Men's Basketball Returns to Bender Arena to Host Stony Brook on Thursday

Men's Basketball Returns to Bender Arena to Host Stony Brook on Thursday

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. — Washington, D.C. — Bender Arena (3,500)
Stony Brook (4-4) at American University (2-6)
All-Time Record: American leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Stony Brook 59 - American 47, 12/23/14
StreamPatriot League Network — Dan Laing (pxp), Jeremy Huber (analyst)

American Game Notes
Stony Brook Notes

WASHINGTON — The Eagles return to Bender Arena after a month of games on the road. AU finished the six-game road trip with a 2-4 record and picked up wins over New Hampshire and Youngstown State. The Eagles traveled 2,536 miles through seven states and one district. Under third-year head coach Mike Brennan, AU is 19-7 at Bender Arena during his tenure. 

Freshman Delante Jones scored a season-best 20 points, but a sluggish first half halted the Eagles at Wagner, 55-48, in their last game. Jones shot 6-of-11 from the field and made all five free throws. The AU rookie also pulled down seven rebounds and had two assists. Junior Charlie Jones added eight points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists. Senior Jesse Reed played in his 100th career game in the loss. 

Delante Jones has become a large part of the American offense this season. The rookie from Lynchburg, Virginia has scored in double figures in four of the eight games this season and is third on the team in scoring. 

Freshman James Washington, like Delante Jones, has developed into a threat from the outside this season with his numbers increasing game-by-game. Washington netted double-digit points in three straight games, setting a new best in a win over New Hampshire with 19 points. He sandwiched his best with a pair of 11-point outings, followed by nine at Youngstown State. 

Reed played in his 100th-career game as an Eagle at Wagner on Dec. 6.  Reed has played in 30 or more minutes 67 times and has reached that plateau. In his last 18 games dating back to last season. Reed has played a complete 40-minute game twice this season. Reed's minimum this season was 31 minutes at Mount St.  Mary's on Dec. 1. 


Stony Brook is not only expected to get over the hump this year and win the America East Conference but make noise in the NCAA Tournament. At 4-4, the Seawolves have hit a bit of a snag with two of four wins coming against non-D1 opponents. Outside those two matchups, Stony Brook has put together a challenging non-league schedule which saw an overtime loss to Vanderbilt (79-72), a one-point loss at Western Kentucky (67-66) and back-to-back defeats at Notre Dame and Northeastern. SBU's two RPI-counting wins are against a tough Princeton squad and Loyola Maryland. 

Senior Jameel Warney leads Coach Steve Pikkell's squad with 19.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He is Stony Brook's all-time leading Division I scorer. The Seawolves also have three other players scoring in double figures: Carson Puriefoy (12.6), Rayshaun McGrew (10.4) and Ahmad Walker (10.3). 

American has faced five of the nine schools in the America East Conference in its history. This is AU's second contest against a member of the America East this year. In the first game at New Hampshire, AU picked up its first win, 68-50, after trailing by double digits early. AU's most played opponent, UMBC, happens to be 35 miles away. The Eagles are 6-3 against the Retrievers. American has yet to play Binghamton, Hartford, Maine and UMass Lowell.