STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Freshman Delante Jones scored a season-best 20 points, but the American University men's basketball team struggled in the first half and fell 55-48 to Wagner on Sunday afternoon at the Spiro Center.
American dips to 2-6 on the season while Wagner moves to 4-2 overall.
Jones' 20 points led all scorers while also pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. Junior Charlie Jones dropped all of his eight points in the second half and contributed three steals, two rebounds and two assists.
It was a three-point game at the break, with Wagner holding a 21-18 lead despite the Eagles shooting 17 percent from the field. Jones gave the Eagles a short lead, 3-2, with an old-fashioned three-point play at 17:41. The Seahawks then took a 10-point lead on an 11-0 run and increased the lead to 12 (17-5) on free throws by Michael Carey.
American battled back and cut the deficit to a single possession with Jones connecting on a pair at 2:01.
The Eagle comeback lasted through midway of the second half when they squad retook the lead 40-39 on a long three by senior Jesse Reed, who played in his 100th career game.
Wagner regained the advantage with 4:16 to play on free throws by Dwuan Anderson and a layup by Carey.
American connected on treys by Charlie Jones and Washington, but foul trouble put the Seahawks at the line.
American outshot Wagner 32.6 percent to 31.6 and outrebounded them 38-36.
Wagner finished with three players in double figures, led by Corey Henson with 14 points. Carey added a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Anderson had 11 points.
American will return to Bender Arena for a mid-week meeting with Stony Brook on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.