 win over Robert Morris on Wednesday. The Penguins — no relations to their opponents city professional hockey club — were led by Matt Donlan with 18 points and five rebounds. Three other Pens finished in double figures, including 14 from Bobby Hain, a dozen by  Francisco Santiago and 10 from Brett Frantz. Sidney Umude was the lone starter to not reach the double figures mark, but he had seven points and seven rebounds. On the season, Hain paces the squad with 16.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Absent in the past two games, Cameron Morse is second on the team with 15.7 points per game, but has played in six games off the bench averaging 30.2 minutes.